Severson Photo Negative Scanning Project

Years ago we were given several boxes of old large (4×6 and 5×7) photo negatives from the Severson Studio which was owned and operated by Herbert M. Severson (1885-1971) in Scottsbluff.  Most of the negatives were in old, thin paper sleeves that were literally breaking apart as they were handled.  Written on most but not all of the paper sleeves was a name which we presume is the surname of the individual in the photo.

The Severson Photo Negative Scanning Project was actually designed as two distinct projects.  Phase 1 of the project entailed removing each and every photo negative from its paper sleeve and then placing it in a new archival safe polyester photo negative sleeve.  We then copied any information from the paper sleeve to a new label and placed the label on the new sleeve.  The photo negatives, in their new archival safe sleeves, were then placed into archival safe lignin free boxes for long term storage.

Phase 2 of the project, when started, will be to digitally scan each and every photo negative in the collection and then place those images on this website.

This project and especially phase 2, will be one of those tedious and time consuming projects that may take a year or several to complete.  We have not yet purchased or setup the computer equipment that will be required to complete this project but once a project leader is assigned and other volunteers are brought on board, a designated work area at the Center will be allocated and the equipment will be purchased for the project.  Project volunteers will be able to work on this project at their convenience.  The project leader will be responsible for managing the project and will provide occasional status reports to the staff and director.

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7 Responses to Severson Photo Negative Scanning Project

  1. Kim Severson says:

    I am a grandson of Herbert Severson and I am interested in any info on this project
    Kim S. Severson

    • WNFRHC WNFRHC says:

      Hello Kim,

      The first phase of this project has been completed, all of the photo negatives have been moved to archival safe sleeves. Phase two has not yet been started, but we have acquired the necessary equipment to start that part of the project. As soon as a project manager has been assigned we will begin scanning the photo negatives and creating an index to post on this website.

      Please let me know if you have anymore specific questions………..Floyd

      • Kim Severson says:

        My sister Joni Severson Millard has more pictures from WW2 that our dad had during the war. Would you be interested?

        • WNFRHC WNFRHC says:


          Yes, we would be interested in any pictures you and your family would like to share. Please feel free to e-mail me or have Joni e-mail me directly at to discuss all the details…….Floyd

  2. Mark E. Severson says:

    As a great grandson of Herbert Severson, I have been trying to find out more information about his life in Western Nebraska.

    • WNFRHC WNFRHC says:

      Hello Mark,

      I’m afraid we don’t know much information about your great-grandfather but as this project moves along we will add historical information as its discovered. If there is something specific you are looking for let us know and we’ll see what we can do to help.

      Thank you for taking the time to reach out to us………….Floyd

      • Mark Severson says:

        We are still looking for any information on his parents O.E. Severson and pictures. Thank you. Mark

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