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Bob Kisken photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-0596

Scope and Content

This collection (1986-2011, undated) contains biographical information, reference material on barns, and photographs taken by Kisken of barns in Montana, South Dakota, Michigan, Tennessee, Illinois, Idaho, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Missouri, Washington, Colorado, Ohio, Kansas, Indiana and Wyoming as well as Saskatchewan, Canada. The barns cover a whole variety including kit barns from Sears, Roebuck, and Company; red barns; white barns; cantilever barns; German style barns; round barns; brick and wood barns. A number of the barns are Finnish built. Also included are rural scenes including homesteads, grain elevators, prairie scenes, and silos. Photographs were taken by Bob Kisken from 1990-2011.



The collection was donated in honor of Bob Kisken's sons, Nate Kisken (1968-2003) and Whitney Kisken (1962).

Dates

  • 1986-2011, undated

Language of Materials

English

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives. Please note: If "Finnish built" is written on the back of a photograph, copyright belongs to the Institute of Migration (Turku, Finland). See attached document of Finland Photos.

Biography/Profile

Robert (Bob) Kisken was born March 20, 1935 in Tarrytown, New York. Kisken studied at Hope College in Holland, Michigan and received a B. A. (1962) in math from Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois. He later did graduate work in government at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. After working for a year in Cookeville, Tennessee as Assistant Director of Operation Pebble (a program for Appalachian children), Kisken taught math and government in Ann Arbor public schools for almost thirty years (1965-1994). After retirement, Kisken was able to spend more time with his hobby in photography, and does ranch and farm photography. After retirement, he has lived in Mobridge, South Dakota and then Glenrock, Wyoming.

Extent

16.67 Linear Feet (9 records center boxes, 2 oversize boxes, 3 document boxes, and 1 half-document box)

Abstract

Robert (Bob) Kisken is a retired teacher from Michigan and now does ranch and farm photography as a hobby. After retirement, he has lived in Mobridge, South Dakota and then Glenrock, Wyoming. This collection contains photographs taken by Kisken of barns in the Midwest but also includes some from other states and Canada. The barns cover a variety including kit barns from Sears, Roebuck, and Company; red barns; white barns; cantilever barns; German style barns; round barns; brick and wood barns. Also included are rural scenes including homesteads, grain elevators, prairie scenes, and silos. Photographs were taken by Bob Kisken from 1990-2011.

Attached file lists photos donated by Kisken to the Institute of Migration, Turku, Finland. There may be some duplication of these photos with those in this collection. Copyright for those photos is held by the institute in Finland.

Arrangement

The collection is organized in its original order, with biographical and background information listed at the front.



Many photographs are color, 8.5x11 inches in size, however not all.

Items in related collections

MS-0661. Michael P. Harker photographs, 1993-2001, undated

Related collection materials

Other collections of Bob Kisken's photographs can be found at:

American Heritage Center (University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming): http://ahc.uwyo.edu/usearchives/inventories/11383.htm

Hobo Museum (Britt, Iowa)

Institute of Migration (Turku, Finland)



Books about barns donated by Bob Kisken and located in the Special Collections Department are listed below. A number of these books include Kisken's notations, and barns which he took photographs of are often marked:

The Old Barn Book: A Field Guide to North American Barns and Other Farm Structures, by Allen G. Noble and Richard K. Cleek (2003)

Louden Barn Plans, by Louden Machine Company (reprint of 1915 original)

Barns Without Corners: Round Barns of Vernon County, Wisconsin, by Kevin and Patsy Alderson (2010)

Round Barns of Vernon County, Wisconsin: A Circle Tour, by Gail Curry Fish et al. (1996)

Round Barns of Vernon County, Wisconsin: A Circle Tour, by Gail Curry Fish et al. (updated 2004)

Without Right Angles: The Round Barns of Iowa, by Lowell J. Soike (1983)

Eastern Iowa's Historic Barns and Other Farm Structures: Including the Amana Colonies, by Deb M. Schense (2006)

Barns of Wisconsin, by Jerry Apps (1995)

Advertising Barns: Vanishing American Landmarks, by William G. Simmonds (2004)

Collection Files

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

Title
MS-0596. Bob Kisken photographs, 1986-2011, undated
Date
September 8, 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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