The Harvard University Band Photo Archive
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Getting Started with the HUB Photo Archive


The Harvard University Band photo archive has two primary goals.  First, it provides a single place for bandies and crusties to share their own photos of band events.  Second, it provides access to and digital archiving of the Band's own collection of historic photos (at least those we've gotten around to scanning).


The archive currently resides on the photo-sharing web site Flickr, in an account called "hubarchive."  In order to protect the privacy of bandies who might not want to be identified and labeled to the general public, you must become a "friend" of  hubarchive in order to view the photos.  To do so, send your name, class year, and Harvard email address (e.g., or to  We will then email you a link to complete the "friend" process.


NOTE--All Harvard alumni are eligible to get a free email address (which will simply forward messages to your own designated account) at


Once you're signed in to Flickr, you will see one or more HUB archive photos in your “People You Follow” page.  To get there, mouse over the “People” tab and choose "Photos From”.  Click the "hubarchive" link on any of the photos to go to the HUB archive home page.  Alternately, you can go directly to  Once on the HUB archive home page, click on the "Albums" link to view various albums of photos grouped by date and/or subject.


For more information on using your Flickr account, managing your personal information, etc., consult the Flickr help FAQ at



Uploading Your HUB Photos to the Archive


You can share your personal photos of band events with other bandies through the archive.  Remember, these will be available to a lot of bandies, so don't add any photos that would keep the subject from running for public office!  Merely embarrassing and goofy photos, of course, are welcome and expected. 

In order to keep things organized as a true archive, please upload your photos to the photo archive account sponsored by the Harvard Band Foundation.  To do this, please log on to Flickr using the HUB archive account.  The username is "hubarchive."  The password is the first name of everybody's favorite fictional crustie - two t's, all lower case.  If you don't know what we're talking about, e-mail and convince us that you are/were actually connected with the band.  

Flickr's web-based uploading interface is easy to understand and use, and you can upload a large group of photos at once with it.  To get started, log out of your personal Flickr account using the "Sign Out" link, which can be found by mousing over your account icon in the upper right corner.  On the next screen, click "Sign in" in the upper right corner.  Log in using the "hubarchive" ID (see above for the password hint), click the "Upload " tab, and highlight multiple photo files from the resulting interface.  Feel free to upload photos at as high of a resolution as possible.  There are no upload or file size limits with this Flickr account. 

Once a group of photos is uploaded, you can add tags (word descriptions) and group photos into albums.  Please add whatever tags you feel are appropriate.  Finally, please put your photos into one or more new albums and name the albums appropriately - an album can be more than one event, meaning that something like "2005 Football Season" is fine as a title.  You can also add a description of the album, and you can use this space to identify yourself as the photographer.  Check out the existing albums for some examples of album names and descriptions.

If your photos are from before 2000 or so, they are probably not in digital form.  Most modern flatbed scanners will create very good digital images of prints.  We suggest scanning at 600 dpi (dots/pixels per inch), with as much color depth as your scanner can do.  For standard 3x5 or 4x6 prints, this will create jpeg images of around 1 MB or less, and will still capture most of the detail in the print.  If the program asks you an additional question about what "quality" you want, choose something from the higher end of whatever range they give you (this will affect the level of compression that goes into creating the jpeg file).  Many software programs that come with scanners also do other useful tricks, such as automatically naming the scanned photos in sequence:  PIC001, PIC002, etc.  If you have only negatives or slides, you will need a backlight attachment or other specialized scanner, and will want to scan at much higher than 600 dpi.