Frederick (Fred) Wallace Kent – February 3, 1894 – July 17, 1984 – photographed everyday scenes and the extraordinary in Iowa City for 70+ years. He holds the honor of first recipient of the Iowa City Historic Preservation Commission Award (1984) for documenting the growth of the area through his photographs. On this page we want to offer you a small sampling of his classic works. Read more about Fred W. Kent here.
For U of I 175th Anniversary in 2022 – Fred Kent’s 1925 photo of the Pentacrest was colorized.
1915 – SUI Coeds relaxing on University Square (left), Old Capitol (right).
1920’s – Fred even took pictures of Iowa City from the air!
Fred’s detailed photographs of Old Capitol prior to the 1922 renovation project aided greatly in the 1976 restoration of the building. Read more here.
1930’s – Pearson’s Drug Store on the corner of Linn & Market Streets (left), Varsity Cleaner delivery service (right).
1930’s – Women’s Rifle Team (left), ROTC Band leaders at Old Capitol (right).
1940’s – Homecoming Parade on Clinton Street (left), WSUI Radio Broadcast (right).
1950’s – Of course – no collection of Fred W. Kent photos could be complete with a few shots of Herky the Hawk.
1950’s – Downtown Iowa City.
A good portion of Fred’s photograph collection was transferred to the University of Iowa Archives and his meticulously labeled collection of family albums, travel albums, nature scenes, audio tapes, negatives, letters, diaries and his camera collection were all donated to the State Historical Society.
Kudos to the amazing resources below for the many quotes, photographs, etc. used on this page.
Memorial Service for Martin Luther King, Jr. photo (1968), Fred Kent, Facing East and Facing West – Iowa’s Old Capitol Museum, Linzie Kull McCray & Thomas Langdon (2007) University of Iowa Press, p 12