Mission & Overview

The McDougall Center’s purpose is to preserve for archival, research and educational use collections of photographs by newspaper, magazine and documentary photographers.

Further, it creates the Missouri Photojournalism Archive, providing educational programming from the archive of Angus McDougall and other individual photographers, while sustaining and expanding educational efforts of existing Missouri programs: the Missouri Photo WorkshopPictures of the Year InternationalCollege Photographer of the Year Competition and the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame. These programs resonate with the Missouri Photojournalism Archive initiative, but each maintains its identity.


The Center is funded through proceeds from an endowment established by Angus and Betty McDougall, with infrastructure support from the Missouri School of Journalism. Additional funding comes from public support.   Support the Center >


Materials are stored at University Records Managment; as the work is scanned and readied for the active electronic archive, original materials will be stored in cold storage or best available storage. A goal of the Center will be to construct optimum space for the collection.


Individuals interested in conducting research on archival materials and photographs within the collection should contact the center. Through prior agreement, researchers will be give onsite access to materials as well as a temporary onsite space in which to conduct their research. Special permission for remote access to Digitized materials may be arranged.

No Tears For Tommy

Tommy Cook was born with no legs and only short stumps of upper arms due to a genetic condition (He was not a thalidomide victim as many assumed). He was adopted by Oliver Cook, a machine operator at International Harvester’s Memphis Works, and his wife, Dorothy. Tommy got his first fiberglass arms at 18 months and soon received a bucket seat platform on ball bearings that let him move throughout the house. When he was two and a half, he was fitted for his first pair of artificial legs. On his first day as a first-grader, Tommy stood alongside the other students in his class. Angus McDougall documented Tommy’s life for three pieces for International Harvester in 1963, 1964, and 1968, recording these milestones along the way.

American West

Alan Berner’s American West essay was a Nikon/NPPA Sabbatical grant winner. Berner started photographing this project in 1995 and continues to add to it. “The New West to me is the fast-growing West, the arid West with a dramatic landscape. It’s a place where humans are very small in scale on the land, but our impact is enormous. And in many ways our presence is absurd and out of place.”

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Berner has degrees in philosophy and photojournalism from the University of Missouri. He has been involved in numerous projects of social concern including coverage of Washington’s American Indian tribes, Seattle’s homeless, world-wide pollution and growth in the Puget Sound region. The National Press Photographer’s Association has named Berner the Regional Press Photographer of the Year three times (1988, ’89, and ’90) and he’s been a runnerup five times. His project, “The American West in the l990’s,” won the Nikon/NPPA Documentary Sabbatical grant for 1995. He is currently a staff photographer at the Seattle Times and has been a frequent faculty member of the Missouri Photo Workshop.