Photojournalist Charles Ray documented the second half of the twentieth century with an unerring eye and an incomparable nose for news. Ray's camera captured a nation in flux. Through his lens, the public experienced the drama of presidential campaigns, the passion of the civil rights movement, and the adventure and tragedy of NASA's race for space. Charles Ray documented our nation's growing pains, including the bloody clashes between police and journalists covering the civil rights protests of the 1960s, and the tragic end of Camelot. He holds awards from The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the National Press Photographers Association, the Illinois Press Photographers Association, and the Chicago Press Photographers Association, as well as a three-time recipient of the Cameraman of the Year award and multiple Emmy Awards. Charles Ray graciously donated his collection to the Florida Gulf Coast University Library in 2002. The Charles A. Ray Photography Collection includes photographs, negatives, daybooks, audiotapes, videotapes, periodicals, newspapers, a reel-to-reel projector, 16mm film, and other professional mementos.