Contents and Arrangement

Series 1: Glass Plate Negative Prints, undated

2 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The glass plate negative prints consist of 479 contact prints made from the glass plate negatives that were stored in original negative boxes in a crate found in the MacMillan Building on Princeton University campus. The original order of the glass plate negatives, as they were stored within the original negative boxes, has been maintained. While it is not entirely certain, presumably around 1906, someone (perhaps Alexander R. Gulick or the photographer) placed these negatives in the boxes and labeled each with a subject. This arrangement does not reflect any chronological order or numerical order in terms of the numbers assigned to each negative, but it does appear to reflect how the images were used. The original glass plate boxes have been kept and are housed at the end of the collection as a separate series.

The images have been arranged alphabetically by general subject, and then according to the designation written on the side of the negative box. A number of the boxes were labeled with the same subject. When this occurs, the first box with the same subject has an (a) after its subject, the second a (b), and so on. At times the designation on the negative box indicates a month, but neither this designation nor a date inscribed with the negative number should be taken at face value. For example, the designation on the outside of the box labeled "Washington Street July" leads one to believe that all of the images in this box must date from the month of July (and probably from the year 1906, given the stage of work depicted). However, as negatives in the box are marked so as to indicate possible dates from August and September, as well as July, the work depicted in these images must cover a longer period of time. Thus the designations assigned to each box usually indicate the place depicted in the images, and sometimes, but not always, the time at which they were taken.

When a negative is of special interest, it is referred to by negative number in the following description. Numbers were written on a majority of the glass plate negatives. These numbers are given in the box listing following this description.


No arrangement action taken or arrangement information not recorded at the time of processing.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Melissa Johnson with assistance from Scott Hamilton in 2000. Alison Speckman produced the archival contact prints from the glass plate negatives. Finding aid written by Melissa Johnson, Scott Hamilton in 2000. Box 12 was added by Christie Peterson in August 2012. Glass plate negatives were rehoused and new box numbers were assigned for the collection in September 2019.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The glass plate negatives have been rehoused and retired from use. Research will be conducted using the archival contact prints, and reproductions will be made from these new paper prints. The paper prints developed circa 1905-1907 will be available for research use, and are housed as a separate series with the contact prints.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. If copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from the Mudd Library. For materials where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Series 1: Glass Plate Negative Prints; Historical Photograph Collection, Lake Carnegie Construction Photographs, AC065, Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library
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Storage Note:
  • Mudd Manuscript Library (mudd): Box 23-24

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