- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
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Gertie Platk, dates not examined
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Content Warning
Many of the photographs in this series contain dehumanizing and harmful descriptions using racist, colonialist, and ableist language. In the majority of cases, the descriptions of people have been transcribed from the photographs themselves. Some of the photographs have been stamped with titles (likely by the original photographic studio); other titles are handwritten. In cases where photographs have no title, descriptions derive from a typewritten inventory of the collection that may have been provided by the donor, or may have been created by an archivist.
Arranged by subject of photograph.
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Melanie Papasian, Princeton Class of 2003 and Rachel Jordan in 2002 and 2004 . Finding aid written by Melanie Papasian, Princeton Class of 2003 and Rachel Jordan in 2002 and 2004.
The existence of harmful language was noted in collection- and series-level descriptive notes by Amy C. Vo and Phoebe Nobles in 2022 as an initial step for reparative description-related work.
In 2022, restrictions on glass-plate negatives were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
The glass-plate negatives require special handling in the reading room.
- Credit this material:
Gertie Platk; McCaddon Collection of the Barnum and Bailey Circus, TC040, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 12
- Barnum and Bailey