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Collection Overview

Creator:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
Princeton University Library Collection of Western Americana Photographs
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/pn89d9197
Dates:
1840-1998 (mostly 1870-1915)
Size:
144 boxes and 123 linear feet
Storage Note:
This is stored in multiple locations. Firestone Library (mss): Boxes H1; H2; H3; L1; L2; L3; L4; L5; L6; L7; L8; L9; L10; L11; L12; L13; L14; L15; L16; L17; L18; L19; L20; L21; L22; L23; L24; L25; L26; L27; L28; L29; L30; L31; L32; L33; L34; L35; L36; L37; M1; M2; M3; M4; M5; M6; M7; M8; M9; M10; M11; M12; M13; M14; M15; M16; M17; M18; M19; M20; M21; M22; M23; M24; M25; M26; M27; M28; M29; M30; M31; M32; M33; M34; M35; M36; M37; M38; M39; M40; M41; M42; M43; M44; M45; M46; M47; M48; M49; M50; M51; M52; M53; M54; M55; M56; M57; M58; M59; M60; M61; M62; M63; M64; M65; M66; M67; M68; M69; M70; M71; M72; M73; M74; S1; S2; S3; S4; S5; S6; S7; S8; S9; S10; S11; S12; S13; S14; X3; X4; X5; X1; X2; X6; P-000076; P-000082; P-000113; B-001455 Firestone Library (hsvm): Boxes H4; H5; X7; X8; H6
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of a closed collection of more than 5,000 Western Americana photographs, consisting mostly of documentary photographs of the Trans-Mississippi West from the late 1860s to early 1900s. Subjects include American Indians (especially studio portraits), natural wonders, cities, towns, buildings, and economic activities (mining, railroads, logging, and agriculture). Some photographs relate to the Indigenous populations of Mexico and Central America. The dimensions, physical formats, and photographic processes of the photographs vary widely.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

Started in the 1970s, this closed collection includes more than 5,000 photographs consisting mostly of documentary photographs of the Trans-Mississippi West from the late 1860s to early 1900s. Subjects include American Indians (especially studio portraits), natural wonders, cities, towns, buildings, and economic activities (mining, railroads, logging, and agriculture). Some photographs relate to the Indigenous populations of Mexico and Central America. The dimensions, physical formats, and photographic processes of the photographs vary widely.

Photographers represented include Charles Milton Bell, John Nicholas Choate, John K. Hillers, Charles Fletcher Lummis, Eadweard Muybridge, Frank A. Rinehart, Bernard Gurney Randall, Carlton E. Watkins, Orloff R. Westmann, Ben Wittick, and many others; as well as photographers whose work was marketed commercially by the Keystone View Company, Underwood & Underwood, and other firms. The collection also includes the work of some contemporary photographers, such as Ulli Steltzer and Kenji Kawano.

For earlier accessions, photographs that are identified with the letter "S" are small prints, many of which are stereographic photographs; those identified with the letters "M" and "L" are mostly albumen prints, and the latter are oversize; photographs with the letter "H" include tintypes, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, and lantern slides; and photographs marked with "X" include mammoth prints as well as gelatin silver prints.

No additions will be made to this collection. Accessions relating to this topic will be added to the General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection (C0140).

Arrangement:

Photographs aquired prior to 2015 are arranged by size and format. Photographs aquired after 2015 are arranged in the order in which they were accessioned.

Collection History

Acquisition:

This is an open collection that continually grows from gifts and purchases.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed and described by Heather Shannon in 2006. Finding aid created by Faith Charlton in 2014. Finding aid updated periodically with new accessions by Faith Charlton, Kelly Bolding, and Chloe Pfendler.

No additions will be made to this collection. Accessions relating to this topic will be added to the General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection (C0140).

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

This collection is open to researchers.

Conditions for Reproduction and Use:

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication 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 RBSC 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.

Credit this material:

Princeton University Library Collection of Western Americana Photographs; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/pn89d9197
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184