Harry A. Williamson photograph collection

Title
Harry A. Williamson photograph collection [graphic].
Author
Williamson, Harry A. (Harry Albro), 1875-1965.
Publication
1860-1965.
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box 1Still imageUse in libraryAvailableSc Photo Harry A. Williamson Collection box 1Schomburg Center - Photographs & Prints
box 2Still imageUse in libraryAvailableSc Photo Harry A. Williamson Collection box 2Schomburg Center - Photographs & Prints
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Additional Authors
Found In
p1bc Williamson, Henry Albro, Harry A. Williamson collection, (CstRLIN)NYPW89-A23.
Description
  • 383 items (4.5 lin. ft., 4 boxes).; 29 x 30 cm. and smaller.
  • 353 photographic prints : silver gelatin, b&w ;
  • 1 photographic print : col. ;
  • 17 photographic prints : albumen ;
  • 12 photomechanical prints : b&w ;
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Group portraits – 1920-1969.
  • Portrait photographs – 1860-1969.
  • Snapshots – 1860-1969.
  • Silver gelatin prints – 1920-1969.
  • Albumen prints – 1860-1909.
  • Cabinet card photographs – 1860-1909.
  • Photomechanical prints – 1900-1959.
  • Facsimiles – 1930-1969.
Note
  • Descriptive information attached to many of the photographs.
  • The three ring binder (box 1), assembled by Schomburg staff, includes pages form a personal photograph album. A number of album pages are dispersed througout the collection.
  • Collection contains photographs by A. Hansen Studio, Walter Baker's Studio, De Youngs, Cecil Layne, and others.
Biography (note)
  • Harry A. Williamson, a member of the brotherhood of Freemasonry, was a prolific writer on the subject of Freemasonry and a diligent record collector of the history of African-American Freemasonry.
  • Williamson's professional work included a brief career in the paper manufacturing business. Williamson also worked in other occupations, and passed examinations for both the New York State Board of Chiropody and the United States Postal Service. He eventually chose a career with the United States Postal Service, where he remained until his retirement in 1940.
Linking Entry (note)
  • Forms part of the Harry A. Williamson collection (1875-1965) [microfilm]
Call Number
Sc Photo Harry A. Williamson Collection
Author
Williamson, Harry A. (Harry Albro), 1875-1965.
Title
Harry A. Williamson photograph collection [graphic].
Imprint
1860-1965.
Summary
The Harry A. Williamson Photograph Collection documents his personal life and various aspects Freemasonry history. Personal photographs include portraits of Williamson throughout his life and images of family and friends. Family photographs document a portion of both his father's and mother's (Lyons family) family history prior to Williamson's birth.
Freemasonry images document Freemasonry among African Americans and general Mason history. Images include portraits (individual and group); Masonic Halls, Lodges, and monuments; and various Masonic activities and events. Portraits are of Lodge officers, post Masters, and members of various Masonic Lodges. Although never known to be a Mason, the collection includes a portrait of Abraham Lincoln in Masonic atire. Group portraits are of Lodge officers and Masonic members. Several group portraits are of Women Freemasons. A number of the group portraits document Masonic ceremonial dress of men and women. The collection also contains a photograph of George Walker, Bert Williams, and Ada Wlker (Walker and Williams) on stage. Walker and Williams were known to have been initiated into the Scottish Masonic Order on one of their European tours. Masonic Halls and Lodges represented include the Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Celestial Lodge No. 3, Carthaginian Lodge No. 47, and other Lodge buildings and Masoic Halls in the United States. Also included are Masonic monuments in the United States and abroad.
Activities and events documented include award ceremonies, Masonic services, assemblies, banquets, conferences, meetings, and general gatherings. One notable event is a visit by a group of Prince Hall Masons in Paris, France, to the Arc de Triomphe in 1926, to lay a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The visit recorded was the first time any people of color had laid a wreath for the "soldier known only to God." With the exception of one image (a photomotage) for the U.S. National Air Mail Week (1938), the collection does not contain images of of Williamson's career with the U.S. Porstal Service.
Linking Entry
Forms part of the Harry A. Williamson collection (1875-1965) [microfilm]
Biography
Harry A. Williamson, a member of the brotherhood of Freemasonry, was a prolific writer on the subject of Freemasonry and a diligent record collector of the history of African-American Freemasonry. In 1904 Williamson joined the brotherhood of Freemasonry, and was initiated, passed and raised in Mount Olive Lodge in Manhattan. In his later years, Williamson became a member of the Grand Lodge of New York (Prince Hall). He held more elected and appointed positions in the Grand Lodge than any other member of its history. Throughout his life, Williamson was an honorary member of numerours lodges and a member of a number of United States and foreign societies.
Williamson's professional work included a brief career in the paper manufacturing business. Williamson also worked in other occupations, and passed examinations for both the New York State Board of Chiropody and the United States Postal Service. He eventually chose a career with the United States Postal Service, where he remained until his retirement in 1940.
Local Note
SCM 85-21
Connect to:
Added Author
Layne, Cecil. Photographer
Prescod, Doc. Photographer
A. Hansen Studio (New York, N.Y.)
De Youngs (New York, N.Y.)
Walter Baker's Studio (New York, N.Y.)
Found In:
p1bc Williamson, Henry Albro, Harry A. Williamson collection, (CstRLIN)NYPW89-A23.
Research Call Number
Sc Photo Harry A. Williamson Collection
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