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Photographs and other materials depicting the New York Public Library

Photographs and other materials depicting the New York Public Library [graphic].
185--1988; bulk 1870-1940.

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Additional Authors
Ca. 2000 photographic prints : silver gelatin, albumen, gum bichromate, platinum, cyanotype, some col.,; 14 1/2 x 21 in. or smaller.
  • Group portraits.
  • Portraits.
  • Advertisements.
  • Albumen prints.
  • Albums.
  • Clippings.
  • Collotypes.
  • Cyanotypes.
  • Gum bichromate prints.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Photomechanical prints.
  • Platinum prints.
  • Postcards.
  • Silver gelatin prints.
  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • The collection includes a wide variety of material including several albums. The albums contain clippings, postcards, photostats, lithographs and other materials not reflected in the item count above. Photostat surrogates of art work held in the Print Room are also part of the collection.
  • Related materials are held in RG10, Visual Materials, New York Public Library Archives, Rare Book and Manuscripts Division, and in separately cataloged collections in the Photography Collection.
  • Photographers include commercial and architectural photographers such as Frederick J. Stein and Wurts Brothers, newspaper and magazine photographers, other photographers working on contract such as Percy Sperr and Lewis Hine, staff members such as Miss K. Hardie, Laura V. Schnarendorf and William Gamble, interested amateurs, and others.
Access (note)
  • Restricted access;
Indexed In (note)
  • NYPL's photographic archives, including materials in the Photography Collection and in the NYPL Archives are described in Biblion, Vol. 4, No. 1, Fall, 1995.
Provenance (note)
  • Transferred from the General Research Division, and the vault; gifts of Mrs. Helen J. Zuckerman, 1982, and Anonymous, 1987.
Call Number
MFY 95-56
Photographs and other materials depicting the New York Public Library [graphic].
185--1988; bulk 1870-1940.
Restricted Access
Restricted access; Photography Collection; Permit must be requested at division indicated.
Indexed In:
NYPL's photographic archives, including materials in the Photography Collection and in the NYPL Archives are described in Biblion, Vol. 4, No. 1, Fall, 1995.
Images of the New York Public Library, including the Astor and Lenox Libraries, and the Cathedral Library, New York Free Circulating Library and Aguilar Free Library. Includes interiors and exteriors of buildings, the site and construction of the Central Research Library (designated Center for the Humanities, 1995), including images of the Croton Reservoir, and the quarry in Vermont from which came the marble for the Central Building; construction and remodelling of branches, including work done by the W.P.A. or P.W.A.; library services to readers, especially children, including story hours, puppet shows, clubs, theater productions and lectures; special subject collections such as music, the Schomburg Collection, and the Print Room; services to special populations such as the blind and prison inmates; technical and support services including cataloging, shipping, the bindery; bookmobiles, including a soap box bookmobile; "travelling libraries," which were housed in fire stations, hospitals, businesses, settlement houses and other locations; the Bryant Park Open Air Reading Room, which operated during the Depression; galleries in the Central Building and Lenox Library and exhibitions throughout the system; the Krigwa Players, an African American theater group which performed in the 135th Street Branch (later Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture); use of library facilities by Americanization and English classes, Y.M.C.A, and other organizations.
Other views include New York neighborhoods and streets, in particular the neighborhood surrounding the Central Research Library, including 5th Avenue, 42nd Street, Bryant Park and environs; events held on the steps of the library or on 5th Avenue, including World War I book and loan drives and parades, an N.R.A. parade, Gen. Eisenhower waving from an open car in a parade; celebrations and anniversaries relating to the library are also depicted. Portraits include the founders, John Jacob Astor, Samuel J. Tilden and James Lenox; the architects of the Central Building, John M. Carrere and Thomas Hastings; administrators, including the library's first director John Shaw Billings; trustees, including Andrew Carnegie; and portrait and candid shots of staff.
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Ahrends, Justus. Photographer
Alland, Alexander. Photographer
Allen, Paul. Photographer
Anderson. Photographer
Bachrach, Fabian, 1917- . Photographer
Bagley, Edward Olden. Photographer
Baker, Floyd E. Photographer
Beals, Jesse Tarbox. Photographer
Blackburn, Philip C. (Philip Conklin), 1907- Photographer
Bock, M. Photographer
Bolen, E. S. Photographer
Curtis, C. Photographer
Derounian, Arthur. Photographer
Dixon, Thomas. Photographer
Douglas, George A. Photographer
Falk, Ian. Photographer
Fowler, E. L. Photographer
French, A. Photographer
Galloway, Ewing. Photographer
Gamble, William B. Photographer
Garber, Maurey. Photographer
Garber, Ossip. Photographer
Garrison, W. E. Photographer
Gasparini, Katherine. Photographer
Gass, John. Photographer
Hardie, K. Photographer
Hassler, W. D. Photographer
Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940. Photographer
Höllinger, Herwig. Photographer
Hopper, E. F. Photographer
Jackson, E. Photographer
Lederhandler, Marty. Photographer
Lepreau, Frank J. Photographer
Lewisohn, John. Photographer
Loeffler, A. (August J.) Photographer
McCrae, Wendell. Photographer
MacDonald, Pirie I., 1867-1942. Photographer
Mitchell, Lotus Lucille. Photographer
Moore, Robert D. Photographer
Nelson, O. E. Photographer
Ogden, Beecher. Photographer
Pepperberg, Roy L. Photographer
Pran, Dith. Photographer
Ramsden, Charles T. Photographer
Rasoh, Emil. Photographer
Richmond, Ira. Photographer
Rivlin, Joseph B. (Joseph Barry), 1910- Photographer
Robertson, G. A. Photographer
Robinson, Amy C. Photographer
Rockwood, George Gardner, 1832-1911. Photographer
Royce, Caroline H. Photographer
Schloss. Photographer
Schnarendorf, Laura V. Photographer
Schuszler, Alajos. Photographer
Scott, A. Wentworth. Photographer
Seidman, Sy. Photographer
Singer, Mr. Photographer
Singler, Frank C. Photographer
Sipprell, Clara E. Photographer
Sloane, Albert J. Photographer
Smith, Thomas H. Photographer
Smutny, R. V. Photographer
Sperr, Percy Loomis. Photographer
Spray, G. H. Photographer
Sproul, A. E. Photographer
Steele, K. D. Photographer
Stein, Frederick J. Photographer
Tiemann, H. N. Photographer
Underhill, Irving. Photographer
Weber, Tommy. Photographer
Weinberg, Joseph. Photographer
Wurgel, Rene A. Photographer
Young, Sol. Photographer
Zahn, M. B. Photographer
Beacon Photo Co. Photographer
Blackstone Studios. Photographer
Bradley & Merrill. Photographer
Brown Brothers & Company. Photographer
N.L. Coe and Son. Photographer
Davis & Sanborn. Photographer
Detroit Publishing Co. Publisher
George P. Hall & Son. Photographer
L.R. Studios. Photographer
New York Edison Company Photographic Bureau. Photographer
Pach Brothers. Photographer
Peyser & Patzig. Photographer
Shelburne Studios. Photographer
Underwood & Underwood. Publisher
Wide World Photos. Photographer
Wurts Bros. Photographer
Research Call Number
MFY 95-56
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