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Collection Number: P0030

Collection Title: John H. Tarbell Photographic Collection, 1897-1907 (bulk 1897-1901)

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Size 2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 68 items)
Abstract John H. Tarbell (1849-1929) was a photographer who operated a studio in Asheville, N.C., between 1896 and 1901. Originally from Massachusetts, Tarbell returned to New England around 1902 and remained there until his death in 1929. The collection includes 68 images taken by John H. Tarbell between 1897 and 1907 (bulk 1897-1901). A majority of the images are believed to have been be taken in Asheville, N.C., and surrounding areas. Images include the Biltmore Estate, which at that time was the private residence of George Vanderbilt, and people and residences believed to be in the vicinity of Asheville, N.C. Tarbell's images depicting African Americans in the southern parts of the United States were widely published during the early part of the twentieth century and appeared in publications including Cosmopolitan and New England Magazine; however, the collection contains none of those published images and only one image of an African American woman who may be Ms. "Aunt" Betsy Washington, whom Tarbell photographed/interviewed for an article in New England Magazine.
Creator Tarbell, John H., 1849-1929.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No image in this collection may be reproduced without the permission and consent of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of materials in in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the John H. Tarbell Photographic Collection #P0030, North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Materials were purchased by the North Carolina Collection in 1988.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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John H. Tarbell was born in 1849 in Groton, Mass. He was an active photographer between 1896 and 1908, with a studio in Asheville, N.C., between the years 1896 and 1901. Originally from Massachusetts, he returned to New England around 1902 and remained there until his death in 1929. Tarbell stopped taking photographs in or around 1908. Tarbell's images depicting African Americans in the southern parts of the United States were widely published during the early part of the twentieth century and appeared in publications including Cosmopolitan and New England magazine (Boston, Mass.: 1887). A selection of Tarbell's work is held at the United States Library of Congress.

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The collection includes images depicting people and places believed to be in the vicinity of Asheville, N.C., between the years 1896 and 1908. The only images that have been identified depict areas in the vicinity of Asheville and include the Biltmore Estate. None of the individuals in the collection are identified. Tarbell's images depicting African Americans in the southern parts of the United States were widely published during the early part of the twentieth century and appeared in publications including Cosmopolitan and New England Magazine; however, the collection contains none of those published images and only one image of an African American woman who may be Ms. "Aunt" Betsy Washington, whom Tarbell photographed/interviewed for an article in New England magazine.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. People, circa 1897-1908.

36 images

Portraits made in the studio and in the field of unidentified individuals believed to have been taken in Asheville, N.C., and its vicinity; New York; and Massachusetts.

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Glass Negative P0030/0001

African American woman measuring height of two Caucasian children, 1901 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0001

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Woman may be Ms. "Aunt" Betsy Washington, whom Tarbell photographed/interviewed for an article entitled "My Experiences Photographing the Negro in the South" featured in the December 1903 edition of New England Magazine.

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Glass Negative P0030/0002

Man walking down road with dog, 1907 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0002

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

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Glass Negative P0030/0003

Older man reading newspaper/whittling wood, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0003

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

2 images

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Glass Negative P0030/0004

Older woman reading book in chair, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0004

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0005

Portrait of man, circa 1906 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0005

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

3 images

Image taken in New York, N.Y.

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Glass Negative P0030/0006

Portrait of man, circa 1906 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0006

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same subject as P0030/0007.

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Glass Negative P0030/0007

Portrait of man in military uniform, circa 1906 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0007

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same subject as P0030/0006.

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Glass Negative P0030/0008

Portrait of Native American man in traditional clothing, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0008

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

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Glass Negative P0030/0009

Portrait of Native American man in traditional clothing, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0009

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0010

Portrait of older man holding child, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0010

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

2 images

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Glass Negative P0030/0011

Portrait of older man holding child, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0011

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

2 images

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Glass Negative P0030/0012

Portrait of woman and child , circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0012

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

2 images

Same subjects as P0030/0013.

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Glass Negative P0030/0013

Portrait of woman and child , circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0013

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

2 images

Same subjects as P0030/0012.

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Glass Negative P0030/0014

Portrait of woman and child, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0014

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0015

Portrait of woman and child, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0015

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0016

Portrait of woman and child, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0016

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0017

Portrait of woman and child, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0017

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0018

Portrait of woman and child, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0018

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0019

Portrait of older man, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0019

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0020

Portrait of older man, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0020

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0021

Portrait of older woman, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0021

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

2 images

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Glass Negative P0030/0022

Portrait of three girls and one boy reading a book on a couch, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 01, Glsneg P0030/0022

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

2 images

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Glass Negative P0030/0023

Portrait of two children playing at table, 1897 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0023

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0024

Portrait of young girl surrounded by plants, 1897 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0024

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0025

Woman in rowboat on water, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0025

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0026

Young boy and girl fishing from bank, 1901 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0026

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Image taken in vicinity of Asheville.

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Glass Negative P0030/0027

Young boy and girl surrounded by plants, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0027

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0028

Young girl picking flowers, 1898 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0028

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0029

Young woman at piano, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "1. People, circa 1897-1908." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0029

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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33 images

Images depict places and scenes located in the vicinity of Asheville, N.C. Some of the images may depict New York and Massachusetts locations.

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Glass Negative P0030/0030

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity: Biltmore Estate, 1899 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0030

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0031

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity: Biltmore Estate (long view), circa 1900 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0031

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0032

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity: Biltmore Estate (long view), 1899 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0032

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0033

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity: Biltmore Estate (long view), 1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0033

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0034

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity: Churches: Cathedral of All Souls Episcopal Church (?), circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0034

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0035

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Bridge over stream, 1900 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0035

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0036

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Cabin on side of mountain (long view), circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0036

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same location as P0030/0037.

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Glass Negative P0030/0037

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Cabin on side of mountain (long view), circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0037

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same location as P0030/0036.

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Glass Negative P0030/0038

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Exterior of unidentified residence, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0038

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same residence as P0030/0039.

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Glass Negative P0030/0039

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Exterior of unidentified residence, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0039

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same residence as P0030/0038.

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Glass Negative P0030/0040

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Exterior of unidentified residence, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0040

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0041

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Exterior of unidentified residence, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0041

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0042

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Exterior of unidentified residence, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0042

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0043

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Exterior of unidentified residence, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0043

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same residence as P0030/0044.

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Glass Negative P0030/0044

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Exterior of unidentified residence, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0044

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same residence as P0030/0043.

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Glass Negative P0030/0045

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Exterior of unidentified residence, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0045

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same residence as P0030/0046.

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Glass Negative P0030/0046

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Exterior of unidentified residence, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 03, Glsneg P0030/0046

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same residence as P0030/0045.

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Glass Negative P0030/0047

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Landscape, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 04, Glsneg P0030/0047

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0048

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Landscape, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 04, Glsneg P0030/0048

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0049

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Landscape, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 04, Glsneg P0030/0049

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0050

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Landscape, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 04, Glsneg P0030/0050

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0051

Asheville, N.C., and vicinity (?): Landscape, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 04, Glsneg P0030/0051

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0052

Exterior of unidentified residence (City), circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0052

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same residence as P0030/0053 and P0030/0054.

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Glass Negative P0030/0053

Exterior of unidentified residence (City), circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0053

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same residence as P0030/0052 and P0030/0054.

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Glass Negative P0030/0054

Exterior of unidentified residence (City), circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0054

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same residence as P0030/0052 and P0030/0053.

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Glass Negative P0030/0055

Exterior of unidentified residence (City): Snow scene, circa 1897-1907 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 02, Glsneg P0030/0055

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0056

Interior of unidentified residence, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 04, Glsneg P0030/0056

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same residence as P0030/0057 and P0030/0058.

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Glass Negative P0030/0057

Interior of unidentified residence, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 04, Glsneg P0030/0057

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same residence as P0030/0056 and P0030/0058.

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Glass Negative P0030/0058

Interior of unidentified residence, circa 1897-1901 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 04, Glsneg P0030/0058

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Same residence as P0030/0056 and P0030/0057.

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Glass Negative P0030/0059

Wall outside of building, circa 1897-1908 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 04, Glsneg P0030/0059

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

Possibly taken in the Bahamas for an article entitled "My Experiences Photographing the Negro in the South" featured in the December 1903 edition of New England Magazine.

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Glass Negative P0030/0060

Animals: Bison, circa 1908 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 04, Glsneg P0030/0060

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0061

Animals: Ducklings with cat, 1908 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 04, Glsneg P0030/0061

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Glass Negative P0030/0062

Animals: Sheep grazing in field, circa 1908 #P0030, Series: "2. Places, circa 1897-1901." Glassbox 04, Glsneg P0030/0062

Black-and-White Glass Plate Negative

1 image

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Processing Information

Processed by: Patrick Cullom, 2013

Encoded by: Patrick Cullom, 2013

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