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Guide to the Don Francione photographs V1989.019

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Patricia Glowinski

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 28, 2011
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Descriptive Summary

Creator - Photographer: Francione, Don
Title: Don Francione photographs
Dates: Circa 1965 to 1989
Quantity: 0.08 Linear feet 38 items contained in one folder.
Graphic materials [Box]: Prints by accession 67
Call Phrase: V1989.019
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Biographical note

Don Francione (1931-1992) was a Brooklyn-based photographer and writer. For over 40 years, Francione worked as a laborer at Bush Terminal in Brooklyn. At night, he also worked as a photographer and writer for several Brooklyn-based publications-- including the Home Reporter, the Sunset News (later the Home Reporter & Sunset News), and the Brooklyn Spectator--for which he covered local social, cultural, and sporting events in Brooklyn. As a young man, Francione studied acting and singing, was involved in local theater, and worked as a disc jockey and radio announcer. Francione became interested in photography when his mother gave him his first camera while still a child. He taught himself how to develop and print film and eventually purchased a professional 35mm camera. He started out photographing his family, but soon moved on to sporting events, in particular boxing, as his uncle, Frank Farina (known as Frankie Fay), was a boxer. Francione and his wife Florence had five children: Eddie, Deborah, Donna, Linda, and Jo Ann. He died in 1992.


  1. Canade, Angela. "The Face Behind the Camera." Home Reporter & Sunset News, March 30, 1979.

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Scope and Contents

The Don Francione photographs, dating from circa 1965 to 1989, is comprised of 38 black-and-white and color photographic prints taken by Francione (with the exception of the few photographs in which Francione appears). The photographs were primarily used for publication purposes in the Brooklyn-based newspaper, the Home Reporter (later the  Home Reporter & Sunset News). The photographs document social and cultural events in Brooklyn and New York City and include informal group portraits of local and national celebrities such as Merv Griffin, Jimmy Durante, Mayor John Lindsay, Senator William Conklin, middleweight boxer Vito Antuofermo, and Eddie Fisher, among others. The collection also includes several group portraits that include Francione, as well as Alex Kalaf, who also worked for the Home Reporter & Sunset News. Interior views of local venues including the 46th Street Theatre, Griswold's Pub, the Walker Theatre, and the Golden Dove are represented in the collection. All photographs have handwritten captions on the verso, written by Francione, describing the people, events, and places depicted in the photographs.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Antuofermo, Vito
  • Conklin, William T.
  • Durante, Jimmy, 1893-1980
  • Fisher, Eddie
  • Francione, Don
  • Griffin, Merv , 1925-2007
  • Kalaf, Alex
  • Lindsay, John V., (John Vliet)

Document Type

  • Black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • Color prints (photographs)
  • Group portraits
  • Photographs

Subject Organizations

  • 46th Street Theatre (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Golden Dove (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Griswold's Pub (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).
  • Walker Theater (Brooklyn, New York, N.Y.).

Subject Topics

  • Boxers (Sports)
  • Entertainers -- United States
  • Nightclubs -- New York (State) -- New York

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Social life and customs |y 20th century

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to users without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction rights for the photographs have not been evaluated. For information on securing rights to publish or reproduce, please see the Brooklyn Historical Society Reproduction Rights Policy.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Don Francione photographs, V1989.019, Box number, Object ID number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Related Materials

Biographical information for Don Francione is located in the accession file for this collection. Please consult library staff for information on how to access this.

Other Finding Aids

Item level description and digital versions of images from the collection are available for searching via the image database in the library. Please consult library staff for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Don Francione, 1989.

Processing Information note

Fully processed to the item level.

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