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Guide to the Eugene L. Armbruster Photograph Collection
1894-1939
  PR 81

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Jenny Gotwals

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on February 04, 2016
Description is in English.

Container List

Series II: Negatives

Scope and Contents note

Series II. Negatives is arranged in five subseries: Acetate Film Negatives: 4 x 5"; Nitrate Film Negatives: 5 x 7"; Glass Plate Negatives: 5 x 7" (and smaller); Glass Plate Negatives: 6.5 x 8.5"; and Glass Plate Negatives: 8 x 10".

New York City negatives have been digitized.

Subseries I, Acetate Film Negatives: 4 x 5"

Scope and Contents note

Subseries I is housed in envelopes, which are grouped by geographic region. The number of negatives in each grouping is listed in parentheses after the geographical location. These negatives seem to correspond, however roughly, to groupings of prints in Series I. It is probable that the geographic names found on each envelope were transferred from titles on the original film boxes. These envelopes are numbered; the number seems to correspond to their original physical placement in a cabinet in the N-YHS library stacks.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 9 Connecticut (18)
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Box: 9 Maine (72)
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Box: 9 Massachusetts (128)
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Box: 9 Massachusetts and New Hampshire (174)
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Box: 9 New England (419)
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Box: 10 New England (54)
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Box: 10 New Hampshire (211)
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Box: 10 New Jersey (48)
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Box: 10 New York (31)
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Box: 10 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)--Brooklyn (146)
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Box: 10 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)--Bushwick (108)
undated
Box: 10 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)--Flatbush (88)
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Box: 11 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)--Flatbush (53)
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Box: 11 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)--Flatlands (355)
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Box: 11 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)--Gravesend (207)
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Box: 11 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)--New Lots (73)
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Box: 11 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)--New Utrecht (77)
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Box: 12 New York--Lake Mohegan (50)
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Box: 12 New York--Long Island (mixed) (15)
undated
Box: 12 New York--Nassau County--Hempstead (32)
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Box: 12 New York--Nassau County--Oyster Bay (1)
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Box: 12 New York--New York County (Manhattan) (144)
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Box: 12 New York--Orange County--Newburgh (27)
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Box: 12 New York--Suffolk County--Brookhaven (347)
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Box: 12 New York--Suffolk County--East Hampton (107)
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Box: 13 New York--Suffolk County--East Hampton (204)
Box: 13 New York--Suffolk County--Hamptons (86)
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Box: 13 New York--Suffolk County--Huntington (16)
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Box: 13 New York--Suffolk County--Islip (8)
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Box: 13 New York--Suffolk County--Montauk (452)
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Box: 14 New York--Suffolk County--Shelter Island (1)
Box: 14 New York--Suffolk County--Southampton (341)
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Box: 14 New York--Suffolk County--Southold (21)
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Box: 14 New York--Richmond County (Staten Island) (16)
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Box: 14 New York--Queens County--Far Rockaway (38)
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Box: 14 New York--Queens County--Flushing (324)
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Box: 15 New York--Queens County--Flushing (129)
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Box: 15 New York--Queens County--Jamaica (407)
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Box: 15 New York--Queens County--Long Island City (245)
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Box: 16 New York--Queens County--Newtown (840)
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Box: 17 New York--Queens County--Newtown (423)
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Box: 17 New York--Queens County--Rockaway Peninsula (19)
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Box: 17 New York--Westchester County (75)
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Box: 17 Pennsylvania (102)
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Box: 17 Vermont (47)
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Box: 17 Vermont, New Hampshire (41)
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Box: 17 Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts (60)
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Box: 18 Canada (287)
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Box: 18 Unidentified (340)
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Box: 19 Unidentified (448)
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Box: 19 Deteriorated negatives
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Subseries II, Nitrate Film Negatives: 5 x 7"

Scope and Contents note

Subseries II is composed mainly of views of residential houses, including some of Brooklyn row houses. Most of these photographs appear to be on Long Island; many shots show wooden, farm-like houses. The same scene is often shown in several negatives. A churchyard in East Hampton is pictured with an elaborate sepulchre. Windmills are shown for many of the Long Island towns. Several of the negative boxes had Armbruster's notation on the geographical location of negative subjects. The negatives in the boxes which lacked any notation have been arranged by general subject category.

Nitrate negatives were interleaved with acid free paper and stored five to a negative sleeve. Several of the negative boxes had Armbruster's notation on geographical place of negatives. These negatives are grouped by geography after Armbruster's titles (which appear in quotation marks) and then further divided by subject. Many other boxes had no notation. These negatives were arranged by general subject category. Nitrate negatives were assigned box numbers in coordination with other nitrate negatives held by the New-York Historical Society. These negatives are located on Floor 14 in the N-YHS Library Stacks. (See also, Separated Material)

Container 1     Title Date
Box: N26 "Amaganset, Wainscott "--Farms
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Box: N26 "Amaganset, Wainscott "--Houses
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Box: N26 "Amaganset, Wainscott "--Landscapes
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Box: N26 "Amaganset, Wainscott "--Windmills
Box: N26 "East Hampton"--Churches/churchyards
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Box: N26 "East Hampton"--Farms
undated
Box: N26 "East Hampton"--Houses
undated
Box: N26 "East Hampton"--Windmills
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Box: N26 "Gravesend, New Utrecht, New Lots, Canarsie"
undated
Box: N26 "Huntington-Old House"
undated
Box: N26 "Manhasset -- Roslyn, Little Neck, Dougleston, Alley Road"--Houses
undated
Box: N26 "Manhasset -- Roslyn, Little Neck, Dougleston, Alley Road"--Landscapes
undated
Box: N26 "Manhasset -- Roslyn, Little Neck, Dougleston, Alley Road"--Other
undated
Box: N26 "Melville Alley, Moriches"--Buildings
undated
Box: N26 "Melville Alley, Moriches"--Farmhouses
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Box: N27 "Melville Alley, Moriches"--Houses
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Box: N27 "Melville Alley, Moriches"--Landscapes
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Box: N27 "New York-Brooklyn"--Buildings
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Box: N27 "New York-Brooklyn"--Other
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Box: N27 "New York-Brooklyn"--Rowhouses
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Box: N27 "New York-Brooklyn"--Streets
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Box: N27 "New York-Skyline"
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Box: N27 "Patchogue, Bell Port, Yaphank, Brookhaven, Middle Is., Selden, Corem"--Architectural elements
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Box: N27 "Patchogue, Bell Port, Yaphank, Brookhaven, Middle Is., Selden, Corem"--Houses
undated
Box: N27 "Patchogue, Bell Port, Yaphank, Brookhaven, Middle Is., Selden, Corem"--Landscapes
undated
Box: N27 "Patchogue, Bell Port, Yaphank, Brookhaven, Middle Is., Selden, Corem"--People
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Box: N27 "Ryerson"--Houses
undated
Box: N27 "Ryerson"--Interiors
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Box: N27 "Stony-Brook, South-Haven, Happauge"--Barns
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Box: N28 "Stony-Brook, South-Haven, Happauge"--Houses
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Box: N28 "Stony-Brook, South-Haven, Happauge"--Landscapes
undated
Box: N28 "Stony-Brook, South-Haven, Happauge"--Other
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Box: N28 Unidentified location---Architectural elements
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Box: N28 Unidentified location--Barns
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Box: N28 Unidentified location--Boats
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Box: N28 Unidentified location--Buildings
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Box: N28 Unidentified location--Cars
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Box: N28 Unidentified location--Churches
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Box: N28 Unidentified location--Dams
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Box: N28 Unidentified location--Farmhouses
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Box: N28 Unidentified location--Houses
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Box: N29 Unidentified location--Houses
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Box: N30 Unidentified location--Houses
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Box: N31 Unidentified location--Houses
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Box: N31 Unidentified location--Interiors
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Box: N31 Unidentified location--Landscapes
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Box: N31 Unidentified location--Other
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Box: N31 Unidentified location--People
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Box: N31 Unidentified location--Row houses
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Box: N31 Unidentified location--Windmills
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Box: N31 Copy negatives of other Armbruster prints
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Box: N31 Copy negatives of drawings, newspapers
undated
Subseries III, Glass Plate Negatives: 5 x 7" (and smaller)

Scope and Contents note

Subseries III generally corresponds to prints found in Series I, Subseries II. All were taken in Brooklyn in 1922. When possible, negatives have been matched to prints and titled accordingly. When no print was available, a bracketed descriptive title was assigned to each negative. Negatives are not numbered, but are ordered geographically. Within each geographic designation, negatives are arranged loosely by subject: Buildings, Churches, Houses, and Other.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 20 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)
1922
Box: 21 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)
1922
Box: 22 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)
1922
Box: 23 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)--Flatbush
1922
Box: 24 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)--Flatbush
1922
Box: 24 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)--Flatlands
1922
Box: 25 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)--Flatlands
1922
Box: 25 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)--Gravesend
1922
Box: 25 New York--Kings County (Brooklyn)--New Utrecht
1922
Subseries IV, Glass Plate Negatives: 6.5 x 8.5"

Scope and Contents note

Subseries IV includes copy negatives from Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, the Brooklyn Eagle, engravings, oil paintings, pen and ink drawings; mainly of historic houses or buildings in Brooklyn. Many of these look as if Armbruster had pinned them to a board for enlarging purposes. The pins and board are visible in some of the negatives. There are also enlargements in this same manner of several of Armbruster's own prints. Copy negatives carry either Armbruster's or the original captions (and sometimes both). In cases where no caption was written on the negative, a bracketed descriptive title was assigned to each negative. Original negatives are grouped together and organized by subject. Copy negatives are also grouped together and organized by subject.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 26 Original negatives: Aerial views
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Box: 26 Original negatives: Architectural Elements
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Box: 26 Original negatives: Barns
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Box: 26 Original negatives: Boats
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Box: 26 Original negatives: Churches
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Box: 27 Original negatives: Churches
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Box: 27 Original negatives: Farmhouses
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Box: 27 Original negatives: Houses
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Box: 28 Original negatives: Houses
Box: 29 Original negatives: Other
undated
Box: 29 Original negatives: People
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Box: 29 Original negatives: Rowhouses
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Box: 29 Original negatives: Street Scenes
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Box: 29 Copy Negatives: Aerial views
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Box: 29 Copy Negatives: Boats
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Box: 29 Copy Negatives: Buildings
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Box: 30 Copy Negatives: Buildings
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Box: 31 Copy Negatives: Buildings
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Box: 31 Copy Negatives: Churches
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Box: 31 Copy Negatives: Farmhouses
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Box: 32 Copy Negatives: Houses
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Box: 33 Copy Negatives: Houses
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Box: 33 Copy Negatives: Landscapes
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Box: 33 Copy Negatives: Other
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Box: 33 Copy Negatives: People
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Box: 34 Copy Negatives: Rowhouses
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Box: 34 Copy Negatives: Streets
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Box: 34 Copy Negatives: Views
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Box: 34 2 Negative boxes with Armbruster's handwriting
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Subseries V, Glass Plate Negatives: 8 x 10"

Scope and Contents note

Subseries V contains mainly copy negatives. These consist of drawings of historic houses (some from newspapers or magazines.) and other views such as: Long Island Rail Road Tunnel; a map of the City of Williamsburgh; Old James Street Market, Brooklyn; View of Astoria, L.I. (printed by Currier and Ives); and Rutgers University. Original negatives show Ebbets field, the Manhattan skyline, Union Cemetary, and Armbruster's family tree. When no title was available, a bracketed descriptive title was assigned to each negative. Negatives are not numbered. Original negatives are grouped together and organized by subject. Copy negatives are also grouped together and organized by subject. Some broken negatives are in Box 35.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 35 Original negatives: Aerial views
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Box: 35 Original negatives: Buildings
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Box: 35 Original negatives: Churches
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Box: 35 Original negatives: Houses
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Box: 35 Original negatives: Landscapes
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Box: 35 Original negatives: Other
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Box: 35 Original negatives: People
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Box: 36 Copy negatives: Barns
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Box: 36 Copy negatives: Buildings
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Box: 36 Copy negatives: Farmhouses
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Box: 36 Copy negatives: Houses
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Box: 36 Copy negatives: Other
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Box: 36 Copy negatives: People
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Box: 36 Copy negatives: Rowhouses
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Box: 36 Copy negatives: Views
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