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Guide to the Jessie Tarbox Beals Photographs
(Bulk 1904-1920)
  PR 4

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 30 photocopies per day per person. Suitability of the original for photocopying is at the discretion of the staff. Neither blueprints nor tracings can be copied under any circumstances. Duplication of large-format items will be done by the house photographer. See Print Room guidelines for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from

Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024

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The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Jessie Tarbox Beals Photographs, PR 4, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at the The New-York Historical Society

A copy of Beals's portrait of Mabel Urner Harper is in the Lathrop C. and Mabel H. Urner Harper Collection (PR 121).

A photograph of Rose O'Neill taken by Beals can be found in the Rose O'Neill collection (PR 369).

A photograph of an olive grove taken by Beals can be found in the Horticultural Society of New York records (MS 3033).

Other Greenwich Village scenes at the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections can be found in the Geographic File (PR 020), and the Postcard File (PR 054).

The major collection of Beals's photographs, as well as her papers, is held at the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Garden photos from that collection are held at the Frances Loeb Library at Harvard University. The Rare Books and Manuscript Library at Columbia University holds the Community Service Society Papers, which include many Beals photos of New York City street children. Forty-five items, primarily Greenwich Village postcards and other scenes of New York City, are at the Museum of the City of New York.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies are available in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Digital Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The photos of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration were a gift of the Hudson-Fulton Celebration Commission on 5 May 1911. One hundred photos were purchased from Alexander Alland in 1953 (Schell Fund, Wilbur Fund). One postcard was purchased in 1993, and five in 2000; all were originally from Alland's collection. The remaining photos were gifts. Songs of a Wanderer and the loose sheets of poetry were a gift of Michael P. Johnson in March 2012.