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Guide to the Arthur D. Chapman Photograph Collection
1908-1922, 1953
  PR 15

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Collection processed by Ashley Forrest Curran

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 03, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series II: Lower Manhattan Scenes

Scope and Contents note

Series II contains twenty photographs taken in downtown New York from 1911 to 1922. Photographs are arranged alphabetically by title. There are many river scenes, often with a bridge in the background as in "East River, Barges, Ferryboat and the Williamsburg Bridge" (1913), "From Fulton Ferry Slip" (1916), "Under Brooklyn Bridge, From Under The Pier on the Brooklyn Side" (1916), and "Boat Basin at The Battery" (1913). "From Brooklyn Bridge" (1916) is taken from beneath the structure of the bridge; this interest in the dynamics of buildings is characteristic of many of Chapman's downtown photographs, and is also reflected in "Woolworth Building from Washington Market" (1915).

Another of Chapman's concentrations was building construction. Downtown New York was constantly changing as it is today, and Chapman showed this clearly in his photographs. There are two images titled "Construction Work, Wall and William Streets" (1922) which document busy construction sites. Chapman emphasized the shape of the cranes and heavy equipment used, and captured steam escaping from a vent in the background. "The Burling Slip Plant of the New York Steam Corporation Under Construction" (1916) is another photograph which reflects the changing face of downtown New York.

The El train is featured strongly in Chapman's work, perhaps because he rode it daily. "Greenwich Avenue From Sixth Avenue El Station" (1914), "From Chatham Square Station of Third Avenue El" (1915), and "Hanover Square, El Structure Now (1951) to be Demolished" all show the El train, usually taken from below and looking up at the structure of the track.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Boat Basin at the Battery
1913
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Broadway, Looking South from Chambers Street, Showing Singer and Park Row Buildings and Old Post Office. Construction of the Woolworth Building is Beginning
1911
Box: 1 Folder : 5 The Burling Slip Plant of the New York Steam CorporationUnder Construction
1916
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Construction Work, Wall and William Streets
1922
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Construction Work, Wall and William Streets
1922
Box: 1 Folder : 8 East River, Barges, Ferryboat and the Williamsburg Bridge
1913
Box: 1 Folder : 9 From Brooklyn Bridge
1916
Box: 1 Folder : 10 From Chatham Square Station of Third Avenue El
1915
Box: 1 Folder : 11 From Fulton Ferry Slip
1916
Box: 1 Folder : 12 From the Manhattan Bridge
1913
Box: 1 Folder : 13 From New York Anchorage of Manhattan Bridge
1915
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Front Street from Manhattan Bridge
1913
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Greenwich Avenue from Sixth Avenue El Station
1914
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Hanover Square. El Structure Now (1951) to be Demolished
1913
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Manhattan From the Brooklyn Water Front. Municipal Building in the course of construction
1911
Box: 2 Folder : 18 On Brooklyn Bridge
1914
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Under Brooklyn Bridge, from Under the Pier on the Brooklyn Side
1916
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Woolworth Building from Nassau Street, Showing Old Post Office Building
1915
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Woolworth Building, from Porch of St. John's Chapel of Trinity Parish on Lafayette Street. Chapel Being Demolished
1917
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Woolworth Building from Washington Market
1915

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