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Guide to the de Groot Family Photograph Collection
1853-[1967], undated
  PR 120

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Sandra Markham

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 09, 2011
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The de Groot Family Photograph Collection contains portraits of Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967) and members of her extended family including her parents, siblings, cousins, and their ancestors. Interested in genealogy, she documented the families related to her by marriage, namely the Bosworth, Brantingham, Foote, Hastings, Hawley and Robinson families. Her New York cousins included yachtsman, composer and photographer Frank Seymour Hastings (1853-1924) and his brother, the noted architect Thomas Hastings (1860-1929), the sons of the Reverend Thomas Samuel Hastings (1827-1911) and Fanny de Groot. Adelaide de Groot's sister Elizabeth (1874-1898) married an Italian diplomat, Guilio Caravadossi, the Count of Aspremonte; the collection includes many photographs of the Caravadossis and "La Tour Aspremont Baumettes," their family home in Nice. There are also photographs, including a post-mortem portrait, of their daughter Teresina (1899-1917). Other photographs in the collection include portraits of family friends such as the author Baron Gabriel d'Orgeval, and group portraits that include various touring American friends and members of the expatriate community prior to the second World War. In addition, there are photographs of Miss de Groot's activities with the American Colony Hospital at Nice (1915-1918) and the Daughters of the American Revolution (Philadelphia and Washington chapters visiting Paris in 1932). Most of the photographs are annotated with information about the sitters including, in some cases, details of the colors and fabrics of their clothing; some annotations are extensive and narrative, describing the personalities, relationships and life situations of the subjects.

Arrangement

Files are arranged alphabetically by sitter, with miscellaneous and unidentified photographs at the end.