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Guide to the Arnold Genthe Photograph Collection
[1895]-1942(Bulk 1906-1927)
  PR 19

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400

© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Chris Borris

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 10, 2011
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The Arnold Genthe Photograph Collection spans the period from approximately 1895 to 1942 and primarily contains examples of Genthe's early work in San Francisco's Chinatown, later portraits of well-known personalities in the arts, politics, and society, classic photographs of Isadora Duncan and other early modern dancers, and both color and black-and-white landscapes of Long Island and Westchester, New York, and of international destinations such as Guatemala and Japan. The collection is divided into the following series: San Francisco Chinatown; Portraits; Landscapes; Dancers; Cats; and Negatives. Many of the prints are on Genthe's original mounts; about one-third are signed by Genthe and/or carry his studio label. When Genthe has given a photograph a title, that title is used. Otherwise, N-YHS has assigned a descriptive title, which appears in brackets, or has used the last and first names of the sitter for those portraits that are identified.


The collection has been arranged in the following six series:

  1. Series I: San Francisco Chinatown
  2. Series II: Portraits
  3. Series III: Landscapes
  4. Series IV: Dancers
  5. Series V: Cats
  6. Series VI: Negatives