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Guide to the George P. Hall & Son Photograph Collection
 PR 24

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 03, 2019
Description is in English.

Administrative Information


Approximately 2000 vintage negatives from the collection of James S. Hall were purchased on June 20, 1945. The indexes are presumed to have been produced by the George P. Hall & Son firm and were probably donated with the collection. Modern prints were produced between 1968 and 1975 by commercial studios under contract with the New-York Historical Society in an effort to reformat the oversize glass negatives within this collection. Between 1968 and 1972 contact prints were produced by Klein Brothers Studio, New York; between 1974 and 1975 photographic prints were produced by Wometco Photographic Services, Inc., New York, and in 1975, photographic prints were produced by Compo Photocolor, New York. After printing, most of the negatives were destroyed. An additional 103 photographic prints were provided by the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House in about 1977 from negatives donated to them by the New-York Historical Society. In 2010, an additional 39 glass plate negatives were donated by Dolores Ballaster.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to ten exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.) Researchers on site may print out unlimited copies from microfilm reader-printer machines at per-exposure rates. See guidelines in Reading room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote and a transcription of your quote, to

Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
Two West 77th Street
New York, NY 10024

The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.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 George P. Hall & Son Photograph Collection, PR 024, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at The New-York Historical Society

Other vintage photographic prints by George P. Hall & Son from a variety of sources can be found in the Geographic File (PR 020) and in the George B. Post Architectural Record Collection (PR 053) in the New-York Historical Society's Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections. The Calendar Collection (PR 146) includes George P. Hall & Son's 1907 Calendar, New York Historic & Picturesque. The Album File contains an album (PR 002-208) of photographs by George P. Hall & Son entitled  Central Bridge over the Harlem River, New York City, and approaches thereto.

The International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House owns 103 glass negatives by George P. Hall & Son that were originally part of this collection of negatives; modern photographic prints from these negatives are available within this collection. The Museum of the City of New York and the New York Public Library also own photographs by George P. Hall & Son.

Existence and Location of Copies

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