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Guide to the Jennings Photograph Collection
 PR 135

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

© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Processed by Jennifer Lewis

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 13, 2011
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The Jennings Photograph Collection spans the period from circa 1858 through 1957 and contains photographs, postcards, book manuscripts, scrapbooks, and albums relating to the architectural work, professional careers, interests, and personal lives of members of the family of architect Arthur Bates Jennings. Most of the materials in the collection were gathered or compiled by Dr. Edward A. Jennings, and they reflect many of his professional and personal interests. Dr. Jennings, primarily a medical doctor, was also an amateur architectural historian and local history enthusiast. His interests are reflected in scrapbooks and book manuscripts incorporating photographs, postcards, news clippings, maps, and accompanying descriptive commentary addressing the architectural career of his father, church architecture, Short Hills, NJ, and the history of various west side neighborhoods of New York City. Additional scrapbooks relate to Dr. Jennings' own career and education; one scrapbook relates to the career of Arthur B. Jennings, Jr., a professional organist and professor. The remainder of the collection consists of photographs of various Jennings family members as well as members of the Allen family of Meriden, Connecticut, the family of Carolina Jerusha Allen Jennings.


The collection is divided into five series:

  1. Church Designs also Residence and College Buildings by Arthur B. Jennings, F.A.I.A.
  2. Church Architecture
  3. Manhattan Architecture and History
  4. Short Hills and Summit, NJ
  5. Jennings Family