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Guide to the Lighthouse Photograph and Print Collection
[1860]-1938
 PR 38

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Holly Hinman and Jennifer Lewis

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

Container List

Series II: Lighthouses

Scope and Contents note

Series II dates from about 1868 to 1938 and includes primarily undated mounted albumen and silver gelatin photographic prints of lighthouses, towers, and other components of light stations. Photographs are arranged in three subseries: American Lighthouses, Foreign and U.S. Territorial Lighthouses, and Unidentified Lighthouses. Thereunder photographs are arranged alphabetically by state (or country) and official name. Oversize materials have been filed in box 7. Folder 13 contains an alphabetical index (which probably was received with the collection) to fifty-two lighthouse photographs, only some of which are in this collection.

Most American light stations represented are located along the eastern seaboard of the United States, between Maine and South Carolina. Among these are a group of about thirty mounted photographs of lighthouses located in Maine and Massachusetts which were taken by the Halliday Historic Photograph Co.; these photographs were a gift of the library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Halliday was a Boston firm which produced architectural and scenic views for commercial sale from the 1890s through the 1930s. Most of the Halliday photographs bear captions and plate numbers printed into the photographs; the verso of each has been labeled with "Halliday," the plate number, and a stamp from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Other photographs represent lighthouses in California, Michigan, Minnesota, Florida, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Carolina, Vermont, and Wisconsin.

The majority of the photographs in this series are general views of light stations or towers. Also included is a series of photographs documenting the United States Lighthouse Depot (now the National Lighthouse Museum) on Staten Island, New York. The U.S. Lighthouse Depot served as a national headquarters for the Lighthouse Board and as a center for testing new technologies, and building and repairing lighthouses, lightships and other equipment. Folders 31-32 include a group of beach erosion survey photographs taken in 1919 at Barnegat Light Station in New Jersey. A few photographs feature lighthouse keepers or other unidentified individuals; for example an 1884 photograph of the Ida Lewis Rock Lighthouse (formerly Lime Rock) in Rhode Island features Ida Lewis in front of the structure. (A duplicate cyanotype print of this image is available in Series I). The series also includes a set of identical clippings from a March 27, 1936, edition of the New York Daily News regarding a ship which ran aground near Race Rock Light, New York. Two pamphlets outlining a lighthouse cruise from Portland, Maine to New York are available with other oversize materials in Box 7.

The subseries Foreign and U.S. Territorial Lighthouses consists of one photograph by Alfred Camm of Bishop's Rock Light in England, and a group of eighteen photographs of lighthouses in the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico. Thirteen photographs of unidentified lighthouses are located in folder 51 at the end of this series.

Box
1
Folder
13
 

American Lighthouses -- Index to Lighthouses, undated

American Lighthouses -- California

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Point Reyes (Punta de Los Reyes)
[1870]

American Lighthouses -- Connecticut

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Black Rock Harbor
1884
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Bridgeport Harbor
1884
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Falkner's Island (Faulkner's Island) -- Building surveys (3 items)
1900
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Falkner's Island (Faulkner's Island) -- General views (2 items)
1884
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Lynde Point (Saybrook)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Morgan Point
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 16 New Haven Outer Breakwall (Sperry Light) -- Foundation cylinder
1899
Box: 1 Folder : 16 New Haven Outer Breakwall (Sperry Light) -- Beacon and survey station
1899
Box: 1 Folder : 16 New London Harbor
1884
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Penfield Reef
1886
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Southwest Ledge
1886
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Stamford Harbor
1886
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Stonington Outer Breakwater
1884
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Stratford Point -- Original wooden tower (2 copies)
[1870-1881]
Box: 1 Folder : 17 Stratford Point -- Cast iron tower (2 copies)
1884

American Lighthouses -- Florida

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Amelia Island
[1880]
Box: 1 Folder : 18 Jupiter Inlet
[1880]
Box: 1 Folder : 18 St. Augustine
[1880]

American Lighthouses -- Maine

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Avery's Rock Machias Bay (2 items)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Bass Harbor Head (2 items)
[1880]
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Brown's Head
[1880]
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Burnt Island
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 19 Cape Elizabeth (east and west towers)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Cape Neddick ("The Nubble") (4 items)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Dice Head (view from Nautilus Island)
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Eagle Island
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Franklin Island
undated
Box: 1 Folder : 20 Heron Neck
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Little River -- View from the water
[1892]
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Little River -- General view (2 items)
[1892]
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Little River -- Fog bell
[1892]
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Little River -- Boat house (2 items)
[1892]
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Little River -- Tower and dwelling
[1892]
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Marshall Point
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Moose Peak Lighthouse
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Mount Desert Rock (3 items)
[1890]
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Nash Island (4 items)
[1890]
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Owls Head
[1890]
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Petit Manan -- Boat house
[1892]
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Petit Manan -- Light station (4 items)
[1892]
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Petit Manan -- Tower (2 items)
[1892]
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Portland Head
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Saddleback Ledge
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Seguin Island
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 24 St. Croix River
[1890]
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Tenants Harbor
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 25 West Quoddy Head -- General views (6 items)
1892
Box: 2 Folder : 25 West Quoddy Head -- Powerhouse
1892
Box: 2 Folder : 25 West Quoddy Head --Tower
1892
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Whitehead Island
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Unidentified (4 items)
undated

American Lighthouses -- Massachusetts

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Boston Harbor
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Eastern Point
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Marblehead
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Thatcher's Island (North) and Cape Ann (South)
undated

American Lighthouses -- Michigan

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Fourteen Mile Point, Lake Superior (2 items)
[1890]
Box: 2 Folder : 28 [Hay Lake Channel Station]
[1890]
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Portage River (Jacobsville) (2 items)
[1893]

American Lighthouses -- Minnesota

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Duluth Range (2 items)
[1893]
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Two Harbors (4 items)
[1893]

American Lighthouses -- New Hampshire

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Dover -- submarine blasting
1894
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Whaleback
undated
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Island of Shoals (White Island) (4 items)
undated

American Lighthouses -- New Jersey

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 31 Barnegat -- General views (5 items)
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 31 Barnegat -- Beach erosion series (by HBB) -- 4 boards each with 4 mounted photographs
1919 Apr. 23
Box: 3 Folder : 31 Barnegat -- Beach erosion series (by HBB) -- 3 boards each with 3 mounted photographs
1919 May 22
Box: 3 Folder : 32 Barnegat -- Beach erosion series (by HBB) -- 3 boards each with 3 mounted photographs
1919 May 23
Box: 3 Folder : 32 Barnegat -- Beach erosion series (by HBB) -- 2 boards each with 4 mounted photographs
1919 May 25
Box: 3 Folder : 33 Bergen Point (2 items)
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 33 Conover Beacon
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 33 Cross Ledge
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 33 Hereford Inlet (2 items)
1913
Box: 3 Folder : 33 Navesink Twin Lights
1885
Box: 3 Folder : 33 Newark Bay (3 items) (by Skinner)
1922 Jan. 20
Box: 3 Folder : 34 Passaic
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 34 Point Comfort Range
1884
Box: 3 Folder : 34 Sandy Hook -- General Views (one by Lamb) (2 items)
1884 1938
Box: 3 Folder : 34 Sandy Hook -- Fog Signals (2 items)
1884-1885
Box: 3 Folder : 34 Sandy Hook East Beacon
1884

American Lighthouses -- New York

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Barber's Point
1884
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Buffalo Breakwater
[1890]
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Coxsackie
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Cumberland Head
1886
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Danskammer Fog Bell
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Eatons Neck
[1885]
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Elm Tree (2 items)
1899
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Esopus Meadows (2 items)
[1884-1886]
Box: 3 Folder : 35 Execution Rocks
undated
Box: Folder : Fire Island

General note

See: Box 7, Folder 66

undated
Box: 3 Folder : 36 Fisher's Island Fog Bell (8 items)
1908
Box: 3 Folder : 37 Fort Columbus Fog Bell
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 37 Fort Lafayette Fog Bell
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 37 Fort Tompkins
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 37 Great Beds (2 items)
1885
Box: Folder : Hallet's Point

General note

See: Box 8, Folder 66

1883
Box: 3 Folder : 37 Hell Gate (2 copies)
[1884-1886]
Box: 3 Folder : 37 Hell Gate
1884
Box: 3 Folder : 38 Hudson-Athens (Hudson City)
1886
Box: 3 Folder : 38 Hudson River signal installation
undated
Box: 3 Folder : 38 Huntington Harbor (formerly Lloyd Harbor) (2 copies)
1885
Box: 3 Folder : 38 Little Gull Island (2 items)
[1884], 1923
Box: 3 Folder : 38 Livingston Creek (2 copies)
1886
Box: 3 Folder : 38 Montauk Point (4 items, 2 copies)
1884
Box: 4 Folder : 39 New Dorp (Swash Channel Range Rear)
[1890]
Box: 4 Folder : 39 North Brother Island
1885
Box: 4 Folder : 39 North Dumpling (2 copies)
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 39 Old Field Point
1885
Box: 4 Folder : 39 Plattsburgh (2 items)
1886
Box: 4 Folder : 39 Plum Island (Plum Gut)
1884
Box: 4 Folder : 39 Pointe aux Roches
1886
Box: 4 Folder : 39 Princes Bay
1885
Box: 4 Folder : 39 Race Rock Light Station, New York Daily Newsclippings mounted on board (2 copies)
1936 Mar. 27
Box: 4 Folder : 39 Romer Shoal
1935 Sept. 19
Box: 4 Folder : 39 Rondout
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Sands Point (2 items)
1884
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Shinnecock

General note

See also: Box 7, Folder 66

undated
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Split Rock
1886
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Stepping Stones
1886
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Stony Point
1886
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Stuyvesant
1886
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Tarrytown (Kingsland Point)
1886
Box: 4 Folder : 40 Throg's Neck (2 copies)
1884
Box: 4 Folder : 41 U.S. Lighthouse Depot (now the National Lighthouse Museum) -- Administration Building (by Alexander & Tolman)
1890
Box: 4 Folder : 41 U.S. Lighthouse Depot (now the National Lighthouse Museum) -- Aerial view (by Fairchild)
1931
Box: 4 Folder : 41 U.S. Lighthouse Depot (now the National Lighthouse Museum) -- Engineer's and carpenter's store house
[1890]
Box: 4 Folder : 41 U.S. Lighthouse Depot (now the National Lighthouse Museum) -- Engineer's lamp shop under construction
[1868]
Box: 4 Folder : 41 U.S. Lighthouse Depot (now the National Lighthouse Museum) -- Engineer's lamp shop
1890
Box: 4 Folder : 41 U.S. Lighthouse Depot (now the National Lighthouse Museum) -- Workshop under construction
[1868]
Box: 4 Folder : 41 Valcour Island (Bluff Point)
1886
Box: 4 Folder : 41 West Point
undated
Box: 4 Folder : 41 Unidentified (3 items)
undated

American Lighthouses -- North Carolina

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 42 Bodie Island (2 items)
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 42 Cape Hatteras -- Beacon (2 items)
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 42 Cape Hatteras -- Dwelling no. 1
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 42 Cape Hatteras -- Dwelling no. 2
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 42 Cape Hatteras -- Tower
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 42 Cape Lookout (2 items)
[1893]
Box: 5 Folder : 42 Currituck Beach (2 items)
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 43 Federal Point
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 43 Long Point -- General view
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 43 Long Point -- Boat house
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 43 Long Point -- Dwelling no. 1
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 43 Long Point -- Dwelling no. 2
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 43 Long Point -- Retort house and gas tank
1893

American Lighthouses -- Ohio

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 44 Cleveland East Breakwater West End (2 items)
[1879]

American Lighthouses -- Rhode Island

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 45 Beaver Tail (2 items)
1884, [1884]
Box: 5 Folder : 45 Block Island
[1880]
Box: 5 Folder : 45 Bristol Ferry
1884
Box: 5 Folder : 45 Bullock Point
[1898]
Box: 5 Folder : 45 Dutch Island
1884
Box: 5 Folder : 45 Ida Lewis Rock (formerly Lime Rock), Ida Lewis pictured
1884
Box: 5 Folder : 45 Newport Harbor (Goat Island)
1884
Box: 5 Folder : 45 Plum Beach
1884
Box: 5 Folder : 46 Point Judith (2 copies)
[1880]
Box: 5 Folder : 46 Prudence Island (Sandy Point)
1884
Box: 5 Folder : 46 Rose Island (2 items)
1884, [1884]
Box: 5 Folder : 46 Watch Hill
undated

American Lighthouses -- South Carolina

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 47 Cape Romain
undated

American Lighthouses -- Vermont

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 47 Burlington Breakwater North End
1886
Box: 5 Folder : 47 Burlington Breakwater South
1886
Box: 5 Folder : 47 Isle La Motte
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 47 Juniper Island
1886
Box: 5 Folder : 47 Windmill Point
1886

American Lighthouses -- Virginia

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 47 Unidentified
undated

American Lighthouses -- Wisconsin

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 48 Devils Island (2 items)
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 48 Outer Island -- General view
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 48 Outer Island -- Fog signal houses (2 items)
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 48 Port Washington (4 items)
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 48 Port Washington Pierhead
1893
Box: 5 Folder : 48 Superior Pierhead
1893

American Lighthouses -- Multistate

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: Folder : "Lighthouses along the coast between Portland and New York - 'By Sea to Maine'" published by Maine Steamship Company, New York (2 partial copies)

General note

See: Box 7, Folder 67

[1907]

Foreign and U.S. Territorial Lighthouses -- England

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 49 Bishop Rock (by Alfred Camm)
[1880]

Foreign and U.S. Territorial Lighthouses -- Puerto Rico

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 49 Arecibo (Faro de Arecibo)
[1900]
Box: 5 Folder : 49 Cape Rojo (Cabo Rojo)
[1900]
Box: 5 Folder : 49 Cape San Juan (Cabo San Juan)
[1900]
Box: 5 Folder : 49 Cardona Island (2 items)
[1900]
Box: 5 Folder : 49 Culebrita Island (Isla Culebrita)
[1900]
Box: 5 Folder : 50 Guanica (2 items)
[1900]
Box: 5 Folder : 50 Mona Island (Isla de Mona)
[1900]
Box: 5 Folder : 50 Muertos Island (Isla Caja de Muertos)
[1900]
Box: 5 Folder : 50 Point Borinquen
[1900]
Box: 5 Folder : 50 Point Jiguero (Higuero)
[1900]
Box: 5 Folder : 50 Point Mulas (2 items)
[1900]
Box: 5 Folder : 50 Point Tuna
[1900]
Box: 5 Folder : 50 Puerto Ferro (Faro de Puerto Ferro) (2 items)
[1900]

Unidentified Lighthouses

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 51 Unidentified lighthouses
[1890]

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