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Guide to the Photographer File
circa 1882-2017, undated
 PR 50

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Jennifer Lewis, Marybeth Kavanagh, and others

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff.

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Photographer File, PR 050, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Separated Material

Photographs by the following have been removed to their own collections over time: Ruth Orkin (PR 190), Bill Aron (PR 192), Sidney Kerner (PR 193), Morris Huberland (PR 194), Harold Roth (PR 195), Lewis F. White (PR 196), Rhoda Galyn (PR 197), Robert Gambee (PR 198), Michael George (PR 199), David Sagarin (PR 200), Jan Staller (PR 201), Philip Trager (PR 202), Eadweard Muybridge (PR 205), William F. Winter (PR 206), Andreas Feininger (PR 207), Bill Cunningham (PR 307), Janelle Lynch (PR 344), Steven Harmon (PR 362), Ken Ratner (PR 373), Samuel Gottscho (PR 423), Bob Gore (PR 424).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most of the photographs within the Photographer File were purchased from or donated by the photographers, often for use in exhibitions. Larger gifts include the following: photographs by Alice Austen were a gift of Henry Marion Ward in 1942; Jim Beecher donated his photographs in 1986; Chris Mackey donated her photographs in 1983; Sy Edelstein donated his photographs in 1994; Wolf Von Dem Bussche's photographs were a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy A. Eaton in 1997; Arthur Sacks donated his photographs in 1987; Paula Wright donated her 1964-1965 World's Fair photographs in 1993; 11 photographs by Joyce Edelman were donated by Deborah Edelman in 1992; Charles Schwartz donated photographs by a number of photographers in 2002, and Fred Rosenberg donated his photographs in 2004.

Processing Information Note

Additions processed by archivists Marybeth Kavanagh in 2016-2017, Joseph Ditta in 2019, and Larry Weimer in 2019-20, 2022.


Additions to the collection are expected to occur from time to time, both for additional photographs and for photographs by photographers not presently represented in the collection. On the other hand, as has happened in the past, a curatorial decision may be made to transfer a particular photographer's work from this collection to a standalone collection of their own.