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Guide to the Victor Prevost Photograph Collection
1853-ca. 1943
  PR 56

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Collection processed by Emily Wolff, Sandra Markham, and Jenny Gotwals

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on April 28, 2022
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Victor Prevost Photograph Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1853-ca. 1943
Abstract: The collection consists of 44 calotype negatives and several generations of contact prints. The artfully composed scenes are thought to be among the earliest surviving paper photographic views of New York City. They are prized as fine examples of the calotype process, which was rarely used in the United States. The images portray 23 sites from Battery Place and lower Broadway's commercial buildings to the Crystal Palace exhibition, scattered buildings in upper Manhattan, and churches around East 28th Street, near Prevost's home.

The Victor Prevost Photograph Collection is digitized and available in the  Shelby White and Leon Levy Digital Library.
Quantity: 7.42 Linear feet (5 boxes, plus one flat file folder)
Location: Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit
Language: The documents in the collection are in English.
Call Phrase: PR 56