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Guide to the John Judson Trappan Photographs
1888–1912, undated
 PR-071

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Collection processed by Julie Viggiano (2003); updated by Jenny Gotwals (2006); migrated to ArchivesSpace by Joseph Ditta (2020).

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on June 16, 2020
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Trappan, John Judson, 1867-1957
Title: John Judson Trappan photographs
Dates [inclusive]: 1888–1912, undated
Abstract: A record of the travels of bicycling and photography enthusiast John Judson Trappan (1867–1957), a Brooklyn, New York native whose trips took him to Long Island, upstate New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. More distant visits found Trappan in Chicago for the World's Columbian Exposition (1893), in Buffalo for the Pan-American Exposition (1901), in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of Theodore Roosevelt (1901), and in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. for his honeymoon (1903), all of which are documented by photographs in the collection. Other scenes depict his family in Brooklyn, a church dinner, local outings, landmarks in various cities, and some of Trappan's coworkers at Bruce & Cook, the Manhattan sheet metal firm where he was employed as a bookkeeper. Formats include 10 albums (containing 462 photographic prints), circa 290 loose and mounted prints, and 659 negatives (385 glass, mostly 4 x 5 inches, and 274 film). The collection is supplemented by the photographer's logbook, two handwritten journals, a few postcards, souvenir view books, clippings, bicycling ephemera, travel brochures, a painted canvas book cover, and material from Bruce & Cook.
Quantity: 10.3 Linear feet in 15 boxes.
Location: Due to the possible combustibility of the nitrate negatives in Subseries II.D, that portion of the collection (Box 13) is kept in cold storage. Before requesting it, discuss the possibility of viewing this material with a staff member, keeping in mind that it requires at least two full days to thaw.
Call Phrase: PR-071