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Guide to the William G. Butler Photography Collection
1875-2015
 PR 425

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Oversize: FF1 Item : 99 [County Atlas of Ulster]

Scope and Contents

Atlas pages 45 and 46. Page 45: complete map of Olive, New York; Page 46 is one-half of a spread of Ulster County. Authored by F.W. Beers, Superintendant, published by Walker and Jewett.

1875
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 1 [New York City]

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Printed later in 1960.

1890
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 2 [Fifth Avenue New York]

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Printed later in the 1950's. While the photographer is unknown, the photo originates from Ewing Galloway's photography agency.

1899
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 3 [New York, NY]

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This photograph, printed later, features 161st street between Amsterdam and St. Nicholas Avenues. The picture is stamped and signed on the back, however the name of the artist is unclear.

1905
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 4 [5th Avenue, NYC]

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Printed in the 1950's. While the photographer is unknown, the photo originates from Ewing Galloway's photography agency.

1912
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 5 [Workers, Brooklyn Bridge]

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The photographer is Eugene de Salignac. It appears to have been taken for or in the possession of the New York Post, which is stamped on the back.

1914
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 6 [NYC]

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The photograph seems to have originally been the possession of Air France and published in their "Tele-Magazine" as noted on the back.

1920s
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 7 [Nassau Street NYC]
1923
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 8 [New York City]

Scope and Contents

This photograph, printed later, features two people with street vending boxes hanging from their necks as they warm their hands over a fire.

1924
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 9 [New York]

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Pictures Nassau Street.

1924
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 10 [Fifth Avenue, NYC]
1925
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 11 [Fifth Avenue, NYC]
1925
Offsite-Box: 5 Item : 93 [Fire Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum]
1925
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 12 [Iron Workers, NYC]
1925
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 13 [Fifth Ave, NYC]

Scope and Contents

Printed later.

1926
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 14 [Broad Street, NYC]

Scope and Contents

While the photographer is unknown, the picture appears to have been in the possession of the New York Evening Post in which it was published (as noted on the back).

1927
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 15 [Coney Island]

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The photograph is attributed to ACME NEWSPICTURES and includes a caption on the back.

1927
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 16 [Brooklyn Bridge, NYC]

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Printed later.

1930s
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 17 [Weehawken Docks, NJ]
1930s
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 18 [Grand Central Terminal, New York]
1930
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 19 [New York City]

Scope and Contents

Accredited to the New York Post.

1930
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 20 [Swimming Pool, Jones Beach, NY]

Scope and Contents

New York Post photograph.

1931
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 21 [Woolworth Tower, NYC]

Scope and Contents

Associated Press photograph.

1932
Offsite-Box: 1 Item : 22 [Times Square, NYC]

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Associated Press photograph.

1933
Oversize: FF1 Item : 102 [General Electric]
1934
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 23 [Snow at 47th and Broadway, NYC]
1934
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 24 [Metropolitan Opera House, NYC]

Scope and Contents

Accredited to the Wide World Studio, caption on the back.

1935
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 25 [Times Square , NYC (Chevy, Planters)]

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Accredited to ACME NEWSPICTURE.

1937
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 26 [Wall Street, NYC]

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This photograph features the New York Stock Exchange. Accredited to Keystone View Co.

1937
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 27 [New York, NY]
1939
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 28 [Central Park (Ice Skaters)]
1940s
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 29 [Times Square]

Scope and Contents

Printed later.

1940s
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 30 [New York City]

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This photograph features a crowd gathered outside a crime scene on 138th street. Accredited to ACME NEWSPICTURES.

1940
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 31 [Times Square NYC (above Chevy)]

Scope and Contents

This photograph was taken by Lou Stoumen in 1940 and printed in 1986. It was previously held by the Milwaukee Art Museum and Floyd and Josephine Segel.

1940
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 32 [Central Park NYC]
1941
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 33 [Coney Island Boardwalk, NYC]

Scope and Contents

Accredited to ACME NEWSPICTURES. Caption on the back.

1941
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 34 [Grand Central Station]
1941
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 35 [Grand Central Station]
1941
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 36 [Music Box NYC]
1941
Oversize: FF1 Item : 101 [New York, NY]

Scope and Contents

This photograph features Central Park.

1941
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 37 [Penn Station]
1941
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 38 [Times Square]
1942
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 39 [Times Square]
1942
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 40 [Times Square]
1943
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 41 [Brooklyn, NY]

Scope and Contents

This photograph features a crowd of evacuees after a chlorine gas explosion. Accredited to ACME NEWSPICTURE INC.

1944
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 42 [Central Park, NYC (snow)]
1945
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 43 [Macy's Day Parade]
1945
Offsite-Box: 2 Item : 44 [Moon Over Manhattan, NYC]

Scope and Contents

Taken by Charles Langer at ACME NEWSPICTURE INC.

1945
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 45 [NYC]

Scope and Contents

Taken by David McLane and accredited to ACME NEWSPICTURE INC.

1945
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 46 [NYC (crosstown street in the rain)]

Scope and Contents

Taken by David McLane and accredited to ACME NEWSPICTURE INC.

1945
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 47 [Park Avenue NYC]
1945
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 48 [Coney Island]

Scope and Contents

Associated Press photo, caption on the back.

1946
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 49 [Grand Central Station]
1946
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 50 [Times Square]
1946
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 51 [Coney Island]

Scope and Contents

Associated Press photo, caption on the back.

1947
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 52 [Mulberry Street, NYC]
1947
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 53 [Times Square, NYC]
1947
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 54 [Times Square, NYC Snow]

Scope and Contents

Associated Press photo.

1948
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 55 [Broadway and 47th, NYC]
1949
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 56 [Manhattan, NYC (long exposure)]
1949
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 57 [New York (night traffic, 6th Ave)]
1949
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 58 [NYC (high above 6th and Broadway)]
1949
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 59 [NYC (man on payphone, night)]
1949
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 60 [Ten Nights in a Dance Hall]
1949
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 61 [New York]
1950s
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 62 [NYC (man in snow)]
1950s
Offsite-Box: 5 Item : 91 [Coney Island, NYC]
1951
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 63 [Times Square]

Scope and Contents

Associated Press photograph.

1951
Offsite-Box: 3 Item : 64 [Bronx]

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This photograph was featured in an article on Broadway in an unspecified publication.

1952
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 65 [NYC (Peanut Vendor) Downtown]

Scope and Contents

Press photo, caption on the back.

1952
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 66 [Coney Island]
1953
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 67 [Coney Island]
1953
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 68 [Times Square]

Scope and Contents

Associated Press photograph of a bomb scare in Times Square.

1955
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 69 [Park Avenue, NYC]

Scope and Contents

Press photograph.

1957
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 70 [NYC (Saks)]

Scope and Contents

Press photo.

1958
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 71 [New York, NY]

Scope and Contents

This photograph, taken and printed in the 1960's, pictures the 59th Street Bridge/Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge

1960s
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 72 [New York, NY (harbor view)]
1960s
Offsite-Box: 5 Item : 89 [Sophia Loren]
1960s
Offsite-Box: 5 Item : 90 [Sophia Loren]
1960s
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 73 [Times Square, NYC]
1960
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 74 [Atop 30 Rockefeller Center, NYC]

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This photograph features the releasing of balloons by Johnny Maguire and Mariann Kelly for the March of Dimes Campaign.

1961
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 75 [New York City]
1961
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 76 [Waldorf Astoria Hotel, NYC]
1961
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 77 [Central Park]
1962
Offsite-Box: 5 Item : 94 [Free Seatbelts]

Scope and Contents

Accredited to United Press International Photo.

1962
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 78 [Chelsea NYC]

Scope and Contents

Pictures Chelsea during a blackout.

1963
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 79 [Brooklyn Bridge]
1965
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 80 [Central Park] 1965
1965
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 81 [NYC (Save Water, Goodyear Blimp)]
1965
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 82 [Sixth Avenue]
1965
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 83 [Coney Island]
1966
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 84 [Lower East Side, NY]

Scope and Contents

Pictures Orchard Street.

1966
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 85 [Orchard Street, Lower East Side NY]
1966
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 86 [Maxwell Street Fur Coats]

Scope and Contents

The photograph, printed later, pictures a street vendor with his merchandise (fur coats). The picture signed on the back by the artist, Ave Pildas.

1968
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 87 [Manhattan (Goldwater Hospital)]
1969
Oversize: FF1 Item : 103 [42nd St., NY]

Scope and Contents

Photograph by Michael DeChellis, signed on the back. Taken in 1976, this photograph was printed later.

1976
Oversize: FF1 Item : 104 [World Trade Center, Brooklyn Bridge]

Scope and Contents

This photograph by Chris Bliss was taken in 1997 but printed later.

1997
Oversize: FF1 Item : 98 Bread of Life

Scope and Contents

This photograph features a neon sign from which the title of the photograph is derived. The photograph is printed with archival pigment and signed by the artist John Dubois.

2012
Oversize: FF1 Item : 100 Piazza San Barnaba

Scope and Contents

This photograph, featuring a cafe, is signed by the artist Jim M Kimmin.

2014
Offsite-Box: 5 Item : 95 T.SQ NEWSSTAND

Scope and Contents

This publication features pictorials of Times Square by various artists over various periods. The material is presented in a magazine-like form.

2015
Oversize: FF1 Item : 97 [Triborough Bridge]

Scope and Contents

This photograph of Triborough Bridge is signed by the artist Francesca Ifilligi.

undated
Offsite-Box: 4 Item : 88 [untitled]

Scope and Contents

This photograph features an aerial view of the New York skyline. The photograph was taken by Jon Hughes and is accredited as a press photo on the back.

undated
Offsite-Box: 5 Item : 91 [untitled]

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Contemporary, features urinals and graffiti.

undated
Oversize: FF1 Item : 105 [untitled]

Scope and Contents

Photograph of NYC skyline.

undated