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

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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Emily Wolff, Sandra Markham, and Jenny Gotwals

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 05, 2012
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.
Quantity: 7.42 Linear feet (5 boxes, plus one flat file folder)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 56