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Guide to the Elizabeth Ransom Photograph Collection
1891-1892
 PR 237

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


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Kelly McAnnaney

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 26, 2019
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Elizabeth Ransom Photograph Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1891-1892
Abstract: The collection contains 61 glass negatives of buildings, parks, events and potraits in New York City and state. Also included are three albumen prints of the steamboat Harlem and an unidentified residence.

The Elizabeth Ransom Collection is digitized and available in the  Shelby White and Leon Levy Digital Library.
Quantity: 0.83 Linear feet (61 glass negatives and 3 albumen prints)
Call Phrase: PR 237

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Biographical Note

The collection was donated by Elizabeth Ransom, but other than her name, we know nothing else about her or her connection to the negatives. Each negative has a number, given by the New-York Historical Society and a description. The photographer is unidentified.

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Scope and Content Note

The Elizabeth Ransom Photograph Collection contains mainly glass negatives taken from 1891-1892. The majority are New York City images and include buildings, parks, street scenes and events. The collection is divided into two series: Glass Negatives and Photographs.

Arrangement

Material is divided into two series: I. Glass Negatives; II. Photographs. The negatives have been further arranged by subject, with images of New York City broken into smaller categories.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Ketchum, George
  • Moore, Ada
  • Voorhees, May

Document Type

  • Glass negatives
  • Albumen prints
  • Portraits
  • Photographic prints.

Subject Topics

  • Parades -- New York (State) -- New York

Subject Places

  • Bryant Park (New York, N.Y.)
  • Fifth Avenue (New York, N.Y.)
  • Central Park (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
  • New York (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Elizabeth Ransom.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. See guidelines in Print Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from:
Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270
Fax: (212) 579-8794

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Elizabeth Ransom Photograph Collection, PR 237, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections

Other photographs of New York in the late 1800's can be found in the Geographic File (PR 020), the Robert L. Bracklow Photograph Collection (PR 008) and the George P. Hall & Sons Photograph Collection (PR 024).

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies are available in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Digital Library.

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Container List

Series I: Glass Negatives

Scope and Contents note

Series I. Glass Negatives is comprised of 61 negatives. These negatives have been arranged by subject, with images of New York City broken into smaller categories.

Images of Hempstead, New York include a July 4th parade. Photographs of fire engines as well as the Hook and Ladder, Hose and Steamer Company's house on Fulton Street are included.

Images of New York City are divided into the following subjects:

Buildings contains images of All Souls, St. Bartholomew and St. Thomas Churches, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia College and Wilson & Kellogg's School.

Central Park has images of various buildings, monuments and locations in the park. There are several photographs of the menagerie; most are of various animals in their cages.

Parades and Processions include the Saint Patrick's Parade, as well as the funeral procession of General William T. Sherman. These images were taken from inside Wilson & Kellogg's School.

Residences contains images of the Havemeyer residence on Fifth Avenue and 66th Street, a shanty on Madison Avenue and 77th where Blind Tom Foley and his family once lived, the Tiffany House on Madison Avenue and 72nd Street, the Vanderbilt twin houses at 640 Fifth Avenue, Cornelius Vanderbilt II residence on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, and William K. Vanderbilt's home on Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street.

Miscellaneous images include the reservoir at Bryant Park, an advertising fence on Fifth Avenue advertising Barnum & Bailey's Circus, and a F.D.N.Y. fire engine.

Portraits included in this collection are informal. Most were taken outside, near an unidentified house in Hempstead, NY. While the sitters are usually identified there are several with only a first name listed. Portraits include the following identified sitters: Christopher Greer, George Ketchum, Ada Moore, Nellie Moore, Angie Voorhees, and May Voorhees.

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : unknown container Fire engines on Parade
1891 July 4

NEW YORK, N.Y.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : unknown container Buildings
1891
Box: 1 Folder : unknown container Central Park
1891
Box: 1 Folder : unknown container Central Park - Menagerie
1891 April
Box: 2 Folder : unknown container Parades & Processions
1891
Box: 2 Folder : unknown container Residences
1891
Box: 2 Folder : unknown container Miscellaneous
1891

PORTRAITS

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : unknown container Miscellaneous
1891-1892

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Series II: Photographs

Scope and Contents note

Series II. Photographs contains three albumen prints, mounted on board. Two images are of the steamboat Harlem. The other photograph shows an unidentified house.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Miscellaneous
[1891]

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