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Guide to the William J. Roege Photograph Collection
1910-1937, undated
 PR 181

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Jennifer Lewis

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 10, 2019
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The William J. Roege Photograph Collection spans the period from 1910 through 1935, during the early part of Roege's long career, when he was based in New York. Photographic prints and negatives depict New York City buildings, parks, residences, and street life. The collection is especially rich in views of hotels and restaurants which have largely vanished. Other views include Times Square in the 1910s, Columbus Circle in 1918, and upper Fifth Avenue residences in the 1920s. There are also several rooftop and high-angle views of Manhattan and the Hudson and East Rivers, views of Brooklyn, the New Jersey waterfront, and other nearby locations. It is likely that some of the photographs in this collection were produced in the course of Roege's employment at American Studio and Boyette, both of New York, as several photographs bear Boyette's name in script, together with Roege's signature.

The collection is organized into two series: Photographic Prints; and Negatives. Roege signed most of his images, and sometimes he supplied the date and location. His signature often conforms to the structure depicted; for example, he has signed along the running board of a 1930s automobile, and on the edge of a street curb. Undated photographs can safely be ascribed to the period before 1940, the year the Society acquired this collection. It should be noted that a few of the photographs and negatives are copies of Roege's earlier works, or lithographs, and of other photographers' New York views.

Arrangement

Photographic prints are arranged by subject; negatives are arranged by negative number.

The collection is organized into two series based on format:

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  1. Series I: Photographic Prints
  2. Series II: Negatives