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Guide to the John J. Vrooman Photograph Collection
1937-1942
  PR 252

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


© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Kelly McAnnaney

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 05, 2012
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: John J. Vrooman Photograph Collection
Dates [inclusive]: 1937-1942
Abstract: Photographs of historic sites and houses in upstate New York.
Quantity: 2.68 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Location note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
Call Phrase: PR 252

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Biographical Note

John J. Vrooman was an author and historian, born in 1882 in Schenectady, New York, a town founded by his ancestors. He graduated from the University of Arizona, attended Union College and received an honorary PhD from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Although Vrooman traveled throughout the country, working at a variety of jobs, such as managing a ranch in Iowa, taking part in an investment business in Missouri and operating a real estate business in Mississippi, he eventually returned to Schenectady. In 1944, he accepted the position of Supervisor of Historic Sites for the New York State Education Department, a job he held until 1951.

John Vrooman's continued interest in New York State is evident in his photographs and writing. He wrote several works of fiction and non-fiction; his books all deal with historic locations and events in upstate New York. His photographs of historic sites illustrate many of his books, and were also used to illustrate material produced for the New York State Education Department. After his retirement from the Education Department, John Vrooman lectured about historic New York State, including a talk given at the New-York Historical Society in 1956 and remained active in historic studies until his death in 1960, at age 78.

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Scope and Content Note

The John J. Vrooman Photograph Collection contains photographs of historically significant sites in New York State. These images show pre-Revolutionary War era landmarks throughout the Mohawk Valley and surrounding countryside. The images were used to illustrate Vrooman's book Forts and Firesides of the Mohawk Country, New York, first published in 1943.

The collection contains 56 silver gelatin prints taken by John J. Vrooman. They are all matted; most with notes regarding the image, which appear to have been written by someone other than Vrooman. During processing, the images and notes were compared to the images in Forts and Firesides of Mohawk Country, New York, and several differences were found. In those cases, the book was deemed to carry the correct information, and that information is recorded here, with the handwritten notes recorded in brackets.

The photographs have been organized alphabetically by town/site shown. The date each photograph was taken is given when available. Over time, some of the location names have changed. Current location names, as well as alternative names for sites, are listed in parentheses.

Arrangement

The photographs have been organized alphabetically by town/site shown.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Gelatin silver prints
  • Photographic prints

Subject Topics

  • Historic buildings -- New York (State) -- Mohawk River Valley
  • Historic sites -- New York (State)

Subject Places

  • Mohawk River Valley (N.Y.) -- Historic buildings

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Administrative Information

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 John J. Vrooman Photograph Collection, PR 252, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material

The New-York Historical Society's Library has several books written by John J. Vrooman. The Library of Congress' Prints and Photographs Division holds a small collection of Vrooman's work. Those images, taken for the Federal Writers' Project, show buildings in Crescent, New York.

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Container List


Scope and Contents note

Photographs are arranged alphabetically by city.

ALBANY

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Schuyler Mansion (exteriors and interiors)
1939, undated

AMSTERDAM

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Guy Park (exteriors and interiors)
1941, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Fort Johnson (exteriors and interiors)
1941

AURIESVILLE

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Martyr's Ravine
1937

CANAJOHARIE

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Van Alstyne House
1938

CLINTON

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Rev. Kirkland Cottage
1942

COHOES, including Mohawk River

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Cohoes Falls
undted
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Van Schaick House
undated

COXSACKIE

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Bronck House
1937

FONDA

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Walter Butler Home (Butlersbury)
1937
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Jelles Fonda House
1938

FORT PLAIN

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Indian Castle Church
1939

HOFFMAN'S FERRY (Glenville)

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Swart House (exteriors and interiors)
1939

HERKIMER

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Fort Herkimer Church (exteriors and interiors)
1941

JOHNSTOWN

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Johnson Hall (exteriors and interiors)
1937, 1941
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Tryon County Courthouse (Fulton County)
1939
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Tryon County Jail
1938

LITTLE FALLS

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 15 Herkimer Monument
undated

MOHAWK

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 16 Shoemaker Tavern
1938

NELLISTON

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Ehle Home
1938

NEWBURGH

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Knox Headquarters
undated

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 19 St. Marks [The Chapel]
1939

OSWEGO

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Fort Ontario
undated

PALATINE BRIDGE

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Fort Frey [Frey Home]
1938

RENSSELAER

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Fort Crailo (exteriors and interiors)
1941, undated

ROME

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Fort Bull (Wood Creek Fort)
1938

ROTTERDAM

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Arent Bradt House
1941
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Mabie House
1937
Box: 2 Folder : 24 Van Slyck House
1941

ST. JOHNSVILLE

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Fort Kloch
1938

SCHENECTEDY

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Fuller Home
1940
Box: 2 Folder : 26 St. George's Church
1937
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Governor Yates Home
1941

SCOTIA

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Abraham Glen House
1941
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Glen Sanders House
1939

STONE ARABIA

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Reformed Dutch Church
1938

TOWASENTHA

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 29 The Normanskill
1942

TRIBES HILL

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Dadanascara Creek
1942

WATERVLIET

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 31 The Flatts (Schuyler Flatts Cultural Park)
1941

YOUNGSTOWN

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 32 Fort Niagara (exteriors and interiors)
1939

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