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Guide to the Orrin Sage Wightman Collection
[1895-1945]
 PR 94

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Jenny Gotwals

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 04, 2017
Description is in English.

Container List

Series 5: Family and New York scenes

Subseries 1: Stereographs

Scope and Contents note

Contains photographs from Wightman's family automobile trip to Cape Cod in 1916. Images include Plymouth Rock and hotels in which the family stayed. Julia and Orrin Jr. are children, and are shown playing and with their mother. Also includes images of 'Aunt Laura,' who does not appear in any other family photographs and is probably Wightman's (as opposed to Purl's) aunt.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 35 98 Glass stereographs and one stereoscope
Box: 36 124 Glass stereographs

Subseries 2: Negatives

Scope and Contents note

Contains photographs from Wightman's family automobile trip to Cape Cod in 1916. Images include Plymouth Rock and hotels in which the family stayed. Julia and Orrin Jr. are children, and are shown playing and with their mother. Also includes images of 'Aunt Laura,' who does not appear in any other family photographs and is probably Wightman's (as opposed to Purl's) aunt.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 17 Numbers 1 - 24

Subseries 3: Autochromes

Scope and Contents note

Consists of autochromes of Wightman's wife and children, and members of his wife's extended family. Most of these images were taken at Lenoir, the Parker family house in upstate New York, and included is an aerial view of the property. They show the Parker women in formal dress posed for the camera in different indoor and outdoor locales. Purl Parker Wightman's aunt, who is frequently pictured, was married to Calet Conley Dula, the president of Liggett & Myers tobacco company. A letter of introduction from Dula to a colleague in China is included with other of Wightman's correspondence in Series 6, Subseries 6, Folder 1. In the photos taken at Lenoir, Wightman's children are small, but they are also pictured as teenagers in the Wightman apartment in New York City. Wightman's father-in-law is shown with his Packard. Two autochromes are cased, as autochromes were supposed to be viewed, and an empty case is also in the collection.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 18 Numbers 1 - 25
Box: 19 Numbers 26 - 45
Box: 20 Numbers 46 - 49
Box: 21 Numbers 50 - 66

Subseries 4: Lantern Slides

Scope and Contents note

Contains slides of nature and family scenes. These were grouped into eight categories: miscellaneous, buildings, interiors, clouds, family/people, landscapes, garden views, and fruits and flowers. They are mainly random images of still lifes, natural settings, and family shots similar to those in Subseries 3. Of note are views of Collegiate Church and its sexton, and of the garden at Lenoir.

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 4 Numbers 1 - 59
Box: 5 Numbers 60 - 117
Box: 6 Numbers 118 - 141

Subseries 5: Prints

Scope and Contents note

Encompasses 11x14 exhibition prints and portraits and small family snapshots. The large prints are housed together and feature images from Wightman's travels to England, Scotland, France, Morocco, Greece, and locales in Northern New England. The buildings of the New York Academy of Medicine and the Boyce Thompson Institute are also shown, the Institute from a great many angles. Portraits include a Dr. Rigika, Julia Parker Wightman, Corvell Thomas, Theodore Hanneman, Roy Chapman Andrews, Catherine Dale Owen, and William Boyce Thompson. New York scenes are also represented, many images are of Central Park in winter 1944. The Bronx River is also shown in winter with ice formations around bridges and along its riverbank. New York buildings shown include Heavenly Rest Church, Grant's Tomb, Columbia University Library, Pennsylvania Station, and general views of the Manhattan skyline. The small snapshots show groups of people at leisure, Wightman and Parker family members, various subjects such as sailboats, goats, New York street scenes, and some shots of "C.C. Dula hoeing his tobacco patch at Lenoir."

Container 1     Title Date
Box: 25 Unnumbered prints
Box: 27 Exhibition prints

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