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Guide to the Wright Photograph Collection
circa 1910-1920
 PR 203

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 May 22, 2022
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Wright photograph collection
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1910-1920
Abstract: The collection contains 201 gelatin silver prints taken by an unidentified photographer of sites in New York City and state circa 1910-1920.
Quantity: 0.33 Linear feet (1 box; 201 gelatin silver prints)
Location: Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit
Language: The documents in the collection are photographic but any text is in English.
Call Phrase: PR 203

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Scope and Content Note

The Wright Photograph Collection spans the period from ca. 1910 to 1920 and contains 201 gelatin silver photographs. Taken by an unidentified photographer, images feature New York City and state locations as well as leisure activities of the middle class. Photographs depict lively gatherings at Coney Island and Brighton Beach, with beachgoers engaging in acrobatics, dancing, diving, boating and playing ball games. Smaller groups of photographs include New York street scenes, with groups of women in stylish hats, houseboats, ocean liners, and people engaged in horseback riding. There are also a large number of scenic views, including images of geysers, beaches, fields, and wooded regions.


Photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Gelatin silver prints.
  • Photographic prints.

Subject Topics

  • Acrobats -- Photographs.
  • Beaches -- New York (State) -- New York -- Photographs.

Subject Places

  • Brighton Beach (New York, N.Y.)
  • Coney Island (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff.

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Wright Photograph Collection, PR 203, 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 City during this time period can be found in the Album File (PR 002), the Jessie Tarbox Beals Photograph Collection (PR 004), the Geographic File (PR 020), the Frank Ingalls Photograph Collection (PR 028), and the Postcard File (PR 054).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Richard Wright, 1991.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly McAnnaney, circa 2010.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1-2 Beaches, unidentified
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Central Park (?)
Box: 1 Folder : 4-5 Coney Island / Brighton Beach
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Fields, unidentified
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Geysers, unidentified
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Horseback riding
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Houseboats
Box: 1 Folder : 10 New York City street scenes, including one aerial view looking NE from Ninth Avenue and 27th Street, of the area that is now the Penn South housing development, with former Pennsylvania Station at upper right
Box: 1 Folder : 11 River rapids, [near Niagara Falls?]
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Wooded regions, unidentified

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