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Guide to the Howe Family Photograph Collection
circa 1890's-1900's
 PR 292

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


© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Susan Kriete

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 12, 2012
Finding Aid is written in English

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of approximately 150 photographs (gelatin silver prints and cyanotypes) relating to the Howe family of the Bronx and Hazelton, PA. Most likely taken by Alfred Howe in the 1890's and 1900's, the photographs show family members, their residences and neighborhoods, and some machinery designed and manufactured by Frederick Howe.

Photographs of the Bronx residences, located on Trinity Avenue, show the area before the streets were graded. The Howe property apparently encompassed 15 city lots, and was perched on a rocky precipice opposite Lebanon Hospital. In addition to photographs, the collection includes an application to reduce property taxes filed in 1907, which asserts that there was no wagon road to the property, and that in winter coal had to be hoisted up the hill by a steam derrick and then moved across the property by hand on a small railway (built and engineered by Frederick Howe). The application also describes the damage resulting to an old frame house that was moved 170 feet across the property. Photographs, including some that were filed with the application, show the houses, the steam derrick and the railway.

Other Bronx images include a large cyanotype of the elevated train station at East 145th Street, and photographs of damage to Frederick Howe and his house following a fire in May, 1909.

Photographs of Hazleton, PA, include street views, shots of the homes where Alfred Howe's children were born, and interior shots of a local grocer. Also included are photographs of coal mining equipment, some of it designed and built by Frederick T. Howe.

Arrangement note

This collection has been organized by subject matter into ten folders.