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Guide to the Elizabeth Keegin Colley Photographs of Prospect Park
 PR 357

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on March 23, 2018 using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Colley, Elizabeth Keegin
Title: Elizabeth Keegin Colley photographs of Prospect Park
Dates: 2007-2009
Abstract: The collection includes eighteen color photographs of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York, by Elizabeth Keegin Colley. The images were included in the book Prospect Park: Olmsted & Vaux's Brooklyn Masterpiece, which was written by her husband, David P. Colley. Images include the Long Meadow, Vale of Cashmere, Meadowport Arch, and other features of the park.
Quantity: 2.0 Linear feet in one flat file folder
Call Phrase: PR 357

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Biographical/Historical Note

Photographer Elizabeth Keegin Colley and her husband, David P. Colley, often worked together as a photographer/writer team. In the early 2000s, they responded to a request for proposals from the Prospect Park Alliance for a history of the park. With the winning proposal, the Colleys set to work on what would be published as Prospect Park: Olmsted & Vaux's Brooklyn Masterpiece (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2013). The images in this collection were included, along with many others, in the book.

(For further information, see the Brownstoner's 2013 on-line interview with the Colleys.)

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Scope and Contents note

The collection includes eighteen color photographs of Prospect Park, Brooklyn, New York, by Elizabeth Keegin Colley. The photographs include images of the Long Meadow, Ambergill Falls, the Lake, Vale of Cashmere, Meadowport Arch, Lullwater Bridge, and Boathouse, as well as some of the park's flora and fauna. The collection includes Elizabeth Colley's captions for her photographs.

The photographs are pigment inkjet on archival paper, printed from digital images. The images are printed on sixteen sheets (two sheets include two images each), measuring about 25" x 17". Some of these photographs can be viewed on Colley's website.

Arrangement Note

The 18 photographs are arranged in the sequence as presented by the donor/photographer. The sequence number is noted on the reverse of the photograph, and the number ties to a caption provided by the photographer. The list of captions are in a folder kept with the photographs.

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Access Points

Document Type

  • Photographs

Subject Places

  • Prospect Park (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Available by advance appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at printroom@nyhistory.org.

Use Restrictions

Copyright to the photographs is held by the photographer. 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, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org, 212-485-9228.

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as Elizabeth Keegin Colley photographs of Prospect Park, PR 357, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Credit line: Elizabeth Keegin Colley

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift from the photographer, Elizabeth Keegin Colley, September 2014.

Processing Information Note

The collection was processed by Larry Weimer in March 2018.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Drawer: Flat File Folder : 1 Prospect Park Photographs

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