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Guide to the
David G. and Karen D. Chapman Collection of
Photographs of "Famous People of the Old West"
circa 1872-1910
 PR 375

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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 22, 2019
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Biographical / Historical

The assembler of the present collection, David G. Chapman (deceased) was born in New York City, where he attended the High School of Art and Design (1960–1964) and the School of Visual Arts (1964–1968). As an artist he specialized in illustrating the human anatomy. As a collector of historic photographs he focused on notable figures from the American Old West. Chapman was also a costumed reenactor of lawman Bartholemew William Barclay "Bat" Masterson (1853–1921), basing his interpretation on the writings of Masterson scholar Robert K. DeArment. [For more on Chapman and his qualifications, see the curriculum vitae and letter at the front of the three-ring binder housing the present collection of photographs.]