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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
Phone: (212) 873-3400

© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Kelly McAnnaney

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 18, 2017
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Wright Photograph Collection
Dates [inclusive]: ca. 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 note: Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections
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


Gift of Richard Wright, 1991.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. See guidelines in Print Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to reproduce any Print Room holdings through publication must be obtained from:
Rights and Reproductions
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 270
Fax: (212) 579-8794

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).

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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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