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Domestic interiors photographic collection

PC002 (RS15428)

Description

The Domestic Interiors Photographic Collection consists of more than 2,500 images dating from the mid-1870s to circa 1920 and approximately 100 stereo views from circa 1860 to 1885. These photographs document interior design and decoration in the latter part of the nineteenth century. In many instances, the prints are enhanced with information about the occupants of the residence, the date, and the precise room shown. Boston interiors, particularly those of wealthy residents, are best represented, as well as other communities in Massachusetts, such as Beverly, Brookline, Cambridge, Concord, Roxbury, Salem, and Springfield, and other localities in New England, including Newport, Rhode Island and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.There is a wide variety of rooms depicted in the collection: ballrooms, bedrooms, dining rooms, entrance halls, kitchens, libraries, and parlors.Related collections of interiors are found in the Photograph Album Collection (PC009) and in the Codman Family Papers Collection (MS001). Source: Guide to the Library and Archives, 14-15.

Details

Collection Name
Domestic interiors photographic collection
Collection Code
PC002
Dates
1855-1925
Physical Description
ca. 100 stereographs : black-and-white
ca. 2,500 photographic prints : black-and-white
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Collection
GUSN
171254
Reference Code
PC002

Arrangement

The major portion of the collection is arranged alphabetically by the six states of New England and then by cities or towns. There is also a set of photographs of unidentified residences grouped generally by type of room.

Record details

Originator
Clark, William T. (Photographer)
Haskell, Arthur C. (Arthur Cushman), 1890-1968 (Photographer)
Stebbins, N. L. (Nathaniel Livermore), 1847-1922 (Photographer)
Descriptive Terms
ballrooms
bathrooms
bedrooms
cookware
corridors
coverings
dining rooms
dwellings
entrance halls
furnishings (artifacts)
furniture
halls (interior spaces)
home (concept)
houses
interior decoration
interior views
kitchens
libraries (rooms)
music rooms
nurseries (rooms)
parlors
sleeping and reclining furniture
stairwells
wallpapers
Material Type
black-and-white prints (photographs)
ephemera
photographs
stereographs
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Connecticut (United States)
Maine (United States)
Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)
Newport (Rhode Island island, Newport county, Rhode Island)
Vermont (United States)
Beverly (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Brookline (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Concord (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Roxbury (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Salem (Essex county, Massachusetts)
Springfield (Hampden County, Massachusetts)

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