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J. H. Williams collection

Description

This collection of glass plate negatives is probably from the studio of J. H. Williams, a photographer whose studio was located in South Scituate, Massachusetts. The collection consists of approximately 150 glass plate negatives, most of which appear to be from the 1880s and 1890s. The collection consists of group portraits taken on the beach and cliffs at Nantasket Beach in Hull, Massachusetts; pictures of various cottages on the cliffs and beach at Nantasket; views of prominent hotels at Nantasket, such as the Atlantic House, Rockland House, and Hotel Pemberton; vistas of Nantasket Beach taken at low and high tides; and studio portraits of men, women, and children.

Details

Collection Name
J. H. Williams collection
Collection Code
PC059
Date Notes
1880s-1890s
Abstract
A collection of glass plate negatives probably from the studio of J. H. Williams of South Scituate, Mass.
Acquisition Type
Library & Archives Purchase
Physical Description
116 glass plate negatives
Finding Aid Info
An electronic finding aid is available through Historic New England's Collections Access Portal. A paper finding aid is available in the Library & Archives. An additional item inventory is available in the Library & Archives.
Collection Type
Photographs
Description Level
Collection
Custodial History
The custodial history of this collection is unknown.
GUSN
273195
Reference Code
PC059

Historical/Biographical Note

James H. Williams was a photographer based in West and South Scituate, Massachusetts. He was active as a photographer between 1874 and 1887.

Sources
Steele, C. & Polito, R. (1993). Massachusetts photographers, a directory of 1839-1900. Marco Island, FL: Picton Press.

Arrangement

The negatives are arranged in the order in which they were received.

Record details

Originator
Probably Williams, J. H. (Photographer)
Descriptive Terms
beaches
costume (mode of fashion)
cottages
group portraits
hotels (public accommodations)
landscapes (representations)
leisure
oceans
seascapes
shores (landforms)
swimming
transportation
Material Type
negatives (photographic)
Places
Nantasket Beach (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Hull (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Restrictions
This collection is available for research.
Related Items
General photographic collection, 1860s-2000s — This collection includes additional photographs taken by J. H. Williams. It also includes stereoview prints of some of the negatives present in this collection.
Accruals Note
Accruals are not expected.
Language Note
Materials are entirely in English.
Physical Access Restrictions
Delicate materials may be restricted due to their condition. The use of a light box (available in the Library & Archives) is required to view the materials in this collection.
Preferred Citation
Item identification. Box #. J. H. Williams collection (PC059). Historic New England, Library & Archives.
Processing Information
This collection was processed and the finding aid written by Susan Jarvis with help from Abigail Cramer, 2013.
Rules and Conventions
This finding aid is DACS-compliant.

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