Domestic interiors photographic collection

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

1855-1925

GUSN

GUSN-171254

Browse Collection

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

Descriptive Terms

interior views
houses
bedrooms
kitchens
parlors
halls (interior spaces)
dining rooms
music rooms
nurseries (rooms)
corridors
entrance halls
libraries (rooms)
stairwells
bathrooms
ballrooms
interior decoration
furniture
wallpapers
furnishings (artifacts)
coverings
home (concept)
dwellings
sleeping and reclining furniture
cookware
black-and-white prints (photographs)
stereographs
photographs
ephemera

Physical Description

ca. 2,500 photographic prints : black-and-white
ca. 100 stereographs : black-and-white

Collection Code

PC002

Collection Name

Domestic interiors photographic collection

Reference Code

PC002

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)

Record Details

Originator

Haskell, Arthur C. (Arthur Cushman), 1890-1968 (Photographer)
Clark, William T. (Photographer)
Stebbins, N. L. (Nathaniel Livermore), 1847-1922 (Photographer)

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)
stereographs
photographs
ephemera

Description Level

Collection

Arrangement

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.