Emma Lewis Coleman photographic collection, 1880s

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

1880-1889

GUSN

GUSN-171273

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  • Emma Lewis Coleman photographic collection, 1880s (current record)

Description

The Emma Lewis Coleman Photographic Collection consists of nearly 300 glass plate negatives, from which study prints have been made.

Coleman's work covers many of the same subjects as the Frederick B. Quimby Photographic Collection but with the marked difference that she was concerned with achieving artistic effects which expressed the timelessness and universality of rural life, after the fashion of Jean-François Millet and other Barbizon school painters. Like Quimby, she worked extensively in York, Maine, where she often posed her city friends in costume to impersonate the rhythms and traditions of farming routines.

In addition to the photographs that are strongly reminiscent of the Barbizon school, there are several studies of persons carrying out traditional handicrafts; views of historic buildings in York and Deerfield, Massachusetts; landscapes; and a small collection of 41 original prints, largely portraiture.

Coleman's images are among the few examples of art photography in the collections of the Library and Archives.

Sources: Guide to the Library and Archives, 10; Memorial Hall Museum website, 2009-11-25.

Details

Descriptive Terms

rural areas
coastal towns
farms
staged photographs
farming
crafts (art genres)
historic buildings
portraits
landscapes (representations)
Barbizon School
glass (material)
black-and-white prints (photographs)
black-and-white negatives
photographic plates

Physical Description

ca. 300 photographic prints : black-and-white
ca. 300 glass plate negatives : black-and-white

Collection Code

PC021

Collection Name

Emma Lewis Coleman photographic collection, 1880s

Reference Code

PC021

Places

Deerfield (Franklin county, Massachusetts)
Rhode Island (United States)

Record Details

Originator

Coleman, Emma L., Miss (Photographer)

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)
black-and-white negatives
photographic plates

Subjects

York (Me.)

Description Level

Collection

Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

Emma Lewis Coleman was a talented amateur photographer, active in the 1880s in York, Maine, Deerfield, Massachusetts, and in rural and shorefront communities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. She was a resident of Deerfield and Cambridge and was a researcher and author, who, with her fellow historian Charlotte Alice Baker (1833-1909), made journeys to Canada to gather information about Deerfield children taken captive in February 1704 and wrote a book based on their findings.

Sources: Guide to the Library and Archives, 10; Memorial Hall Museum website, 2009-11-25.

Material in Other Collections

Material in Other Collections

Related materials are in the possession of the Old Gaol Museum at York, Maine.