Mary H. Northend photographic collection, 1904-1926

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

1904-1926

GUSN

GUSN-171286

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  • Mary H. Northend photographic collection, 1904-1926 (current record)

Description

The Mary H. Northend Photographic Collection is comprised of over 6,000 glass plate negatives in 8 x 10 and 5 x 7 inch sizes and several thousand photographic prints. Many of the negatives remain unprinted. The manuscript material, contained in 17 folders, is chiefly made up of typed articles and drafts of chapters of books that Northend used to submit to publishers. The items in the collection date from circa 1910 to the early 1930s.

Northend's work covered the Progressive Era from 1904 to 1926, from the perspective of a woman born before the Civil War who witnessed enormous transformations in society, and took a lively interest in the ways Americans coped with these changes. The subject matter depicted in the collection is eclectic, ranging from garages to tearooms, and covering architecture of many styles and periods, such as the bungalows of the early 1920s.

Some materials were acquired from the Halliday Historic Photograph Company and William T. Clark, which suggests that she may have operated a stock photo agency for historic and architectural views. The large majority of the prints are still in their original enclosures.

Sources: Gamble, Jeanne M. Surroundings of Inspiration: The Progressive Era through the Lens of Mary H. Northend, 1904-1926. 2008; Guide to the Library and Archives, 11; and Boston Globe, December 17, 1926, A8.

Details

Descriptive Terms

exterior views
interior views
houses
tea rooms
garages
bungalows
glass (material)
dwellings
black-and-white prints (photographs)
black-and-white negatives
photographic plates

Physical Description

ca. 3,000 photographic prints : black-and-white
ca. 6,000 glass plate negatives : black-and-white

Collection Code

PC034

Collection Name

Mary H. Northend photographic collection, 1904-1926

Date of Acquisition

1959

Reference Code

PC034

Acquisition Type

Museum Purchase

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
New England (United States) [general region]

Record Details

Originator

Northend, Mary H. (1850-1926) (Photographer)

Material Type

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

Subjects

Architectural photography

Description Level

Collection

Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

Mary Harrod Northend was born on May 10, 1850 in Salem, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of William Dummer Northend, a criminal lawyer and state senator, and Susan Stedman (Harrod) Northend. She began writing in 1904, specializing in colonial architecture and house furnishings. She owned her own business, in the course of which she amassed a collection of approximately 30,000 images, including exterior and interior views of homes. She was very interested in the preservation of historic houses in Salem and other Essex County localities. She was the author of numerous articles and several books. She died on December 17, 1926 in Salem.

Sources: Gamble, Jeanne M. Surroundings of Inspiration: The Progressive Era through the Lens of Mary H. Northend, 1904-1926. 2008; Guide to the Library and Archives, 11; and Boston Globe, December 17, 1926, A8.

Arrangement

Arrangement

The negatives are indexed by localities. Prints are located in the Library and Archives in file drawers marked "Northend," except for those which have been transferred to the geographic or subject files.