J. H. Williams collection

Collection Type

  • Photography

GUSN

GUSN-273195

Browse 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

Descriptive Terms

group portraits
transportation
cottages
costume (mode of fashion)
leisure
beaches
swimming
oceans
seascapes
landscapes (representations)
shores (landforms)
hotels (public accommodations)
negatives (photographic)

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.

Custodial History

The custodial history of this collection is unknown.

Collection Code

PC059

Collection Name

J. H. Williams collection

Reference Code

PC059

Abstract

A collection of glass plate negatives probably from the studio of J. H. Williams of South Scituate, Mass.

Acquisition Type

Library & Archives Purchase

Date Notes

1880s-1890s

Places

Nantasket Beach (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
Hull (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Originator

Probably Williams, J. H. (Photographer)

Material Type

negatives (photographic)

Restrictions

This collection is available for research.

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.

Description Level

Collection

Accruals Note

Accruals are not expected.

Language Note

Materials are entirely in English.

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.

Related Items

General photographic collection, 1860s-2000s

Historical/Biographical Note

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

Arrangement

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