Standard-size photographs, 1860s-2000s

Collection Type

  • Photography


1860-2009, predominant 1860-1920



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The Standard-size series of the General Photographic Collection is the largest and most complex component of the photographic collections, containing an estimated 100,000 items, dating from the 1860s to the present. The geographic coverage and subject range of these images are very wide. The work of many individual New England photographers and photographic firms, such as William T. Clark, Baldwin Coolidge, Halliday Historic Photograph Company, Mary H. Northend, and Thomson & Thomson, are represented in this series. The collection includes many types of photographs, from albumen prints to modern gelatin silver prints. Source: Guide to the Library and Archives, 6.


Descriptive Terms

exterior views
commercial buildings
religious buildings
public buildings
black-and-white prints (photographs)
albumen prints
gelatin silver prints

Physical Description

ca. 100,000 photographs

Collection Code


Collection Name

General photographic collection

Reference Code



Massachusetts (United States)
Maine (United States)
New Hampshire (United States)
Connecticut (United States)
Rhode Island (United States)
Vermont (United States)

Record Details


Clark, William T. (Photographer)
Coolidge, Baldwin, 1845-1928 (Photographer)
Northend, Mary H. (1850-1926) (Photographer)
Halliday Historic Photograph Co. (Photographic studio)
Thomson & Thomson (Boston, Mass.) (Photographic studio)

Material Type

black-and-white prints (photographs)
albumen prints
gelatin silver prints


Architectural photography

Description Level




This series is organized in two sub-series: geographic locations and subjects. The arrangement of the localities begins with each New England state, further subdivided by city or town. There may also be additional subdivisions by such elements as the names of streets, structures, or photographers. The files are also generally grouped into specific categories by format: mounted, unmounted, and photomechanicals; and the time period of the structure represented: ancient (from the seventeenth-century to the mid-nineteenth-century) and modern.

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