Album 41E: Cambridge Photographic Club - 1894

Collection Type

  • Photography



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This album includes eighteen scenic views showing an outing of the Camera Club to Newton Lower Falls, Mass. It also includes some interesting portraits of individuals and family groups showing photography equipment set up for the purpose. The inside front cover is a list of people who are presumed to be photograpers involved with the Cambridge Photographic Club. A piece of paper inserted in the album says "photographed by James A. Wells for Cambridge Historical Society."


Descriptive Terms

landscapes (environments)
cameras (photographic equipment)
photographic equipment
photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Additional Identification Number

album number 41-e

Physical Description

1 photograph album; 10 x 12 1/2

Collection Code


Collection Name

Photograph albums collection

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Acquisition Type


Image Dimensions

8 3/16 x 6 (HxW)(inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Lois Lilley Howe


Newton Lower Falls (Newton, Middlesex county, Massachusetts) [part of inhabited place]

Record Details


Probably Wells, James A. (Photoengraver)

Material Type

photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Other People

Howe, Lois Lilley, 1864-1964
Sharples, James
Thorpe, Joseph G.
Wells, James A.
Sanger, Charles Robert, 1860-1912

Other Organizations

Brown & Nichols School
Cambridge Photographic Club (Cambridge, Mass.)

Description Level


Location Note


Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

This is one of six albums documenting the work of members in 1885, 1886-87, 1889, 1893, 1894, and 1895. This is an outstanding record of the viewpoints and techniques typical of amateur photographers of the period. The albums are also intersting for viewing architectural subjects. Individual photographers are unfortunately unidentified. However, it is believed that the 1885 volume may represent the work of Lois Lilley Howe, better known as the first woman to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's School of Architecture. Howe was was also an amateur photographer. (Information supplied by Charles Sullivan, Director of the Cambridge Historical Commission). Also includes " A Short history of the Old Cambridge Photographic Club" by James A. Wells, 1903.