Ralph Adams Cram study collection of lantern slides

Collection Type

  • Photography


1723-1951, undated

Location Note

Boxes 1-2




This is a collection of 163 glass lantern slides of exterior and interior views; renderings, plans, elevations, and sections; and models of different buildings by a variety of individual architects and architectural firms. The majority of the slides are of buildings on which the architectural offices of Ralph Adams Cram and partners worked. The collection consists of three series: 1) Architectural offices of Ralph Adams Cram and Partners, II) Works by other Architects or Architectural firms, and III) Miscellaneous buildings and Unidentified buildings. Dates refer to the date of construction of the buildings, not the dates of the slides.


Descriptive Terms

architecture (discipline)
churches (buildings)
public buildings
Prairie School
Richardsonian Romanesque
Shingle Style
Beaux-Arts (style)
architecture genres
academic architecture
Collegiate Gothic
competition drawings
floor plans
elevations (orthographic projections)
plans (orthographic projections)
sections (orthographic projections)
renderings (drawings)
lantern slides

Physical Description

163 glass lantern slides

Collection Code


Collection Name

Ralph Adams Cram study collection of lantern slides

Reference Code



This collection contains glass lantern slides compiled by Ralph Adams Cram.


Santa Clara county (California) [county]
Wallingford (New Haven county, Connecticut)
Waterbury (New Haven county, Connecticut)
Chicago (Cook county, Illinois)
Evanston (Cook county, Illinois)
Indianapolis (Marion county, Indiana)
Des Moines county (Iowa) [county]
Annapolis Rock (Howard county, Maryland)
Baltimore county (Maryland) [county]
Arlington Heights (Arlington, Middlesex county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Brookline (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
Cambridge (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Cohasset (Norfolk county, Massachusetts)
Dorchester Center (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Everett (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Lowell (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Norton (Bristol county, Massachusetts)
Salem (Essex county, Massachusetts)
West Newton (Newton, Middlesex county, Massachusetts) [part of inhabited place]
Williamstown (Berkshire county, Massachusetts)
Winchester (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Cranbrook Lake (Oakland county, Michigan) [lake]
Detroit (Wayne county, Michigan)
Saint Paul (Ramsey county, Minnesota)
Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)
New Brunswick (Middlesex county, New Jersey)
Princeton (Mercer county, New Jersey)
Far Rockaway (Queens, New York City, New York state) [neighborhood]
Manhattan (New York City, New York state) [borough]
Utica (Oneida county, New York state)
West Point (Orange county, New York state)
Winston-Salem (Forsyth county, North Carolina)
Cleveland (Cuyahoga county, Ohio)
Bryn Athyn (Montgomery county, Pennsylvania)
Mercersburg (Franklin county, Pennsylvania)
Philadelphia (Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania)
Pittsburgh (Allegheny county, Pennsylvania)
Newport (Rhode Island island, Newport county, Rhode Island)
Providence (Providence county, Rhode Island)
Charleston (Charleston county, South Carolina)
Sewanee (Franklin county, Tennessee)
Sweet Briar (Amherst county, Virginia)
Windsor (Ontario, Canada)

Record Details


Cram, Ralph Adams (Architect)

Material Type

lantern slides

Other People

Cram, Ralph Adams, 1863-1942
Wentworth, Charles Francis
Ferguson, Frank W.
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor, 1869-1924
Bulfinch, Charles, 1763-1844
Gilbert, Cass, 1859-1934
Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886
Banner, Peter, Mr.
McIntire, Samuel, 1757-1811
Preston, William Gibbons, 1842-1910
Brigham, Charles, 1841-1925
Beman, S. S. (Solon Spencer), 1853-1914
Day, Frank Miles, 1861-1918
Harrison, Peter, 1716-1775
Shaw, Howard Van Doren, 1869-1926

Other Organizations

Cram and Ferguson
Cram, Wentworth, and Goodhue
Cram, Goodhue, and Ferguson
Bertram G. Goodhue Associates
Cope & Stewardson
Maginnis & Walsh
McKim, Mead, and White
Ludlow & Peabody
Rankin & Kellogg
Cabot, Everett & Meade
Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge
Warren, Smith, and Biscoe, Architects
Wheelwright and Haven


This collection is available for research.

Conservation Note

The following conservation and preservation activities have been completed on this collection:
Lantern slides have been placed in archival sleeves and boxes.

Description Level


Location Note

Boxes 1-2

Accruals Note

Accruals are not expected.

Language Note

Materials are in English with the exception of one slide in French.

Preferred Citation

Item identification. Box #, Item #. Ralph Adams Cram study collection of lantern slides (PC064). Historic New England, Library & Archives.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Susan Jarvis, 2016.

Rules and Conventions

This finding aid is DACS-compliant.

Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

Ralph Adams Cram (1863-1942) was an American architect noted for his collegiate and ecclesiastical buildings, many of which were in the Gothic Revival style. He was a fellow of the Boston Society of Architects, the American Institute of Architects, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among others.

During his career, Cram was in a series of partnerships with Charles Wentworth, Frank Ferguson and Bertram Goodhue, all located in Boston, Massachusetts. The last iteration in his lifetime was known as

Cram and Ferguson, which continues to the present as Cram and Ferguson Architects.
Cram was also head of the Architectural Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for seven years, as well as an author of many books and publications about architecture and religion.



The collection is arranged in three series as follows:
Series I. Architectural offices of Ralph Adams Cram and Partners, 1891-1935, 1951, undated
Series II. Works by other Architects or Architectural firms, 1723-1935, undated
Series III. Miscellaneous and unidentified buildings, 1723-1910s, undated
Each series is further arranged into subseries.