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Repository: Richard and Ronay Menschel Library, George Eastman Museum
Source - dnr: Boyer, Alden Scott, 1887-1953
Creator: Brady, Mathew B., 1823-1896
Creator: Howland, Samuel Shaw (S. S.), 1849-1925
Creator: Paxton, Joseph, 1803-1865
Title: Alden Scott Boyer collection
ID: RRML.SC0023
Date [inclusive]: 1839-1949, undated
Date [bulk]: 1850-1945
Physical Description: 2 Linear Feet
Language of the Material: English; Some items are in French.

Abstract: This collection consists of the personal papers and collections of Chicago-based collector Alden Scott Boyer. The materials date between 1839 and 1949, with the bulk dating between 1850 and 1945. The records comprise Boyer's personal correspondence, copies of his yearly newsletter and other ephemera, plus collected material including scrapbooks, manuscripts, letters, original illustrations, and ephemera.

Scope & Contents: The material in this collection comprises personal papers of collector Alden Scott Boyer along with some of the material he collected for his Museum of American Curiosities. Included in the collection is a small amount of Boyer's receipts, correspondence, and ephemera. Of special note is a photograph of Ansel Adams taken by former George Eastman Museum director Beaumont Newhall which Newhall sent to his friend Boyer.

The material in Series II comprises scrapbooks, account books, manuscripts, and miscellaneous correspondence and ephemera. Of particular note is a receipt from Mathew Brady's Daguerrian Galleries to Josiah Hale, dated May 7, 1855, signed by Thomas C. Evans.


Creation of this finding aid was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant #MA-30-15-0019-15.