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Repository: Richard and Ronay Menschel Library, George Eastman Museum
Source - col: Sipley, Louis Walton, 1897-1968
Source: 3M Foundation
Creator - pht: MacDonald, Pirie (Ian Pirie), 1867-1942
Title: Pirie MacDonald collection, Louis Walton Sipley/American Museum of Photography collection
ID: RRML.SC0010
Date [inclusive]: 1886-1941, undated
Physical Description: 2.0 Cubic feet 3 boxes
Language of the Material: English

Abstract: This collection consists of the papers of Pirie McDonald, the American portrait photographer, also known as the "Photographer of Men." The materials date between 1886 and 1941. The papers comprise scrapbooks, formula notebooks, and loose articles and clippings.

Scope & Contents: The material in this collection primarily relates to MacDonald's role as a portrait photographer. Five of the scrapbooks include newspaper clippings from Vogue, New York Tribune, New York Globe, New York Times, and the New York Herald advertising MacDonald's photography studio. The "Samples of Office Stationary" scrapbook contains lists of MacDonald's awards, appointment reminders, business cards, advertisement reprint prices, and invoices for stationary and paper. The three formula notebooks contain articles regarding formulas for developers, artistic lighting, dry mounting, and other photographic processes. They also include handwritten lists, instructions, and formulas.


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.