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Richard and Ronay Menschel Library Collection Finding Aids

Finding aids marked with an asterisk (*) were created through a project funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, grant #MA-30-15-0019-15. 


Organized alphabetically by creator

A-C  G-H  K-L  M-N  P-S  T-W

 

Boyer, Alden Scott, 1887-1953

Alden Scott Boyer collection, 1839-1949, undated; bulk 1850-1945*
Physical Description: 2 linear feet (2 boxes)
Abstract: Collection consists of the personal papers and collections of Chicago-based collector Alden Scott Boyer. 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.

Alden Scott Boyer correspondence regarding James John Hissey, 1951 November-1952 July, undated*
Physical Description: 1 folder
Abstract: Collection consists of letters regarding Alden Scott Boyer's interest in collecting information and photographs related to the English author and X-ray photography pioneer James John Hissey.

C.W. Briggs Company

C. W. Briggs Company records, 1871-1951, undated; bulk 1915-1938*
Physical Description: 23 linear feet (35 boxes)
Abstract: Collection consists of the records of the Philadelphia-based C. W. Briggs Company, one of the leading producers of lantern slides in the United States. Records include legal and financial documents, lantern slide catalogs, artwork, photographic materials, and lantern slide lecture scripts.

Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929

Samuel Castner, Jr., papers, circa 1880-1915*
Physical Description: 1.42 linear feet (1 document box, 1 flat box)
Abstract: Collection consists of three scrapbooks created by Samuel Castner, Jr., and possibly his son, Samuel J. Castner. The Castners were wealthy amateur photographers who were both lifelong members of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia. Scrapbooks contain handwritten notes and ephemera pertaining to photographic processes, darkroom formulas and procedures, cameras, and accessories.

Chambers, Frank V. (Frank Virginius), 1861-1940

Frank V. Chambers/Frederic Ives collection, 1881-1942, undated; bulk 1932-1938*
Physical Description: 6 linear feet (12 document boxes)
Abstract: Collection consists of the general business correspondence of Frank V. Chambers, founder and editor of The Camera. Records comprise correspondence, manuscript submissions, photographs, and Frederic Ives's notes and manuscripts.

Chicago Colortype Co.

Chicago Colortype Co. ledger, 1897-1900*
Physical Description: .83 linear feet (1 flat box)
Abstract: Ledger contains financial information about the Chicago Colortype Co., a three-color photoengraving plant which began operations around 1895. Includes correspondence from Gustav Zeese, developer of the process used by the company who also served as general manager of the manufacturing department.

Coburn, Alvin Langdon, 1882-1966

Alvin Langdon Coburn papers, 1828-1967, undated; bulk 1904-1917*
Physical Description: 14 linear feet (14 boxes, 6 scrapbooks)
Abstract: Collection contains correspondence, writings, printed material, scrapbooks, realia, and personal papers related to Alvin Langdon Coburn, a major photographer of the early 20th century best known for fine portraits and pictorial cityscapes. While Coburn is also considered an interesting figure in Anglo-American letters, history, and art, the bulk of the materials document the peak years of Coburn’s photographic career.

E. & H.T. Anthony (Firm)

E. & H.T. Anthony records*
Physical Description: .42 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: This collection consists of the records of the E. & H. T. Anthony & Company. The materials date between 1859 and 1917 and comprise legal documents, correspondence, patent applications, and various photographic process formulas.

Gatchel & Manning Company

Gatchel & Manning Company scrapbook*
Physical Description: 1 linear foot (1 volume)
Abstract: Scrapbook contains advertisements and editorial mentions of the Gatchel & Manning Company, Philadelphia photoengravers established in 1889. Clippings are from Poor Richard's Almanack (1935-1939), Printers' Ink (1939), The Plate Makers' Criterion (1939-1940), The Pacific Printer and Publisher (1939-1940), and The Photo-Engravers' Bulletin (1939-1940).

Godowsky, Leopold, Jr., 1900-1989

Leopold Godowsky, Jr., collection, 1900-1989, undated; bulk 1925-1965*
Physical Description: 21 linear feet (38 document boxes, 1 flat box, 2 record boxes of unprocessed photographic material)
Abstract: Collection comprises the professional and personal papers of Leopold Godowsky, Jr., co-inventor of Kodachrome film and employee of the Eastman Kodak Company (1930-1939). Material dates from 1900 to 1989 and includes correspondence, notes, photographs, and negatives, as well Godowsky's extensive research materials. Also includes correspondence and receipts documenting portions of Godowsky's travel in Europe, and the construction of Stony Point, his estate in Westport, Connecticut.

Goldensky, Elias

Elias Goldensky papers, 1895-1943*
Physical Description: .42 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: Collection includes includes business records, correspondence, and graphic materials related to Goldensky's technical discoveries and photography business. Of note are portraits of Russian author Maxim Gorky; material that documents Goldensky's experimentation with lighting and exposure; and a 1933 letter to Goldensky from Franklin D. Roosevelt in which FDR thanks Goldensky for the photograph of his mother.

Gutekunst, Frederick, 1831-1917

Frederick Gutekunst papers, 1832-1914, undated*
Physical Description: 4.25 linear feet (4 boxes)
Abstract: Collection consists of correspondence, awards, and ledgers documenting Frederick Gutekunst's career as a portrait photographer as well as his ongoing interests in pharmacy, medical, and health-related issues.

Hawes, Josiah Johnson, 1808-1901

Southworth & Hawes records, 1840-1946, undated*
Physical Description: 5 linear feet (8 boxes)
Abstract: Collection consists of materials related to the daguerreotype studio of Southworth & Hawes, although it also includes records from the business prior to J.J. Hawes becoming a partner in 1843 and after Southworth's departure in 1861. Records include financial and legal records, correspondence, ephemera, clippings, and records related to the 1934 exhibition and sale of Southworth & Hawes daguerreotypes.

Hine, Lewis Wickes, 1874-1940

Lewis Wickes Hine papers, 1904-1940, undated*
Physical Description: 1.25 linear feet (3 document boxes)
Abstract: Papers comprise correspondence, manuscripts, printed material, and ephemera related to Lewis Hine, the pioneering documentary photographer. Hine's work brought to light the horrors of child labor practices, the challenges faced by immigrants arriving in the United States, and the poor living and working conditions of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Many materials bear Hine’s handwritten notes and instructions to his typist.

Lewis Wickes Hine scrapbook, 1905-1956; bulk 1905-1939*
Physical Description: 1 linear foot (1 volume)
Abstract: Titled "A Record of Photography by Lewis W. Hine from 1905-1939. Showing Some of the Uses Made of them and Critical Appreciation of Them," the scrapbook contains clippings about Hine's work in the early part of the twentieth century. Most are illustrated with Hine's photographs.

Horgan, Stephen H. (Stephen Henry), 1854-1941

Stephen Henry Horgan papers, 1867-1946, undated*
Physical Description: 3.25 linear feet (5 boxes)
Abstract: Collection comprises correspondence, notebooks, scrapbooks, and graphic material related to Stephen Henry Horgan's role in the history of the graphic arts. Horgan is often credited as having introduced the first screen halftone used in connection with newspaper printing.

Keppler, Victor, 1904-1987

Victor Keppler commercial photography records, 1935-1958, undated*
Physical Description: 14.5 linear feet (13 record boxes, 1 flat E-flute clamshell box)
Abstract: Collection documents the business activities of Victor Keppler, one of the foremost mid-century commercial photographers. Materials include account ledgers, job books, appointment books, contact and sample books, and tear sheet scrapbooks.

Victor Keppler sample books, 1952, undated*
Physical Description: 2 linear feet (2 flat boxes)
Abstract: Collection comprises seven sample books containing commercial photographer Victor Keppler's black-and-white images intended for use in print advertisements. Photographs are themed around insurance and pharmaceutical products, Schaeffer Beer, The Saturday Evening Post, U.S. savings bonds, various goods and services, and such celebrities as Imogene Coca and Sid Caesar.

Keystone View Company

Keystone View Company Visual Education collection, 1910-1949, undated*
Physical Description: 1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)
Collection includes slide set catalogs, lecture scripts, and product information from the Keystone View Company, once the world's largest distributor of stereographic images.

Lifshey, S. H.

S. H. Lifshey scrapbooks, approximately 1898-1949*
Physical Description: 2.2 linear feet (2 boxes, 3 scrapbooks)
Abstract: Collection comprises three scrapbooks containing materials related to photographer S. H. Lifshey. Materials include newspaper and magazine articles, ephemera, and photographs.

MacDonald, Pirie, 1867-1942

Pirie MacDonald collection*
Physical Description: 2 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Abstract: This collection consists of the papers of Pirie MacDonald, the American portrait photographer, also known as the "Photographer of Men." Materials include scrapbooks, formula notebooks, and loose articles and clippings.

Mackay, Zelda, 1893-1985

Zelda Mackay papers, 1839-1967*
Physical Description: 3 linear feet
Abstract: Collection consists of the papers of Zelda Mackay, educator and collector of early photographs. Materials include correspondence, clippings, and advertisements and other ephemera.

The Models' Guild of Philadelphia

Models' Guild of Philadelphia records, 1941-1968, undated; bulk 1946-1960*
Physical Description: 3.5 linear feet, (8 boxes, including 1,400 photographs)
Abstract: Collection consists of the records of the Models' Guild of Philadelphia which served as a central resource of information for commercial photographers, connecting them with professional models for television, fashion, and convention work. Records comprise correspondence, organizational documents, clippings, notices to members, ephemera, and approximately 1,400 photographs.

National Photographic Dealers' Association

National Photographic Dealers' Association records, 1934-1946*
Physical Description: 3 folders
Abstract: Collection contains records documenting the membership and financial activities of the National Photographic Dealers' Association. Includes member lists and dues paid, salaries and operating expenses, invoices, treasurer's reports.

Pennsylvania Arts and Sciences Society

Pennsylvania Arts and Sciences Society records, 1929-1946, undated*
Physical Description: .83 linear feet (2 document boxes)
Abstract: Collection primarily consists of records related to the Pennsylvania Arts and Sciences Society, including the Society's founding documents. Materials also include specimen pages for the publication Pennsylvania Arts and Sciences and graphic materials used to create educational slide sets.

Photographic Society of Philadelphia

Photographic Society of Philadelphia records, 1860-1965; bulk 1862-1944*
Physical Description: 7.84 linear feet (3 record storage boxes, 4 legal document cases, 1 flat box, 4 oversized albums)
Abstract: Collection includes the business and event records of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia, considered to be the earliest society of its kind in the United States and which continues to exist today. Highlights of the collection include the Society's earliest written materials as well as scrapbook albums documenting the four Philadelphia Photographic Salons (1898-1901), historically important annual exhibitions which the Society co-hosted with the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Sipley, Louis Walton

Louis Walton Sipley/American Museum of Photography collection, 1798-1978, undated; bulk 1940-1968*
Physical Description: 54 linear feet (105 boxes)
Abstract: Collection consists of the records of the American Museum of Photography, the first museum devoted solely to the art and science of photography, and its founder Louis Walton Sipley. Materials include the museum's exhibition, collection, and financial records, as well as Sipley's writings on photography and his vast correspondence with photographic experts from around the world.

Visual Education collection, 1927-1939, undated*
Physical Description: .85 linear feet (2 document boxes)
Abstract: Collection includes correspondence, slide outlines, and writings related to Louis Walton Sipley's research on the impact of visual education, particularly in the sciences. Materials include Sipley's full slide lectures and several papers he wrote while part of the University of Pennsylvania's education doctoral program.

Society of Commercial Photographers of Philadelphia

Society of Commercial Photographers of Philadelphia, 1921-1962, undated; bulk 1945-1960*
Physical Description: .63 linear feet (2 document boxes)
Abstract: Collection consists of the records of the Society of Commercial Photographers of Philadelphia, an organization dedicated to standardizing professional commercial photography and advancing the knowledge of its membership through lectures and demonstrations in the art of photography. Records comprise foundational documents, meeting minutes, member information, photographic materials, and information about lectures and events.

Southworth, Albert Sands, 1811-1894

Southworth & Hawes records, 1840-1946, undated*
Physical Description: 5 linear feet (8 boxes)
Abstract: Collection consists of materials related to the daguerreotype studio of Southworth & Hawes, although it also includes records from the business prior to J.J. Hawes becoming a partner in 1843 and after Southworth's departure in 1861. Records include financial and legal records, correspondence, ephemera, clippings, and records related to the 1934 exhibition and sale of Southworth & Hawes daguerreotypes.

Traube, Arthur

Arthur Traube/Uvachrome collection, 1905-1949, undated*
Physical Description: .5 Linear Feet 1 document box
Abstract: Collection comprises the papers of German chemist Dr. Arthur Traube and his development of the Uvachrome process, a variation of the dye imbibition process. Materials include correspondence, articles written by Dr. Traube, patents, Uvachrome A.G. materials, and Uvachrome and Uvatype reproductions.

Underwood, Bert Elias, 1862-1943

Underwood & Underwood collection, 1925-1947*
Physical Description: .21 linear feet (1 document box)
Abstract: Collection contains records pertaining to the history of Underwood & Underwood, a leading purveyor of stereographic images in the nineteenth century which later became a pioneering news photography agency. Materials include of clippings about the company published between 1925 and 1947 and seven brief manuscripts written by Bert Underwood in which he remembers his work and travels.

VitaVision

VitaVision records, 1942-1966; bulk 1947-1948*
Physical Description: .42 linear feet (1 document box)
Abstract: Collection comprises records of the VitaVision company, developer of a three-dimensional photographic process often used in the late 1940s to entice customers into department-store studios. Materials are primarily related to the VitaVision studio in the Lit Brothers department store in Philadelpha, and include photographs, correspondence, advertisements, and meeting minutes.

W. & F. Langenheim Company

W. & F. Langenheim Company records, 1848-1953, undated*
Physical Description: 1 folder
Abstract: Collection contains correspondence, ephemera, and patent documentation related to the W. & F. Langenheim Company.

Wentzel, Fritz Gustav

Fritz Wentzel research files, 1899-1953, undated*
Physical Description: 1.25 linear feet (3 document boxes)
Abstract: Collection comprises the research files of German-born photochemist Dr. Fritz Wentzel. Materials include photo-paper manufacturers' instruction sheets and sample exposures, many of which were made by Dr. Wentzel; Wentzel's handwritten notes; articles about photographic materials and processes; and process recipes.

Fritz Wentzel papers, 1959-1968*
Physical Description: .21 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract: Collection comprises papers related to Dr. Fritz Wentzel and the publication of his autobiography Memoirs of a Photochemist. Materials include Wentzel's correspondence with Louis Walton Sipley and various publishers, as well as draft copies of the manuscript.