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Repository: Richard and Ronay Menschel Library, George Eastman Museum
Source - col: Sipley, Louis Walton, 1897-1968
Source: 3M Foundation
Source - cre: Lifshey, S. H. (Samuel Hector), 1871-1954
Title: S. H. Lifshey scrapbooks, Louis Walton Sipley/American Museum of Photography collection
ID: RRML.SC0016
Date [inclusive]: approximately 1898-1949
Physical Description: 2.2 Linear Feet 2 boxes, 3 scrapbooks
Language of the Material: English

Abstract: This collection consists of three scrapbooks containing materials related to photographer S. H. Lifshey. The contents of the scrapbooks include newspaper and magazine articles, ephemera, and photographs. The materials date from the 1890s through the 1940s.

Scope & Contents: This collection consists of three scrapbooks containing materials related to the career of photographer S. H. Lifshey. Two of the scrapbooks document Lifshey's career as a successful commercial portrait photographer and his personal work in the photographic pictorialist style, likely influenced by his association with Gertrude Kasebier at the start of her career. They contain profile pieces that appeared in photographic and general interest publications, notices and reviews of his exhibitions, and personal letters, including brief notes from fellow photographers Gertrude Kasebier and Pirie MacDonald and a formal letter from President Theodore Roosevelt dated 1898 that acknowledges receipt of a photograph.

Ephemera in the scrapbooks mainly pertains to the numerous professional and fraternal organizations in which Lifshey was actively involved, including programs from conventions of the Professional Photographers Society of New York. The bulk of this material dates from 1900-1920. Also present are holiday greeting cards designed by Lifshey for his personal use in the 1920s and early 1930s.

The third scrapbook pertains to Lifshey's job in the Publications Department at the Raritan Arsenal in New Jersey during and after World War II. This scrapbook includes photographs of Lifshey with his coworkers, photographs of work sites and events, and official documents related to Lifshey's employment, such as letters authorizing travel for business purposes. Lifshey's work contributed to the Technical Manual for the Medium Tank M46 (TM 9-718).


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.