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Samuel Castner Papers, Louis Walton Sipley/American Museum of Photography Collection

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Repository: Richard and Ronay Menschel Library, George Eastman Museum
Source - col: Sipley, Louis Walton, 1897-1968
Source: 3M Foundation
Creator: Castner, Samuel J., 1878-1960
Creator: Castner, Samuel, Jr., 1843-1929
Title: Samuel Castner papers, Louis Walton Sipley/American Museum of Photography collection
ID: RRML.SC0011
Date [inclusive]: circa 1880-1915
Physical Description: 1.42 Linear Feet 1 document box, 1 flat box.
Language of the Material: English

Abstract: This collection consists of three scrapbooks created by Samuel Castner, Jr., and possibly his son, Samuel J. Castner, between approximately 1880 and 1915. The Castners were wealthy amateur photographers who were both lifelong members of the Photographic Society of Philadelphia. The scrapbooks contain handwritten notes and ephemera pertaining to photographic processes, darkroom formulas and procedures, cameras, and accessories.

Scope & Contents: The collection consists of three scrapbooks that contain handwritten notes along with ephemera such as instruction pamphlets, advertisements for various cameras and photographic supplies, and miscellaneous articles pertaining to photography. The handwritten information includes formulas and procedures for various photographic and darkroom processes, such as developers, reducers, fixers, stop baths, and toning.

It is unclear whether Samuel J. Castner is a contributor to the collection. Two of the notebooks are marked with the name Samuel Castner, Jr., while the later notebook labeled "Papers 1900-1915" does not have an identified owner. The materials in this notebook overlap with the dates of the other two notebooks, so it is possible that this notebook was used by the son while the other two belonged to his father.

The collection also includes a small amount of correspondence and ephemera related to the Castners that was found in the American Museum of Photography collection and relocated here.


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.