Palmyra (Ny) Photograph Collection

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Palmyra (N.Y.) photograph collection
Creator: Garlock family
Call Number: D.251
Dates: circa 1890-1910
Physical Description: 9 boxes, 7 albums, 1 package
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Box 1-7 Glass plate negatives
Box 8-9 Duplicate prints of glass negatives
Collection Overview
Title: Palmyra (N.Y.) photograph collection
Creator: Garlock family
Call Number: D.251
Dates: circa 1890-1910
Physical Description: 9 boxes, 7 albums, 1 package
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Scope and Content
The collection consists of 312 glass plate negatives The photographs are thought to have been made by a member of the Garlock family in the small upstate New York town of Palmyra. The images were taken in the period from 1890 to 1910, a time marked by great economic growth and just prior to America's growing involvement in world affairs. We were still a rural nation - farms and small towns having the majority of the population.

Coincident with this was the technological change occurring in photography. Until the 1890s, photographers were using the "wet-plate" process requiring the carrying of cumbersome equipment and wet chemicals to where the photograph was being made and the immediate processing of the negative after exposure. The "dry-plate" process eliminated all this bother, allowing the photographer to range far and wide with only camera, tripod and dry plates, leaving the processing to a later time. This simplification of the process allowed for the growth of photography as a hobby--going head to head with bicycling as the most popular form of leisure activity.

The images in the collection are representative of any small town in America. The photographers who took up the camera turned it to what was most familiar to them; their family, friends, home, their town, its businesses and its Main Street. They photographed what was most familiar to them and what they were most proud of. They also photographed what they felt was most beautiful. Rarely did these photographers work more than a few hours travel from their home and more usually photographed within walking distance of it. In this collection we find people, events, and settings that are unique to the town of Palmyra and unique to the Garlocks but also representative of the country as a whole. This is a loving glimpse into small town America when it was growing, full of vitality and endless possibility.

Subject(s):
New York (State)--Palmyra
Dry plate negatives
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The glass plate negatives were a gift of John M. Topham in 1974. The printing of the negatives was made possible through funds provided by New York State for the conservation of materials in research libraries.Access
The Palmyra (N.Y.) photograph collection is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Palmyra (N.Y.) photograph collection, D.251, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
rarebks@library.rochester.edu
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Content List
Box 1-7Glass plate negatives
312 glass plate negatives

Volume 1-7Prints of the glass plate negatives
ALBUM NUMBER (the location of the print in Albums 1-7) PEOPLE (indicates the gender of the people in the photograph or if there are children) ACTIVITIES (includes bicycling, plowing, hunting, housework, driving, etc.) EVENTS (includes special events such as parades) SETTINGS (includes interior and exterior of houses, shops, streets, rural landscapes, industry, etc.) OBJECTS (indicates whether the photograph includes objects such as toys, pets, farm animals, etc.) VEHICLES (indicates whether the photograph includes bicycles, automobiles, wagons, trains, etc.) SEASON (winter, indicated by the presence of snow, is the only season identified) IDENTIFICATION (information given us about the subject of the photograph by current (1995) Palmyra residents)
Stored in albums

Box 8-9Duplicate prints of glass negatives
Box 8 contains duplicates of boxes 1-4; box 9 contains duplicates of 6-7.

Package 1Photograph of members of the Garlock family


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