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Manuscript Group 526
HARRISBURG AREA ANONYMOUS GLASS PLATE NEGATIVES
circa 1895-1900
(3 cu. ft.)


This collection is comprised of three-hundred fourteen, 5" x 8" glass-plate negatives taken by an anonymous female photographer during the 1890s. Identified in self-portraits, it is believed the young woman took up photography as a hobby. A number of the images depict scenes from the Harrisburg area, including views of the Susquehanna River, the Rockville Bridge, and the Harrisburg skyline prior to 1897. These seem to indicate that the family was from one of the communities on the West Shore.

The majority of the negatives include photographs of family members taken over a period of roughly ten years. They include images of an elderly man, one young man, a young boy, one elderly woman, three young women, and an infant. The group also contains numerous interior residence scenes of the family's home, as well as pastoral views of the Harrisburg region and coastal views from New England, specifically Gloucester, Massachusetts. Other subjects include still-lifes, flood scenes, snow scenes, seasonal changes, and street scenes, including one of an unpaved Front Street near St. Stephen's Church in Harrisburg.



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