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Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Bureau of Archives and History
Pennsylvania State Archives



MG-219

PHILADELPHIA COMMERCIAL MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPHIC COLLECTION

Series Descriptions


I. Pennsylvania Scenes,
[ca. 1840-1854].

(9 boxes)

{series #219m.1}

[Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by name of county.

Photographic prints, and photographic reproductions of charts, maps, and drawings, all covering subjects such as amusements, buildings, docks, industry, the Port of Philadelphia, and street scenes. Also included are clippings, publications, descriptive notes, post cards, some correspondence and some press releases.

II. Subject File,
[ca. 1840-1854].

(18 boxes)


{series #219m.2}

[Holdings]

Arranged alphabetically by type of industry.

Photographic prints, and photographic reproductions of charts, maps, and drawings documenting three main subjects: agriculture, general industry, and transportation. Other subjects include American Indians, bird's eye views, boy scouts, clocks and watches, colonial flags, natural history, and people.

III. William H. Rau Photos from Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania,
[ca. 1840-1854].
(29 prints)

{series #219m.3}

[Holdings]

Arranged numerically by negative number.

Copies of photographs taken by William H. Rau, mostly of railroads but also includes waterways and industry. This material was physically dispersed throughout the topically arranged series mg219.m2, but is listed separately also as a series in its own right.


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