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Baldwin Coolidge photographic collection, ca. 1878-1917

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Title:
Baldwin Coolidge photographic collection, ca. 1878-1917
Description:
The Baldwin Coolidge Photographic Collection is comprised of over 2,000 original negatives, copy prints of the negatives, and a small number of original prints. Coolidge developed his prints on delicately toned Aristo paper. Coolidge was active as a professional photographer from the late 1870s until 1917, which time period is congruent with the chronological coverage of the collection.Boston, Massachusetts is the best represented locality in the collection. Coolidge photographed the Public Garden, Boston Common, T. Wharf, Trinity Church, Boston Public Library, Salada Tea Building under construction, Christian Science Mother Church, and many other streets and buildings. Coolidge's emphasis tends to be on the street or building as a whole, rather than on specific details. To this extent, his photographs are an excellent record of the urban scene at the turn of the twentieth century, often including pedestrians and other signs of activity usually absent from more rigorously architectural views.He also maintained a summer studio on Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, the base from which he made several hundred views of Nantucket, Falmouth, and other Cape Cod communities. He took a series of over fifty images of the staff, students, and facilities of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Wood's Hole.Coolidge's work includes studies of various public libraries by Henry Hobson Richardson; the life-saving stations at Hull, Massachusetts and Biddeford, Maine; farmhouses and scenery in Windham, New Hampshire; and scenes along the Cog Railway and Summit House on Mount Washington, New Hampshire. In other photographs, he focused on working ships, especially fishing schooners. Source: Guide to the Library and Archives, 7.
Photographer:
Coolidge, Baldwin, 1845-1928
Date:
1878–1917
Format:
Photographs
Genre:
black-and-white negatives
black-and-white prints (photographs)
Location:
Historic New England
Collection (local):
PC022: Baldwin Coolidge photographic collection, ca. 1878-1917
Subjects:
ships
buildings (structures)
exterior views
public libraries (buildings)
churches (buildings)
fishing schooners
life-saving stations
farmhouses
aristo paper
photographers
religious buildings
Public Garden (park)
Architectural photography
Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.)
Mount Washington Cog Railway
Richardson, H. H. (Henry Hobson), 1838-1886
Places:
MassachusettsBarnstable (county)Woods Hole
MassachusettsPlymouth (county)Hull
MaineYork (county)Biddeford
New HampshireCoos (county)Washington, Mount (mountain)
MassachusettsSuffolk (county)BostonBack Bay
Salada Tea Building (Boston, Mass.)
First Church of Christ, Scientist (Boston, Mass.)
Mount Washington Summit House (N.H.)
Extent:
ca. 2,000 photographic prints : black-and-white; ca. 2,000 photographic negatives : black-and-white
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Identifier:
171274
Call #:
PC022