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de Groot Family photograph collection

Call Number

PR 120


1853-[1967], undated, inclusive



1.88 Linear feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials

This collection is primarily visual. Any text is likely to be in English. There are some instances of French.


Collection of photographs of Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967) and portraits of members of her extended family including her parents, siblings, cousins, and their ancestors. Includes photographs of war work in France during World War I.

Biographical Note

Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967) was the daughter of China trade ship owner William de Groot (1825-1898) and his second wife Elizabeth King Hawley (1833-1926). A painter, art collector and philanthropist, Miss de Groot was born in New York City and moved with her family to Nice, France, in 1891. She lived in Europe for forty years before returning to New York in 1933.


Files are arranged alphabetically by sitter, with miscellaneous and unidentified photographs at the end.

Scope and Contents

The de Groot Family Photograph Collection contains portraits of Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967) and members of her extended family including her parents, siblings, cousins, and their ancestors. Interested in genealogy, she documented the families related to her by marriage, namely the Bosworth, Brantingham, Foote, Hastings, Hawley and Robinson families. Her New York cousins included yachtsman, composer and photographer Frank Seymour Hastings (1853-1924) and his brother, the noted architect Thomas Hastings (1860-1929), the sons of the Reverend Thomas Samuel Hastings (1827-1911) and Fanny de Groot. Adelaide de Groot's sister Elizabeth (1874-1898) married an Italian diplomat, Guilio Caravadossi, the Count of Aspremonte; the collection includes many photographs of the Caravadossis and "La Tour Aspremont Baumettes," their family home in Nice. There are also photographs, including a post-mortem portrait, of their daughter Teresina (1899-1917). Other photographs in the collection include portraits of family friends such as the author Baron Gabriel d'Orgeval, and group portraits that include various touring American friends and members of the expatriate community prior to the second World War. In addition, there are photographs of Miss de Groot's activities with the American Colony Hospital at Nice (1915-1918) and the Daughters of the American Revolution (Philadelphia and Washington chapters visiting Paris in 1932). Most of the photographs are annotated with information about the sitters including, in some cases, details of the colors and fabrics of their clothing; some annotations are extensive and narrative, describing the personalities, relationships and life situations of the subjects.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff.

Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as de Groot Family Photographs, PR 120, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.

Location of Materials

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Adelaide Milton de Groot in December 1941 and March 1942.

Related Materials

Additional de Groot family photographs in The New-York Historical Society Library are located in the de Groot Family Papers held in the Manuscript Department; additional family papers are in BV de Groot. Two annotated family photograph albums holding many of the same and similar images as PR 120 are available in the Department of Prints, Photographs and Architectural Collections in the Album File (PR 002); images of several de Groot, Brantingham and Hawley family members are in the Cased Photographs File (PR 012).

Collection processed by

Sandra Markham

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 15:48:10 -0400.
Language: Description is in English.

Edition of this Guide

This version was derived from deGroot.xml


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