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Wright photograph collection

Call Number

PR 203


circa 1910-1920, inclusive



0.33 Linear feet (1 box; 201 gelatin silver prints)

Language of Materials

The documents in the collection are photographic but any text is in English.


The collection contains 201 gelatin silver prints taken by an unidentified photographer of sites in New York City and state circa 1910-1920.


Photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject.

Scope and Content Note

The Wright Photograph Collection spans the period from ca. 1910 to 1920 and contains 201 gelatin silver photographs. Taken by an unidentified photographer, images feature New York City and state locations as well as leisure activities of the middle class. Photographs depict lively gatherings at Coney Island and Brighton Beach, with beachgoers engaging in acrobatics, dancing, diving, boating and playing ball games. Smaller groups of photographs include New York street scenes, with groups of women in stylish hats, houseboats, ocean liners, and people engaged in horseback riding. There are also a large number of scenic views, including images of geysers, beaches, fields, and wooded regions.

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: Wright Photograph Collection, PR 203, 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 Richard Wright, 1991.

Related Material at the Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections

Other photographs of New York City during this time period can be found in the Album File (PR 002), the Jessie Tarbox Beals Photograph Collection (PR 004), the Geographic File (PR 020), the Frank Ingalls Photograph Collection (PR 028), and the Postcard File (PR 054).

Collection processed by

Kelly McAnnaney

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 15:46:32 -0400.
Language: Description is in English.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly McAnnaney, circa 2010.


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New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024