Elizabeth Ransom Photograph Collection
Language of Materials
The collection contains 61 glass negatives of buildings, parks, events and potraits in New York City and state. Also included are three albumen prints of the steamboat Harlem and an unidentified residence.
The Elizabeth Ransom Collection is digitized and available in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Digital Library.
The collection was donated by Elizabeth Ransom, but other than her name, we know nothing else about her or her connection to the negatives. Each negative has a number, given by the New-York Historical Society and a description. The photographer is unidentified.
Material is divided into two series: I. Glass Negatives; II. Photographs. The negatives have been further arranged by subject, with images of New York City broken into smaller categories.
Scope and Content Note
The Elizabeth Ransom Photograph Collection contains mainly glass negatives taken from 1891-1892. The majority are New York City images and include buildings, parks, street scenes and events. The collection is divided into two series: Glass Negatives and Photographs.
Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit www.nyhistory.org/library/visit.
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, email@example.com. 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: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions
This collection should be cited as: Elizabeth Ransom Photograph Collection, PR 237, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, The New-York Historical Society.
Location of Materials
Gift of Elizabeth Ransom.
Existence and Location of Copies
Digital copies are available in the Shelby White and Leon Levy Digital Library.
About this Guide
Edition of this Guide
Series I: Glass Negatives
Scope and Contents note
Series I. Glass Negatives is comprised of 61 negatives. These negatives have been arranged by subject, with images of New York City broken into smaller categories.
Images of Hempstead, New York include a July 4th parade. Photographs of fire engines as well as the Hook and Ladder, Hose and Steamer Company's house on Fulton Street are included.
Images of New York City are divided into the following subjects:
Buildings contains images of All Souls, St. Bartholomew and St. Thomas Churches, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Columbia College and Wilson & Kellogg's School.
Central Park has images of various buildings, monuments and locations in the park. There are several photographs of the menagerie; most are of various animals in their cages.
Parades and Processions include the Saint Patrick's Parade, as well as the funeral procession of General William T. Sherman. These images were taken from inside Wilson & Kellogg's School.
Residences contains images of the Havemeyer residence on Fifth Avenue and 66th Street, a shanty on Madison Avenue and 77th where Blind Tom Foley and his family once lived, the Tiffany House on Madison Avenue and 72nd Street, the Vanderbilt twin houses at 640 Fifth Avenue, Cornelius Vanderbilt II residence on Fifth Avenue and 57th Street, and William K. Vanderbilt's home on Fifth Avenue and 52nd Street.
Miscellaneous images include the reservoir at Bryant Park, an advertising fence on Fifth Avenue advertising Barnum & Bailey's Circus, and a F.D.N.Y. fire engine.
Portraits included in this collection are informal. Most were taken outside, near an unidentified house in Hempstead, NY. While the sitters are usually identified there are several with only a first name listed. Portraits include the following identified sitters: Christopher Greer, George Ketchum, Ada Moore, Nellie Moore, Angie Voorhees, and May Voorhees.
Fire engines on Parade, 1891 July 4
NEW YORK, N.Y.
Central Park, 1891
Central Park - Menagerie, 1891 April
Parades & Processions, 1891
Series II: Photographs
Scope and Contents note
Series II. Photographs contains three albumen prints, mounted on board. Two images are of the steamboat Harlem. The other photograph shows an unidentified house.