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Mss:1415 1860-1975 G326

General File Photograph Collection, 1860-1975: A Finding Aid

Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: Mss:1415 1860-1975 G326
Repository: Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School, Harvard University
Title: General File Photograph Collection
Date(s): 1860-1975
Quantity: 20 linear feet (19 boxes and oversize folders)
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection consists of approximately 1,250 photographic prints that depict a wide range of agricultural, industrial, manufacturing, transportation, and other scenes.

Provenance:

Gifts from various sources, known and unknown, ca. 1925-1985.
Between 1925 and 1985, many individuals, companies, and organizations donated small collections of photographs to Baker Library.

Processing Information:

Processed: July 2001
By: Maggie Hale

Processing Note:

The photographs included in the General File Photograph Collection were formerly part of the large PM (Pictures of Manufacturing) and PG (Pictures Geographic) files. The collection was processed as part of the Historical Collections manuscript photograph project in 2001. The PM and PG files were dismantled during the project. Large, distinct groups of photographs were removed and arranged as separate collections, such as the Industrial Life Photograph Collection and the Caterpillar Tractor Company Photograph Collection. The photographs that remained were arranged as the General File Photograph Collection. Each group of photographs was assigned an appropriate Cutter industry number and then divided into twenty-three series based on the general industry grouping.
The Baker Library Classification of Business Literature industry numbers that were assigned to the photographs as part of the PM and PG files were retained for the General Files collection. The photographs were arranged by industry number and also by size. Each grouping of photographs was assigned to a title. The photographs were rehoused into acid- and lignin-free folders and stored in drop-front boxes of the appropriate size. Within each box, folders are arranged by industry number and within the industry number, alphabetically by group title.

Conditions Governing Access:

Appointment necessary to consult collection.

Preferred Citation:

Cite as: General File Photograph Collection. Baker Library Historical Collections. Harvard Business School.

Related Material:

Industrial Life Photograph Collection, ca. 1920-1941. Mss:1412
Caterpillar Tractor Company Photographs, 1927-1932. Mss:537

Series Outline

The collection is arranged in the following series:

Scope and Content Note:

This collection consists of approximately 1,250 photographic prints that depict a wide range of agricultural, industrial, manufacturing, transportation, and other scenes. Between 1925 and 1985, many individuals, companies, and organizations donated small collections of photographs to Baker Library. The small groups vary in size from a single image to a group of ninety photographs. Industries represented range from agricultural industries, mining, and various manufacturing industries to land, air, and water transportation industries. The collection dates from circa 1860 to 1975 and the majority of the photographs were taken prior to 1950.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Advertising photography.
Aeronautics--Photographs.
Airplanes--Photographs.
Automobile industry and trade--Photographs.
Automobiles--Photographs.
Bridges--Photographs.
Commercial photography.
Electric industries--Photographs.
Electric power plant equipment industry--Photographs.
Electric power production--Photographs.
Factories--Photographs.
Grocery trade--Photographs.
Industrial equipment industry--Photographs.
Industries--Photographs.
Iron industry and trade--Photographs.
Machinery industry--Photographs.
Manufactures--Photographs.
Manufacturing industries--Photographs.
Manufacturing processes--Photographs.
Mineral industries--Photographs.
Mining corporations--Photographs.
Petroleum industry and trade--Photographs.
Photography of automobiles.
Railroad equipment industry--Photographs.
Retail trade--Photographs.
Steel industry and trade--Photographs.
Supermarkets--Photographs.
Textile industry--Photographs.
Textile machinery industry--Photographs.
Transportation -- Photographs.
Transportation equipment industry--Photographs.
Tunnels--Photographs.
Photographs.

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