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Photographs Collected by Henry Hobson Richardson, 1870-1885 (inclusive): An Inventory.

Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University


Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: DES.1936.0001.001561485
Repository: Special Collections, Frances Loeb Library, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University
Title: Photographs Collected by Henry Hobson Richardson: An Inventory.
Date(s): 1870-1885
Quantity: 53 linear feet
Language of materials: English
Abstract: The photographs which comprise this collection were assembled by Henry Hobson Richardson and include 53 volumes of photographs of sites, structures and works of art in Europe, the United States and Asia. The photographs were arranged thematically by Richardson under a variety of rubrics and include building types, components, materials and geographical location. Although the bulk of the photographs were acquired in the 1870s and 1880s, some are of earlier vintages. Photographers represented include Felton, Baldus, Jackson, as well as a number of established specialty studios (i.e., Fratelli Alinari).

Acquisition Information:

Immediate source of acquisition: Gift of Charles A. Coolidge, 1936.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Mary Daniels

Conditions on Use and Access:

The photographs are available to researchers, during the regular Reading Room hours of the Special Collections department; photoreproduction is governed by the Library's general policies and procedures. They are also available on microfilm (4 reels, 35 mm.) from Frances Loeb Library, Harvrad University.


Henry Hobson Richardson was born at Priestly Plantation, Louisiana, on September 29, 1838. He studied at Harvard University where he decided to become an architect. Upon graduation in 1859 he attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and later worked in the office of Théodore Labrouste. Richardson returned to the United States after the Civil War in 1865. In 1866 he was awarded his first commission, the Church of the Unity, in Springfield, Massachusetts. In 1874 he moved his practice from New York to Boston and founded, where he designed residential buildings, library buildings, railroad stations, educational buildings, and commercial and civic structures. Among his renowned buildings are the Brattle Square Church (1870-72), and Trinity Church (1872-77) in Boston, Sever (1878-80) and Austin Hall (1880-84) at Harvard, Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail (1883-88) in Pittsburgh, the Glessner House in Chicago (1885-87), and the Crane Memorial Library in Quincy, Massachusetts (1880-82). Richardson died in Brookline, Massachusetts on April 27, 1886.


The original organization and sequence of the prints has been maintained.

Scope and Contents

The 53 albums contain ca.3500 individual images. They include views of Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture in France, Italy, and Spain, together with photographs of sculptural detail, ironwork and woodwork. Conservation concerns dictated that the albums be disbound and the individual leaves sleeved. One album has been completely restored and re-bound (218-3) to provide an artefactual exemplar of the appearance of the original volumes.

Container List

Personal Names Index

Corporate Names Index

LC Topical Headings Index

Geographic Names Index

Genre / Form Index

AAT Terms Index