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VSCO 075

Photographs of Europe, 1926 : Finding Aid

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: VSCO 075
Repository: Fine Arts Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Thomas S. Donohugh
Title: Photographs of Europe, 1926
Date(s): 1926
Quantity: 180 photographs
Abstract: Photographs, attributed to "Donohugh" by the donor, from a trip, possibly made by a Methodist Episcopal (M.E.) Church group, mostly through Central and Eastern Europe, with visits to sites in Germany, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Austria, and Holland.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

These photographs were a gift from Professor James S. Ackerman, bought at auction.

Processing Information:

In 2006 the Collection was inventoried by Nomi Kaim and re-housed in 9 acid-free boxes by Joshua Porterfield. The inventory includes spellings for personal and place names taken directly from handwritten notes on the mat frames.

Conditions Governing Access:

Access by appointment only. Applications to consult this material should be directed to the Librarian of the Fine Arts Library.

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and/or publication of materials subject to copyright requires written permission from a) the copyright owner, his/her heirs or assigns and from b) the Fine Arts Library, owner of the original material.

Related Correspondence

Thomas Smith Donohugh appears as a correspondent in the papers of George Way Harley, available in the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University. An online guide to the Harley Papers is available.
Guide to the George Way Harley Papers, 1911-1975


Although the donor attributed the photographs only to the name "Donohugh," in-house research leads us to believe that the photographer is Thomas Smith Donohugh. Born in 1875, Thomas S. Donohugh wrote for the Methodist Episcopal Church, Board of Foreign Missions. His work took him to Africa and, presumably, also to Central and Eastern Europe where he would have visited the Methodist Episcopal schools and churches shown in the photographs.


The collection consists of 180 photographic prints on board mounts with mat frames ; gelatin silver ; 14 x 19 cm. Identifications and dates are handwritten on mat frames. Arranged alphabetically by country, Germany is the largest section with mostly architectural subjects and major cities. Bulgaria is next in size, depicting Sophia and other cities plus village life. Also includes images from Holland,Hungary,Latvia,Romania,Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia. Includes views of castles and palaces, churches, historic buildings, town halls and other government buildings, statues and monuments, street scenes, cityscapes, waterfronts, and other tourist attractions. Some images depict Methodist Episcopal churches, schools, and children's homes. Other images show people and various aspects of daily life, including folk dancers in Lovetch, Bulgaria, a synagogue and outdoor market in Prague, and a street vendor selling tea in Belgrade.

Other Finding Aids

An item-level inventory is available in the repository.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Travel -- Europe -- Photographs
Castles -- Europe -- Photographs
Historic buildings -- Europe -- Photographs
Statues -- Europe -- Photographs
Waterfronts -- Europe -- Photographs
City and town life -- Europe -- Photographs
Churches -- Europe -- Photographs
Church schools -- Europe -- Photographs
Gelatin silver prints -- 1920-1930
Cityscape photographs -- 1920-1930
Donohugh, Thomas S. (Thomas Smith), b. 1875, photographer.
Methodist Epsicopal Church