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Haskell, Arthur C. (Arthur Cushman), 1890-1968. The Haskell photograph collection of early American architecture : Finding Aid

Fine Arts Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: VSCO124
Repository: Fine Arts Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: The Haskell photograph collection of early American architecture
Date(s): 1934-1950
Quantity: 19 boxes
Quantity: 4,000 gelatin silver prints
Quantity: Print count is approximate.
Quantity: sizes vary; some 24 x 18 cm.
Abstract: Photographs of colonial New England architecture taken by Arthur C. Haskell between 1934 and 1950.

Processing Information:

The collection was purchased in 1965 or 1966, and an inventory created in 1967. The photographs were rehoused in acid-free boxes around 2004. Spelling normalization and cross references were added to the box list by processor during mark-up of the finding aid.

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.

Preferred Citation:

Arthur C. Haskell Photographs. Visual Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University

Biographical / Historical

Arthur C. Haskell was born on January 23, 1890 in Salem, Massachusetts . After high school he worked at drafting in the offices of Ralph Adams Cram and at other Boston architectural firms. Between 1910 and 1922, he taught himself the art and craft of architectural photography, using an 8 x 10 view camera. The architect Frank Chouteau Brown provided him with some of his earliest commissions, and also invited him to take pictures for the White Pine Monograph Series of illustrated essays on early American architecture. Haskell went on to provide many of the images used in that series. During the late 1920s, Haskell chose architectural photography as his profession, taking assignments from major Boston architectural firms. During the 1930s he made images for the Historic American Buildings Survey . The photography of early buildings became his specialty. He was celebrated for the beauty and clarity of his images, of which he produced several thousand. Haskell died on August 20, 1968, in Montpelier, Vermont.


Arranged alphabetically by site and building. There are general views of each city and town in one folder and specific buildings in separate folders. Each photograph is labelled with location, name of building if known, and date of photograph.

Scope and Contents

Many of the buildings, which date from the 17th to the early 19th century, are located in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. A small number of buildings were photographed in Connecticut and Maine (none of the buildings are located in Vermont). The building types range from churches and meeting houses to taverns and dwellings. Private houses abound, many of which were already museums at the time of photography.

Container List

Additional Index Terms

Historic buildings--New England--Photographs
Architecture--New England--Photographs
Architecture, Colonial--New England--Photographs
Dwellings--New England--Photographs
Photographic prints--1834-1950
Architectural photographs--1834-1950
Gelatin silver prints--1834-1950
Longfellow House (Cambridge, Mass.)--Photographs
Haskell, Arthur C. (Arthur Cushman), 1890-1968