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HUV 2332

Rittase, William M., 1894-1968. Photographs of the Harvard University campus and environs taken by William M. Rittase, circa 1930 : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUV 2332
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Rittase, William M., 1894-1968
Title: Photographs of the Harvard University campus and environs taken by William M. Rittase, circa 1930.
Date(s): 1930.
Quantity: 2.50 cubic feet (89 photographic prints (5 flat boxes))
Language of materials: English
Abstract: William M. Rittase was an American photographer active in the 1920s and 1930s principally known as an industrial photographer. This collection consists of 87 black and white photographic prints depicting Harvard University buildings in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts and the Charles River and Weeks Footbridge.

Processing Information:

Photograph titles were transcribed from the accompanying "Numerical List of Photographs" and photographer's numbers were transcribed from studio stickers on verso of prints.
This finding aid was created by Andrea Schuler in April 2009.

Researcher Access:

This collection is open for research.

Duplication Restriction:

Duplication is subject to copyright restrictions.

Preferred Citation:

Rittase, William M., 1894-1968. Photographs of the Harvard University campus and environs taken by William M. Rittase, circa 1930. HUV 2332, Harvard University Archives.

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Biographical Note

William M. Rittase (January 16, 1887-October 28, 1968) was an American photographer active in Philadelphia during the 1920s and 1930s. He was known for his industrial photography commissioned for articles and advertisements and his photographs appeared frequently in Fortune magazine and other periodicals in the 1930s. His work was included in Lincoln Kirstein's 1930 Harvard Society for Contemporary Art exhibition among numerous other exhibitions. Rittase was affiliated with the Camera Pictorialists of Los Angeles.

Arrangement

The photographs are arranged numerically according to Rittase's print numbers. The bulk of the print numbers begin with the prefix HAR- with the exception of the final three prints, and it is unclear if these relate to Harvard University.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of 89 black and white photographic prints from a series taken by William M. Rittase in the late 1920s or early 1930s depicting Harvard University buildings in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A small number document campus environs such as the Charles River and Weeks Footbridge and the Harvard Business School in nearby Allston, Massachusetts. The photographs focus primarily on exterior views of the buildings and are a mix of general views and detailed views of building architecture. Memorial Church is particularly well-documented with numerous exterior as well as interior views comprising more than a quarter of the collection. There are a small number of photographs that focus on people, including a Harvard student, the Harvard Band, and four photos of athletes. The collection is accompanied by a "Numerical List of Photographs by William M. Rittase, 247 S. 15th St., Philadelphia, Pa." dated 1933.

Inventory update

This document last updated 2015 August 14.

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