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Call No.: HUV 2294.2
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Glessner, John George Macbeth, 1871-1929
Title: Photographs of the Harvard University campus and student life, ca. 1890-1894
Quantity: .24 cubic feet (14 glass negatives, 9 photographic prints (1 half document box, 1 glass negative box))
Language of materials: English
Abstract: This collection consists of 14 glass negatives and 9 photographic prints taken by John George Macbeth Glessner (1871-1929) while he was a student at Harvard from 1890-1894. The images depict Harvard University buildings, athletics, and Harvard students.
Photographs of the Harvard University campus and environs taken by William M. Rittase, ca. 1930: an inventory
John George Macbeth Glessner was born on October 2, 1871 in Chicago, Ill. to John Jacob and Sarah Frances (Macbeth) Glessner. He received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1894. In 1898 he married Alice Hamlin and the couple had 4 children. From 1894 to 1906 Glessner worked with his father in his harvesting machinery business in Chicago, and he founded the Commonwealth Commerical Company in 1907. He later moved to New Hampshire where he held various positions in state government, including Secretery of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions. Glessner died in 1929.
The images are arranged in three series: Harvard Yard and Harvard University buildings, Athletics, and Student life. Photographs are numbered 1-9 and are housed in box 1. Glass negatives are numbered 10-23 and are housed in box 2.
This collections consists of 14 glass negatives and 9 photographic prints taken by John George Macbeth Glessner while he was a student at Harvard from 1890-1894. Approximately half of the collection consists of exterior views of Harvard University buildings in Cambridge, Mass. The remaining images depict a baseball game, men rowing, and two images of unidentified men.The photographic prints include modern prints made from negatives in the collection, modern prints made from nitrate negatives originally in the collection, and original 1890s prints.
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