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Call No.: HUV 2297.10
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Cogswell, Edward R. (Edward Russell), 1874-1958
Title: Aerial photographs of Cambridge, Mass. taken by Edward R. Cogswell, Jr.
Date(s): September 18, 1897
Quantity: 0.1 cubic feet (7 photographs)
Abstract: This collection consists of seven black and white platinum prints taken by Edward Russell Cogswell, Jr., on September 18, 1897, from the top of the chimney of the old power house at the intersection of Boylston Street (now John F. Kennedy Street) and Memorial Drive in Cambridge, Mass. The photographs are aerial views of Harvard Square, Cambridge, Allston and the Charles River.
Edward Russell Cogswell Jr. (1874-1958), landscape architect, was born on November 19, 1874 in Cambridge, Mass. to Edward Russell Cogswell (Harvard College Class of 1864) and Sarah Parks (Proctor) Cogswell. He received his Harvard AB in 1897. His two older brothers, Charles Northend and George Proctor Cogswell, were both members of the Harvard College Class of 1888. After graduation, Cogswell attended the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and studied landscape architecture at the Bussey Institute. Cogswell married Theodora Bates (Radcliff A.B. in 1902, A.M. 1903) in 1906; their only child, Dorothea Barton, was born in 1908.In 1908, after working in the offices of various leading landscape architects, including that of the Olmsted Brothers, Cogswell started practicing landscape architecture independently. In 1917, after moving to Brookline, Mass., his ill health forced Cogswell to retire from all professional work. After his retirement, Cogswell occasionally wrote articles for magazines, such as Horticulture and House and Garden. He was a member of the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and was clerk of the parish of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Newton Highlands from 1908 to 1917. Cogswell died on October 29, 1958.
This collection consists of seven platinum prints taken on September 18, 1897, by Edward R. Cogswell, Jr., a student in the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Taken from the top of the chimney of the old power house at the intersection of Boylston Street (now John F. Kennedy Street) and Memorial Drive in Cambridge, Mass., the photographs provide aerial views of Harvard Square, Cambridge and the Charles River. Laid end to end, left to right, the photographs provide a panoramic view of the area. Several Harvard buildings are clearly visible in the photographs, including Memorial Hall, Gore Hall, and Claverly Hall, among others.
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