Posts tagged photography collections

Robert H. McNeill (1917-2005)

December 19, 2017, marks the centennial of the birth of photographer Robert H. McNeill. Pictured here in a self-portrait from 1940, McNeill was born in Washington, D.C., in 1917. Known for his crisp photographs of life in Washington, McNeill forged an expansive career. He was lauded for his ability to capture the humanity and vitality of […]

Three Decades of Polaroids Show Vanishing D.C. Architecture

Three Decades of Polaroids Show Vanishing D.C. Architecture

By Mark Segraves | NBC4, January 11, 2017 Read Mark Segraves’ Article

Personal Archiving: Digital Photography Workshops

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. counts many magnificent personal photograph albums among the collections, documenting the up-close-and-personal of D.C. residents as well as tourists through the years. And while print albums come with their own slew of preservation concerns, in some ways they’re easier to deal with than the mountain of digital files that are currently […]

Collection Snapshot: Doctors Hospital

Title: Doctors Hospital Publicity Records, 1940-1979 (MS 0792)     Content:  When was the last time you saw a pharmacy register ring up at 35 cents – or heard baby girls described as a “combination of Eve, Salome, and Florence Nightingale,” – or attended an evening function where cigarettes were literally on the menu? Publicity materials […]

HSW Welcomes Smithsonian Archivist

HSW Welcomes Smithsonian Archivist

On June 16, the HSW Collections Manager gave a behind-the-scenes tour and collections update to Alison L. Oswald, Archivist at the Archives Center of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and her summer interns. Emily Keithley and Elise Fariello, two of the HSW interns working on the Capitol Photo Service Collection (SP 114), also […]

Collection Snapshot: Barrett Photographs, 1950s-1980s

Collection Snapshot: Barrett Photographs, 1950s-1980s

Working Title: Wm. Edmund Barrett Washington Photograph Collection, 1951-1989 Content: The collection is largely comprised of Washington street scenes captured in approximately 4,000 sharp, 4×5” Kodak negatives, nearly all individually identified by location and date. The collection also includes Barrett’s copy work; 35mm negatives and slides; several hundred black and white prints; and selected client […]