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Guide to Major Picture Collections

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The Buffalo History Museum has been collecting visual material of all kinds since we were founded in 1862.  We have an estimated 200,000 images sorted into about 100 specialized collections.  Nearly all of our image collections focus on the people, places, things, and events of the Buffalo/Niagara area.  This guide describes our major image collections.  

Call Number

Name of Collection

Size

Inven-

tory?

Description

Date range

Loca-

tion

None

General Subject Collection

74 file cabinet drawers, incl. 6 oversize drawers

Folder list

Listed first because it is our largest, most comprehensive, and best organized collection.  Has an estimated 100,000 photographs of Buffalo-area people, places, buildings, things, and events.  Most are black & white and 8x10” or smaller.

Bulk 1870-

1980

Cabinets next to librarians desk.

Picture

.A39    

Agway Inc.

1 regular box

Yes

Mill and warehouse operations of Agway Inc. in Buffalo. Includes docks, barges, waterways, buildings and elevators, men operating machines, workers on strike, and a section labeled Miscellaneous.

1928-1966,bulk 1930s-

1950s.

North wall

Picture

.A94

Augspurger Family 

1 regular box

Yes

Family members, maps of Niagara Falls and Buffalo, views of Chautauqua Lake region, floor plans of BHM, and unidentified persons.

1890-1965; bulk 1930s- 1960s.

North wall

Picture

.B37

Bartlett, G.F.H.

15 regular boxes;  2 loose oversize folders

Yes

A large collection of negatives and a few prints. Includes family members from 1850-1928, family home at 1038 Delaware, offices of Erie County Bank building, Pan-American Expo.

1850- 1950s; bulk 1890s- 1920s

North wall

Picture

.B44

Beebe, M.E. & Son, Architects

1 narrow box

Yes.

Copy in box.

Reproductions from 1895 book,  The Architectural Portfolio of Some of the Buildings, Erected by M.E. Beebe & Son... 

 Oversize NA737. B43 B43 1895

1873-1895

North wall

Picture

.B63

Bob, Hauser 

19 regular boxes

Yes, see Hauser Bob Inventory

A collection of photographs from a photographer’s studio on various subjects from around the Buffalo area.  Photo sizes are mainly 8 x 10 and are filed by subject matter.

1913- 1946; bulk 1930s- 1950s.

North wall

Picture

.B69

Boyce, Harlow H.  

3 regular boxes

Yes.

Copy in box

Bound albums of photos of lake and waterfront scenes, public buildings, homes with interior and exterior views and scenes of the Niagara River and Niagara Falls.

1885-1890

North wall

Picture

.B75

Brick Family

1 regular box  + 1 narrow Hollinger box

Yes.

Copy in box.

Views of costumes worn by children, infants and adults in the early 1900s. Small albums of unidentified family members and house interiors.

ca. 1900-1910

North wall

Picture

.B84

BECHS/TBHM Photos

33 regular Hollinger boxes + (1) oversize box of Pan-Am Bldg.

Yes

Buffalo History Museum buildings, collections, events, activities, exhibits, and persons.

See also:

Re: Collections, Picture .R43

ca. 1902-2001

North wall

Picture

.B85

Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers

4 regular boxes +2 oversize

Yes.

Copy in box.

Photographs, negatives, and slides, mainly of activities but also of buildings.  

ca. 1895-1985

North wall

Picture

.B86

Buffalo: Lake City in Niagara Land 

2 regular boxes

No, in order by page

Photographs and negatives used in the 1981 book, Buffalo: Lake City in Niagara Land: An Illustrated History Oversize F129 .B857 B76

North wall

Picture

.B87

Buffalo Public School #22

1 regular box +  2 oversize wrapped packages of loose photos

Yes

Mainly graduation and class group photographs.  One photo of building exterior.

1904-1980

North wall

Picture

.B88

Buffalo Savings Bank/

Goldome 

4 bound volumes

No

Photographs of trustees, CEOs and presidents of the bank.

1846-1986

North wall

Picture

.B89

Buffalo’s Waterfront

1 narrow Hollinger box

Yes

Photocopies of images used in the 1997 book,  Images of America: Buffalo’s Waterfront 

F129.B857 L43 1997

AND their 1998 book,

Buffalo’s Pan-American Exposition Ref. T485 .B1 L43 1998

North wall

Picture

.C37

Cary, George

1 narrow Hollinger box

Yes

Photographs of selected buildings designed by Buffalo architect George Cary (1859-1945); also photographs of Cary’s home and office. Most are undated, some are unidentified.

ca. 1891-

1930s

North wall

Picture

.C45

Children’s Aid Society 

1 box

Yes

Unidentified children, possibly orphans.  Depictions of medical treatment may be restricted.

1900-

1940s

North wall

Picture

.C54

Cleveland, Grover 

2 boxes

Yes.

Copy in box.

Includes Cleveland as a young man, mayor of Buffalo, President, campaign posters, his wife Frances Folsom Cleveland and her parents, the White House,  law offices, etc.  

1864-1906

North wall

Picture

.C67

Costume 

2 boxes

Yes

Prints of men, women and children dressed in clothing from the periods of 1800s through 1966.  Helpful for exhibits.

1800s-

1966

North wall

Picture

.C68

Costume - Whidding

1 box

No

Magazine illustrations of women’s fashions.

1890-1911

North wall

Picture

.C69

Cowper Con- struction Co.

1 box

Yes

Black & white photographs of construction projects in Niagara Falls and elsewhere.  No Buffalo scenes.

1915-1935

North wall

Picture

.D45

Dellwood Grain Elevator 

1 box

No

Photograph album showing construction process.  

1922

North wall

Picture

.D54

Diehl, Thomas J. Negatives 

1 box

Yes

Negatives of paintings, engravings & lithographs of Buffalo & Niagara Falls.

1850s- 1870s

Offsite at Resource Center, aisle 10

Picture

.E53

Encased Photographs 

AKA

Daguerreotypes & Ambrotypes

12 boxes

Yes-

Several hundred daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes housed in pocket-sized, hinged cases.  Most of the individuals, photographers, and dates are unknown. A Scholar Pass is required to access this collection.

Mid 19th

century

Offsite at Resource Center, aisle 9, plus sample on North Wall after Z

Mss.

B86-5

Erie County Penitentiary Prisoner Identifi-

cation Cards

11 boxes

Yes

Mug shots of 1,025 men and women who served time at the Erie County Penitentiary. A Scholar Pass is required to access this collection.

1896-1914

Mss. Room

Picture

.E75

Erie County’s Architec-

tural Legacy

1 box

Yes

Contains the photos & prints used in 1983 book,  Erie County’s Architectural Legacy.

NA 730 .N42 E8 1983

1983

North wall

Picture

.E84

Esenwein & Johnson

1 box

Yes

Photos, illustrations and postcards of persons, buildings, and residences.

ca. 1899- 1915

North wall

Picture

.F 55

Fillmore, Millard

1 box

Yes.

Copy in box

Prints of the life of Millard Fillmore and his wives, Abigail Powers Fillmore, the first Mrs. Fillmore, and Caroline Carmichael McIntosh, the second Mrs. Fillmore, the children of Abigail and Millard, and other family members.

bulk 1850s- 1880s

North wall

Picture

.F58

Fitzgerald Aerial Views 

1 box

No

A few dozen aerial photographs of the waterfront, Buffalo River, downtown, Kensington Expressway route and more.

1940s- 1950s

North wall

Picture

.F582

Fitzgerald Negatives 

4 boxes

Yes

Negatives of scenes, places, fairgrounds, and many other views of Buffalo and Erie County

1940s- 1950s

Stored offsite at Resource Center, Aisle 10

Picture

.F59

Fleischman Family 

1 box

Yes

Photographs of family members and vacation spots

ca. 1910- 1925

North wall

Picture

.F76

Fronczak, Dr. Francis

1 box

Yes

Fronczak family members, friends, and maps.

1880s- 1940s

North wall

Picture

.G47

German Society Portraits

1 box

No

Photographs of unidentified members of a German society, possibly the Liedertafel.  Includes men and women.

1883-1885

North wall

Picture

.G65

Goldome – Roy Nagle  AKA Nagle Collection

65 boxes;

5 oversize boxes; 1 flat box; 1 oversize wrapped album

Yes.  Shelf list at item level and a subject list

Large collection of prints from a Buffalo collector.  Includes views of many Buffalo buildings, streets, persons, and factories.

Album contains photos of Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company, 1913-1918, interiors and exteriors.

19th and 20th c.

All on North wall, including oversize

Picture

.H34

Hahn, Albert

1 box

No

Prints of soldiers who fought in the Spanish-American War, scenes of the area and around Fort Sill, OK and hospitals.  Rolled prints of groups of men or veterans.  Persons unidentified.  

1898

North wall

Picture

.H37

Harbors and Waterways 

25 regular boxes, + (1) narrow box with 4 albums,  + (1) oversize folder with box #1  

Yes

Divided into 3 sub-groups:

1) Erie Canal: canal construction, people, celebrations and bridges.

2) Buffalo Harbor: breakwall construction and harbor dredging,  1898-1903.

3) Black Rock Harbor project, 1908-1912.

The (3) wrapped albums are labeled Breakwall Construction.

1817 –1960s

bulk:

1890- 1915

North wall

Hare

Hare Studio 

30 file cabinet drawers

Cataloged in FRANK & WorldCat

About 10,000 negatives & prints from the Hare Photography Studio, mostly of businesses and street scenes.  Nearly all are listed in FRANK, the Library’s online catalog.

ca. 1940-1980

Locked annex

Picture

.H46

Henrich Lumber 

2 regular boxes

Yes

Collection of 8 x 10 prints of lumber yards, residences and types of wood used on different buildings from the Henrich Lumber Company

ca. 1900-1950

North wall

Picture

.H57

Historic Homes

(1) regular  box

No.  Partial list in box (first half msg.)

Mostly the Wilkeson Mansion on Niagara Square, demolished ca. 1915

ca. 1910-1915

North wall

Picture

.H84

Huestis Photographs & Slides

(1) regular box

Yes.

27 WNY automobile and truck companies, including E.R.Thomas and Pierce-Arrow.

1899-

1950s

North wall

Picture

.H86

Hunt-

Wilkeson 

(1) small box + 2 regular boxes

Copies in boxes 2 & 3

Daguerreotypes, tintypes, and prints of family members.

ca. 1848-1940

North wall

Picture

.I58

Interna-

tional Railway Co.

14 regular boxes

Yes

Prints of IRC buildings, buses, trolleys, streets, and horse drawn vehicles.  Arranged by subject.

ca. 1919-

1960s

North wall

Picture

.J33

Jacobsen, A. Wilmot Slides 

2 regular boxes

Yes.

Copy in box.

Collection contains color slides and notes which Dr. Jacobsen used when giving slide presentations on the history of Erie County and other subjects.

ca. 1968-1989

North wall

Picture

.J64

Johnston Family 

(1) oversize box

No

Prints of family members and friends; prints are various sizes and some are unidentified.

ca. 1910-

1960s

North wall

Picture

.J66

Jones Iron Works

(1) oversize box

Yes.

Copy in box.

The Milton G. Wolfe Collection of Jones Iron Works contains photographs of sites where the wrought and cast iron produced by the company was used.

Late 19th, early 20th century

North wall

Picture

.J67

Jopling, F.W. Etchings

(1) narrow box

Yes

Mostly forts and sites on the Niagara River, including War of 1812 sites.

1916 -1925

North wall

Picture

.K55

Killkare Family

(1) regular box + (1) oversize box

Yes

Family photos of adults and children.  None are identified.

ca. 1900

North wall

Picture

.K59

        

Kleinhans Company & Sattler’s Aerial Views

(1) oversize box

Kleinhans: No. Sattler’s: Yes. 

Copy in box.

Two separate collections in one box.

1) Kleinhans Company: photos of exterior, interior and employee groups. 2) Sattler’s Aerial Views: aerial photos of Buffalo area and Niagara Falls marketed to customers

Kleinhans: 1893-

1950s.

Sattler’s Aerial Views: ca. 1947

North wall

Picture

.L36

Lantern Slides 

(1) small box

Yes

Nine lantern slides, various scenes

North wall

Picture

.L37

Larkin Company 

5 regular boxes +  

1  oversize box + (1) small box of  6 filmstrips

Yes

A collection of photographs and fragile scrapbooks of the Larkin building and company in downtown Buffalo.
Box #6 contains filmstrips.  These are not motion pictu
res but a short series of black & white stills, much like a Powerpoint presentation.

Late 19th , early 20th C.

North wall;  (1) oversize box on cabinet, opposite.

Picture

.L52

Liaros Lantern Slides

(1) regular box

Yes.

Copy in box.

Includes Seneca-Salamanca Community, the Indian Community in the Buffalo area, and some African- Americans.

Possibly late 19th C.

North wall

Picture

.L53

Library Prints 

(1) regular box

No

Various engravings and  illustrations of Buffalo scenes clipped from books, alphabetical by subject.

North wall

Picture

Oversize

.L69

Lowe, Jet

Grain Elevators

(1) flat  oversize

box

Yes

Photos of Bethlehem Steel, Republic Steel, grain elevators, and U.S. Air  taken by Jet Lowe for the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER).

ca. 1980s

Shelved on top of Picture File cabinets, “Places”

Picture

.L87;

Lupfer 

(1) narrow box

Yes.

Copy in box

Photographs of the Peace Bridge and Rainbow Bridge under construction by the Buffalo Fort Erie Public Bridge Company

1924-1921, 1940-1959

North wall

Picture

.M35

McKinley, William

5 boxes, +

2 oversize folders

Yes

Views of President William McKinley’s life, visit to Pan American Expo, and death/funeral.  Includes Theodore Roosevelt and Leon Czolgosz.

1896-1901

North wall

Mss.

C2011-02

Medical Society of Erie County Portrait Albums

3 volumes

Yes

100 full-page portraits of medical doctors taken by James Morrall. A nearly complete typescript index of names accompanies each volume. A Scholar Pass is required to access this collection.

1921

Mss. Room

Picture
.M48

Metcalfe House,

125 North Street

(1) regular box

No

8x10 prints of the interior and exterior of the Metcalfe house prior to demolition in 1980; also five sheets of color slides

ca. 1980

North wall

Picture

.M55

Military-

Mounted Unit

(1) regular box

No

Single, staged, sepia photographs of men mounted on a wooden horse. Individuals are identified by last name and first initial. Possibly a German-American organization or a Mounted Police Unit.

Possibly late 19th to early 20th c.

North wall

Picture

.M56

Military Uniforms in America

3 oversize boxes

Yes

Military uniforms dating from 1811-1995, filed in chronological order.  Subscription.

1811-

North wall

Picture

.N53

Niagara Blower Negatives

(1) regular box

Yes

Negatives of company’s interior and products.

20th c.

Shelved offsite, Resource Center, Aisle 10

Picture

.N54

Niagara Falls 

13 boxes, +

(1) oversize folder

Yes

Spans three centuries of images of the iconic natural landmark. Includes American & Canadian Falls, Niagara River, bridges, people, tourist attractions, business and more.

bulk 1850-1950

North wall; oversize folder is shelved on top of boxes

Picture

.N54

Niagara Falls Hydroelec-

tric Plant 

1 slim box

No

One album of photos from the construction of the plant

1924

North wall;

Picture

.O43

Old Buffalo

(1) small box

No

Glass negatives, some used in 1911 book, Palmer’s Views of Buffalo Past and Present 

F129 .B8 P34 1911

and in 1912 book,

Picture Book of Early Buffalo

Ref. F116 .B83 P86 v.16

1911

Stored offsite at Resource Center, Aisle 10

Picture

.P36

Pan-

American Exposition 

11 boxes +  (1) flat oversize box

Yes

Nearly all are exterior views of Exposition buildings and grounds; few interior scenes.  Most are black & white.

1899-1901

North wall; oversize box is on cabinet, opposite.

Picture

.P37

Pan-

American Exposition Con-

struction 

14 boxes, +

(1) oversize folder

Yes

Construction scenes mounted on both sides of warped cardboard.  Oversize folder contains 23 panoramic views.

1899-1901

North wall

Picture

.P38

Pan-

American Exposition - Cosgrove 

(1) narrow box

Yes.

Copy in box

Reproductions made from glass plate negatives and glass slides loaned by Thomas Cosgrove, August 2000.

1901

North wall

Picture

.P39

Pan-

American Exposition - Gerity Glass Negatives 

(1) small box

No

9 glass negatives transferred from Chemung Historical Society, 1987

1901

Offsite at Resource Center, aisle 10

Picture

.P40

Pan-

American Exposition

-Photograph Albums

6 wrapped packages

No

William Bertling 77-2;

Charles Perry Coleman 90-261; August F. Fey 81-31;

Guthrie Gray 94-217;

Anonymous 80-43.1;

Anonymous 2000-91

1901

North

wall

Picture

.P56

Plowden, David

(1) oversize box

Yes

Photographs of Buffalo waterfront occupations and places other than Buffalo

ca. 1970s- 1980s

North wall

Picture

.P67

Porterfield

47 boxes plus (1) oversize box 

Yes, on Google spreadsheet

Over 7,500 black & white photographs of Western NY by Courier-Express photographer Wilbur H. Porterfield (1873-1958), filed by subject, including rural landscapes, cityscapes, churches, trees, farms, and persons.  This collection is also on microfilm.

ca. 1920s- 1940s

North wall

Picture

.P678

Postcards 

8 postcard boxes + (1) oversize box

Yes

Focuses on Buffalo-area scenes and buildings.  Arranged by subject matter.  Selected cards are online at NYHeritage.org.

ca. 1900 to present

Behind library director’s desk

Picture

.R43

Re: Collections

(1) narrow box

No.

Publication in box

Photos of TBHM artifacts & manuscripts, many used in 1986 book,  Re-- Collections: Artifacts and Manuscripts at the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society, 

F127.N6 B84 1986

1986

North wall

Picture

.R64

Rogovin, Milton 

(1) oversize Hollinger box

Yes.

Copy in box.

Photos of Yemeni community of Lackawanna (1974-1978), Musicians Union, Lower West Side and October Graphics.  Reproduction or publication requires permission from the Rogovin estate.

1970s

North

wall

Picture

.R65

Rolled Photographs

(1) regular  box

No

North wall

Picture

Oversize

.R66

Rombough, James B. Aerial Photographs

(1)  large flat box

Yes

Photos are in color.

1980s- 1990s

North wall

Picture

..R69

Rowing Clubs

2 boxes

No

Photos of clubs and individual oarsmen from Buffalo, New York City, and Canada

bulk 1900- 1910

North wall

Sattler’s Aerial Views see Kleinhans Company


Picture

.S43

Second Looks Photographs & Negatives

3 boxes

(1 binder of negatives is in Box #3)

No

Photos and negatives from 1987 book, Second Looks: A Pictorial History of Buffalo & Erie County,

Oversize F129 .F843 E24 1987

1987

North wall

Picture

.S53

Sidway Family

(1) regular box

Yes.

Copy in box.

Photos of family and properties, persons, the canal, ice gorge, Spaulding building, and Sidway block.

Late 19th c, early 20th c.

North wall

Picture

.S55

Sikes Furniture Co.: New Concepts in Wood

(1) regular box

Outdated Inventory

Drawings (blueprints) of items made by the company

ca. 1950s

North wall

Picture

.S56

Slide Collection

(1) regular box

Yes

Slides of different views of the area.

1980s?

North wall

Picture

.S67

Sprague Family

2 regular boxes

No

Prints of the Sprague family in albums and folders. Other families represented are Noyes, Prentiss, and Ward.

Late 19th c, early 20th c.

North wall

Picture

.S74

Stereoviews 

11 regular boxes

Yes

Stereographs mainly of Buffalo and Niagara Falls scenes.  Bulk are in A-Z order by name of publisher or photographer; others are arranged by subject.

Late 19th c.

North wall

Picture

.S78

Studio Collection

3 regular boxes + (1) oversize box

Yes

Portraits of unidentified men, women and children taken by local photography studios.  In A-Z order by name of studio or photographer.

ca. 1910-

1930s

North wall

Picture

.S93

Swan, Ben

(1) oversize box

In box only

A collection of glass negatives, including Abraham Lincoln.

19th c.

Stored offsite at Resource Center, aisle 10

Picture

.T35

Talbert, Mary B. 

(1) regular box

Yes.

Copy in box

Portraits of Mary B. Talbert and others,including several unidentified African-American individuals.

Late 19th, early 20th c.

North wall

Picture

.T45

        

Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site 

(1)  regular box

Yes.

Copy in box

Collection contains plans, photographs of the exterior and interior and events and activities from 1938-1979.

1900-1979

North wall

Picture

.T44

Theurer, Donald W.  Architec-

ture Slides

(1) regular box

Yes.

Copy in box

Color slides of buildings showing Buffalo and Erie County architecture and the grain elevators.

ca. 1979-1980

North wall

Picture

.T73

Trade Cards 

2-drawer metal cabinet

Yes

Illustrated color lithographic cards promoting Buffalo manufacturers, businesses & services

ca. 1860- 1920

West wall in grey metal drawers

Picture

.W33

Wade, John J. Glass Slides

2 wooden boxes, + (1) small box

No

Glass slides of interiors, exteriors, sculpture, construction, and blueprints of Buffalo City Hall, designed by architect John J. Wade.  Wooden boxes are out for conservation as of Sept. 2014.

1929-1932

North wall

Picture

.W38

Waverly Ball

(1) regular box

Yes

Photographs of individuals and groups in period costumes.  

Bulk 1888

North wall

Picture

.W45

Weinheimer, Frank L. Lake Marine 

(1) regular box

No

38 photographs of unidentified ships and sailors on the Great Lakes. Includes photocopy of Weinheimer’s Master of Steam and Motor Vessels license, 1937.

ca. 1930s

North wall

Picture

.W47

Westphal 

(1) narrow box, + (1) oversize

 folder

In box only

16 black and white photographs of individuals and groups of people taken by William Westphal.  Most are unidentified African-Americans and Jews.

late 19th c. to mid-20th c.

North wall

Picture

.W55

J.H. Williams & Company

(1) regular box

Yes.

Copy in box

Prints from the company, including their products. The company manufactured drop forgings and drop forged tools.

1920s-

1940s

North wall

Picture

.Z56

Zimmerman Transpor-

tation

(1) narrow box

Yes

Copy in box

Photographs of horse-drawn and motorized trucks, wagons, and an ambulance made by the A. Zimmerman Co.  

19th c, early 20th c.

North wall

Compiled by Cynthia Hayes, 2012

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