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Guide to the Vail Brothers Photograph Albums, ca. 1880-1890

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Collection Summary

Repository: Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries
Creator: Vail Brothers (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.)
Title: Vail Brothers Photograph Albums
Dates: ca. 1880-1890
Quantity: 1.5 cubic ft. (2 boxed volumes)
Abstract: This collection consists of two large photograph albums of images of Poughkeepsie, including Vassar College.
Forms of Materials: Photographs

Administrative History

The Vail Brothers Poughkeepsie photography studio appears to have been in business for at least the last two decades of the 19th century. The brothers were Alonzo H. Vail (1855-1929) and J. Watson Vail (1849-1922).

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two large photograph albums. One includes photographs of Vassar College and appears to be circa 1889. The second album also includes images of Vassar (many of them duplicates from the first album, but with some additions); however, the bulk of the second album consists of images of Poughkeepsie. Of special note are a series of photos of the construction of the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge, ca. 1887-1888.

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Access and Use

Access

This collection is open for research according to the regulations of the Vassar College Archives and Special Collections Library without any additional restrictions.

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Related Material

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Subject Headings

Organizations:

  • Vassar College -- Pictorial works

Places:

  • Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) -- Pictorial works
  • Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) -- Pictorial Works

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Encoding Information

Encoded by Laura Finkel, January 2010.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Vail Brothers Photograph Albums, Archives and Special Collections Library, Vassar College Libraries.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura Finkel, January 2010.

Acquisition Information

Unknown.

Custodial History

The second album was once owned my Mrs. John E. Phillps, Sr.

Other Formats

Some of the Vassar photos have been digitized and are available on the Images of Early Vassar web site.

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Container List

There is no container list currently available for this collection.