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Reproducible Prints and Study Prints

Call Number: WA MSS S-2957, Series I

Scope and Contents

The original boxes that housed these prints included inscriptions that generally identified their contents. These inscriptions include:

  1. Box 87: Rural subjects, such as barns, farms, and grain elevators
  2. Box 89: Towns
  3. Box 90: Bridges
  4. Box 92: Maritime subjects, including the Great Lakes, and railroads
  5. Box 93: Reprinted duplicate prints
  6. Box 94: Industrial subjects, including steel manufacturing, and Chicago, Illinois
  7. Box 96: Bridges
  8. Box 97: Image numbers with prefix HDP, probably related to The Freeway in the City (Washignton, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1968)
  9. Box 98: Miscellaneous prints for Yale, including churches and images of the Midwest
  10. Box 100: Railroad stations
  11. Box 101: Vermont barns
  12. Box 102: Ferries Box
  13. Box 103: Boats
  14. Box 104: Bridges
  15. Box 105: Related to Abraham Lincoln
  16. Box 106: Steel industry
  17. Box 107: Industrial landscapes
  18. Box 109: Chicago, Illinois, portraits, neighborhoods, and environmental changes
  19. Box 115: Bridges
  20. Box 116: Bridges


  • 1943-2011


Language of Materials

From the Collection:

In English.

Conditions Governing Access

From the Series:

Mr. Plowden designated his prints as “Exhibition,” “Reproducible,” and “Study.” Exhibition prints may be publically exhibited and, with appropriate permission, reproduced. Reproducible prints, with appropriate permission, may be reproduced. Study prints may be examined but never reproduced. Reproducible and Study prints sometimes represent early prints of images that are also represented by Exhibition prints. In other cases, they may be the only print in the collection from a particular negative.

Mr. Plowden, his heirs and assigns retain all commercial rights in his photographs and writings. By agreement with Mr. Plowden, Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has the limited right to authorize scholars to reproduce up to ten of Mr. Plowden’s images in a scholarly publication.

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