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Carl Mautz collection of Peter Britt photographs

 Collection
Call Number: WA Photos 865

Content Description

171 carte-de-visite photographs; 53 cabinet photographs; 61 tintypes, including 1 cased double portrait; 1 cased ambrotype; 20 stereographs; 10 mounted prints; 4 photographic postcards; 5 photographs; and printed material by or relating to photographer Peter Britt, circa 1850s-circa 2000. Collected by Carl Mautz. Photographs are chiefly studio portraits of men, women, and children, including Peter Britt, Amalia Grobb Britt, Amalia Britt, and Emil Britt. Stereographs in the collection depict outdoor spaces including Crater Lake, Mount Shasta, Rogue River; the Britt household; and Jacksonville, Oregon.

Dates

  • circa 1850s-circa 2000
  • Majority of material found within circa 1850s-circa 1880s

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Carl Mautz Collection of Peter Britt Photographs is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

From the collection of Carl Mautz. Purchased from Michael Vinson on the Winlock William Miller, Jr. Memorial Fund and Thomas W. Streeter Fund, 2013.

Arrangement

Organized into five series: I. Cased Photographs and Tintypes, circa 1850s. II. Stereographs, circa 1860s-circa 1870s. III. Cartes de Visite, circa 1870s-circa 1880s. IV. Cabinet Photographs, 1854-1898. V. Other Photographs and Material, circa 1860s-circa 2000.

Extent

1.88 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.cmautzpbritt

Overview

171 carte-de-visite photographs; 53 cabinet photographs; 61 tintypes, including 1 cased double portrait; 1 cased ambrotype; 20 stereographs; 10 mounted prints; 4 photographic postcards; 5 photographs; and printed material by or relating to photographer Peter Britt, circa 1850s-circa 2000. Collected by Carl Mautz. Photographs are chiefly studio portraits of men, women, and children, including Peter Britt, Amalia Grobb Britt, Amalia Britt, and Emil Britt. Stereographs in the collection depict outdoor spaces including Crater Lake, Mount Shasta, Rogue River; the Britt household; and Jacksonville, Oregon.

Peter Britt

Peter Britt (1819-1905) of Obstalden, Switzerland, was a portrait painter and photographer, meteorologist, and horticulturalist. Britt was an early settler in the Rogue Valley of Oregon Territory, building a log cabin in Jacksonville in 1852. He opened P. Britt’s Photograph and Daguerreotype Room, a photography studio, in Jacksonville in 1856. Following his purchase of a stereo camera in the 1860s, Britt became an outdoor and gallery photographer, taking pictures of the Oregon Coast, the North Coast of California, the Siskiyou Mountains, the Rogue River, the Klamath River, the Cascades, and Crater Lake.

Britt married Amalia Grob (1822-1871) in 1861. The couple had three children: Emil Britt (1862-1950), Arnold Britt (1864-1864), and Amalia Britt (1865-1954). Emil Britt became a photographer, working with his father beginning in 1883.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards. For more information, please refer to the Beinecke Manuscript Unit Processing Manual.

Creator

Source

Title
Guide to the Carl Mautz Collection of Peter Britt Photographs
Author
Sarah Lerner
Date
January 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
(203) 432-2977

Location

121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511

Opening Hours

Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.