Robert B. Fisher photograph collection and papers
Scope and Contents
Photographs in the collection include cased photographs, stereographs, glass transparencies, and lantern slides. The collection includes a particularly rich variety of stereograph formats, including daguerreotype stereographs, ambrotype stereographs, tintype stereographs, glass stereographs, salted paper print stereographs, tissue stereographs, and card stereographs. The collection also provides visual documentation of the Niagara Falls region and the Great Britain during the middle of the nineteenth century. Photographers and stereograph publishers with significant quantities of photographic material in the collection include Edward Anthony, Platt Delascus Babbitt, Bierstadt Brothers, Keystone View Company, Langenheim Brothers, London Stereoscopic Company, New York Stereoscopic Company, and Underwood & Underwood.
Printed material in the collection includes illustrated articles, tear sheets, and prints with illustrations primarily published during the nineteenth century that Fisher compiled principally as resources for identifying photographic images.
Papers in the collection relate mainly to Fisher's photographic collection and the history of photography, as well as drafts of his articles in the Journal of the West and Daguerreian Annual.
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Restricted Fragile Materials in Box 34 (computer disks): Restricted fragile material. Reference copies of electronic files may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
26 Linear Feet ((39 boxes) + 1 broadside folder)
Robert B. Fisher (1919-2004)
Information included in the Description of Papers note and Collection Contents section is drawn from information supplied with the collection and from an initial survey of the contents. Folder titles appearing in the contents list below are often based on those provided by the creator or previous custodian. Titles have not been verified against the contents of the folders in all cases. Otherwise, folder titles are supplied by staff during initial processing.
Former call number: Uncat MSS 518
- Ambrotypes (photographs)
- Anthony, Edward
- Babbitt, Platt D., -1879
- Bierstadt Brothers
- Black-and-white transparencies
- Cased photographs
- Daguerreian Annual
- Daguerreotypes (photographs)
- Fisher, Robert B., 1919-2004
- Great Britain -- Pictorial works
- Journal of the West
- Keystone View Company
- Langenheim Brothers
- Lantern slides
- London Stereoscopic Company
- New York (State) -- Pictorial works
- New York Stereoscopic Company
- Niagara Falls (N.Y. and Ont.) -- Pictorial works
- Ontario -- Pictorial works
- Palmquist, Peter E. -- Ownership
- Photographic industry
- Photographic prints
- Photography -- History
- Photography, Stereoscopic
- Salted paper prints
- Tintypes (prints)
- Tissue stereographs
- Underwood & Underwood
- Guide to the Robert B. Fisher Photograph Collection and Papers WA MSS S-2823
- by Matthew Daniel Mason
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
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