Philadelphia Record Photograph Morgue

The Philadelphia Record, which was established in 1897 and closed in 1947, was for a time one of the leading newspapers in the United States. The Philadelphia Record photograph morgue is comprised of black and white photographs dating primarily from 1920-1945, though some date from as early as 1900... Full description

Record Source: Archival Materials
Collection Information: Philadelphia Record Photograph Morgue (#V07)
Corporate Author: Philadelphia Record
Format: Manuscript
Language: English
Subjects and Genres: More/Less
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Item Description: Processing Information: Processing made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this finding aid do not necessarily reflect those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The photographs are in generally fair condition. Many have been cut and/or retouched for printing purposes, and some have typed captions affixed to either the side or back using glue. While the collection has been rehoused into archival folders and boxes, only minimal processing has been done on the photographs themselves. Metal fasteners, newspaper clippings, photographic negatives and old photograph sleeves remain.
Physical Description: 390.0 Linear feet 936 boxes
Summary: The Philadelphia Record, which was established in 1897 and closed in 1947, was for a time one of the leading newspapers in the United States. The Philadelphia Record photograph morgue is comprised of black and white photographs dating primarily from 1920-1945, though some date from as early as 1900. The collection is divided into two series: Subject (approximately 20%) and Alphabetical (approximately 80%) with the former covering events and the latter focusing on individuals and families.
This collection consists of tens of thousands of black and white photographs published by the Philadelphia Record newspaper, c. 1900-1947. The photographs were either taken by Record staff photographers or by other agencies and published by permission. Photographs are arranged into two series, Subject and Alphabetical. The Subject series, which comprises about 20% of the collection, is described to the box level and is more general in scope, covering events both domestic and global. A more detailed despciption of the Subject series is available through our online catalog, Discover.hsp.org. The Alphabetical series, which comprises about 80% of the collection, is described to the folder level, with each folder representing an individual or family. The geographic scope of this series is somewhat narrower in that the majority of personages are from the United States. The Subject series includes, but is not limited to: agriculture; architecture & buildings; cities & towns; civil unrest; commerce; disasters, both natural and man made; economics; finance; healthcare; industry; leisure; military; organizations; Philadelphia society; politics; prisons; public works; religion; sport; transportation; schools; war. The Alphabetical series includes, but is not limited to: actors & actresses; architects; athletes; attorneys; authors; businessmen; criminals; entertainers; educators; financiers; models; musicians; philanthropists; politicians; scientists; servicemen; society. Persons range from locals such as Connie Mack and John Wanamaker to national names such as Herbert Hoover and Charles Lindbergh.