Developing out paper and gelatin silver photographs, 1900-1941 and undated

Scope and content:

Series includes 745 black-and-white photographs, dated 1900-1941 (most dates were assigned rather than provided), and ranging in size from 2.25 x 3.25 in. to 9.75 x 7.75 in., with the majority 4.75 x 6.75 in. There are also 7 negatives and one slide present. Staff sorted the images according to location, except for the presentation photographs, where the original order of the photographs was maintained. Images feature Lucy's residences, both in the American legation quarters and her "Temple house;" locations in and around Beijing; as well as other locations in China, Japan, Cambodia, and the Philippines. A subset of 15 photographs contains images captured during the Peking riots of 1912. There is also a folder of images of the Calhoun's that were taken in the United States.

Lucy Calhoun signed the backs of many of her photographs, but not all, and she often trimmed her photographs to 6.5x 4.5 in. and added a border in black. Eighty-seven of Calhoun's photographs were placed on mounts, and were stored in two Chinese boxes for presentation. Other than by the presence of Calhoun's markings, however, identifying the photographer for an individual photograph is difficult. Some photographs have been folded in half, a few have been hand-colored, and several have letters written on the back.


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