Georgia - photography

Georgia - photography

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Georgia - photography
Dates: 1893-1894
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Coll. Number: ms2302

Biographical/Historical Note

Cyanotypes or blueprints, another plain paper process, were introduced in 1842 by Sir John Herschel. They did not become popular, however, until the 1880s, when their low cost and easy processing appealed to amateur photographers. Their ease of processing also allowed professional photographers to use them to proof their negatives in order to decide which they would select for finished prints. Ritzenthaler, M. & Munoff, G. (1984)."Archives & Manuscripts : Administration of Photographic Collections." Chicago: Society of American Archivists.

Augusta is Georgia's second oldest and second largest city and is the seat of Richmond County. Nature helped determine the course of Augusta's history. Situated at the fall line between the Piedmont and the Upper Coastal Plain, the focal point of natural trails, and the head of navigation of the Savannah River, the town was destined to become an important trading center. Abundant waterpower promoted the rise of industry. New Georgia Encyclopedia. ( Retrieved 11/23/2009.

Thomasville, the county seat of Thomas County, is located in southwest Georgia's wiregrass region. The city is forty miles north of Tallahassee, Florida, and fifty-four miles south of Albany. Originally the home of the Apalachee Indians and the Lower Creek Indians, the area was first visited by Europeans when Hernando de Soto's Spanish expedition passed through in 1539-40. After the American Revolution (1775-83) it became a part of Georgia and the United States. New Georgia Encyclopedia. ( Retrieved 11/23/2009.

Founded in 1733 by colonists led by James Edward Oglethorpe, Savannah is the oldest city in Georgia and one of the outstanding examples of eighteenth-century town planning in North America. New Georgia Encyclopedia. ( Retrieved 11/23/2009.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of cyanotypes depicting Augusta; Thomasville; and Savannah, Georgia. Scenes include largely architectural features, although some individuals are pictured as well.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Augusta (Ga.)--Photographs.
Savannah (Ga.)--Photographs.
Thomasville (Ga.)--Photographs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Georgia - photography, 1893-1894. MS 2302 (M). Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Restrictions on Access

Due to the fragile nature of this material, special permission is required.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Photographs, 1893-1894