William Henry Jackson Photochrom Collection
Scope and Contents
Most of the images are outdoor scenes. All but one of the prints have a publisher’s number and subject description printed at the lower left on the front or the back. The publisher's numbers , and these numbers are used to organize the collection.
Many are printed with “Detroit Photographic Co.” on the front lower right, some are printed “Copyright (date) by Detroit Photographic Co.” on front lower right, and a few say “Copyright, (date), by the Photochrom Co.” in that position.
Bracketed dates in the inventory below reflect dates recorded on a listing supplied by the donor, but not printed on the actual item.
The listing provided by the donor identifies several of the images as being included in the following publication: Hughes, Jim, and William Henry Jackson. 1994. The Birth of a Century: Early Color Photographs of America. London: Tauris Parke Books (Decker Library location: TR140 .J33 B37 1994)
- ca. 1895-1908 and n.d.
Conditions Governing Access
Biographical / Historical
In the 1890s, Jackson joined the Detroit Publishing Co. and provided them with his stock of ~10,000 negatives, which became the bulk of the company’s inventory. From the negatives, the company produced for images for sale, ranging from postcards to mammoth-plate panoramas. The images form an extensive documentary archive of the United States and nearby geographical areas.
The collection here utilizes the Photochrom process, where colorized images are produced from black-and-white photographic negatives via the direct photographic transfer of a negative onto lithographic printing plates. The process is a photographic variant of chromolithography, a broader term that refers to color lithography in general.
187 items (1 Box with 17 folders Folders 1-3: Items # 1 - 0050. 31 items @ 4.5 x 6.5 inches. All monochromatic. Folders 4-14: Items # 51001 - 51426. 121 items @ 3.5 x 7 inches, unless noted 4.5 x 6.5 inches. All color. Folders 15-17: Items #  - 53242. 35 items @ 7 x 9 inches. All color.)
Language of Materials
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- William Henry Jackson Photochrom Collection
- In Progress
- Katherine Cowan
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Script of description
- Code for undetermined script