One of the things I am learning to do at the archives is to answer “ready reference” questions (stuff that doesn’t require a lot of knowledge of our actual holdings). One question this week which led me to a fun little discovery was a question from a collector of antiquarian photographs. He wondered if we could point him toward any online sites with images of photographs by 19th c. Boston photographer Elmer Chickering. A Google search brought up this interesting New York Times item from 1887:
Back to research on the Oneida community and New England material culture.