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Litchfield, Illinois photograph collection

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Glass Plate Negatives

Prints and Copy Negatives

Oversize Glass Plates and Prints


Litchfield, Illinois photograph collection, circa 1901-1921 | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

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Collection Overview

Title: Litchfield, Illinois photograph collection, circa 1901-1921Add to your cart.

ID: 2/1/PH 07

Primary Creator: Tennyson Studio

Extent: 2.5 Cubic Feet

Arrangement: This collection is arranged into Three series: 1. Glass Plate Negatives; 2. Prints and Copy Negatives; 3. Oversize Glass Plates and Prints. Within the first two series, the photographs are arranged by subject in this order: athletics, performances, people, automobiles and trains, construction, streetviews, buildings, and interiors.

Date Acquired: 03/18/1973

Subjects: American Radiator Company, Business enterprises - Illinois - Litchfield, Litchfield (Ill.) - History, Litchfield (Ill.) - Social life and customs

Forms of Material: Litchfield (Ill.) - Photographs, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of 8x10 glass plate negatives, photographic prints, and copy film negatives documenting everyday life in Litchfield, Illinois circa 1901-1921.  The collection depicts life in a small midwestern town in the early 20th century.  The scenes photographed include Litchfield High School athletics, theater and musical groups and performances, and various organizations such as the Art League and the Fire Department. Also documented are Litchfield family portraits, automobiles and trains, building construction, and street views of the downtown area. Buildings such as the library, post office, and various houses and churches are also included, as well as interiors of stores and businesses.

Collection Historical Note

The photographs in this collection were taken while the studio was named Tennyson Studio.

Biographical Note

Tennyson Studio in Litchfield, Illinois was established shortly after the civil war by a gallery artist named Bacon. In 1898, Mr. Bacon's associate, Alfred Tennyson, purchased the studio. After Tennyson came John Murray, Herman Hagerdorn, and William Morton. The studio was most recently called Morton Studios, after Morton purchased it in 1955. Before the studio closed in 1984, it was estimated to be one of the oldest in the country in continuous operation.

Throughout its long history, the studio has had three locations in Litchfield. The first location was the second floor of the Sherman building on State Street across from the public library. Next, it combined with their gift shop a few blocks further north on State Street, which now houses the Tri County Beauty Academy. The final location was on the frontage road of Old Route 66 across from the airport.

Subject/Index Terms

American Radiator Company
Business enterprises - Illinois - Litchfield
Litchfield (Ill.) - History
Litchfield (Ill.) - Social life and customs

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Physical Access Note: Use copies have not been made for the glass plate negatives at this time.  Researchers must contact repository in advance for access to these materials.

Acquisition Source: Accession 241, donated by William Morton

Preferred Citation: [Item], Litchfield, Illinois photograph collection, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Processing Information: Original inventory created circa 1973.

Finding Aid Revision History: The 1973 inventory was re-typed in 2003.  The arrangement and description was revised by Melanie Bilbrey in March 2015.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Glass Plate Negatives],
[Series 2: Prints and Copy Negatives],
[Series 3: Oversize Glass Plates and Prints],
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Series 2: Prints and Copy NegativesAdd to your cart.
Includes athletics, performances, people, automobiles and trains, construction, streetviews, buildings, and interiors.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Litchfield High School Football Team, 1920-1921Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Litchfield High School Basketball Team, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Litchfield High School Baseball TeamAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Fight Scene from a Local Theatrical ProductionAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Class 1904 Cast PhotosAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Audience at Opera HouseAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Christian Church OrchestraAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Litchfield BandAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Methodist ChoirAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Art LeagueAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Litchfield Fire DepartmentAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Masonic AnniversaryAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Sunday Dinner at Pop Beveridge New Restaurant, 1910 April 10Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Litchfield Business College, Circa 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 15: American Raditaor BanquetAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: "L.A.R.", Group of People Outside Bergdorff and Co.Add to your cart.
Folder 17: City Council ChambersAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Grand Army of the Republic, Possibly After a 4th of July ParadeAdd to your cart.
Folder 19: People in FactoriesAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Group of People Looking at a Radar MachineAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Mayor EarlAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Wilton WilliamAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Anleo Geo FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 24: Prince William FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Unidentified PortriatsAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: L.E. Meyers's Automobile Party, circa 1910Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Train BurningAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Train StationAdd to your cart.
Folder 29: Litchfield Train WorksAdd to your cart.
Folder 30: Radiator Construction and Cornerstone Laying, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Construction on Sauderson John Cord BuildingAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Construction of US Post OfficeAdd to your cart.
Folder 33: Aerial View of LitchfieldAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Downtown Street ViewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Bank Marks Corner of DowntownAdd to your cart.
Folder 36: State Street ViewAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: Hood Street ViewAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: L.W. ClineAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: Young and LipeAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Williams Dr. HorseAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Litchfield Grocery Company TrucksAdd to your cart.
Folder 42: Horse and Carriage Outside Tennyson's StudioAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Unidentified Factory on WaterAdd to your cart.
Folder 44: US Post OfficeAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Public LibraryAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Litchfield Grocery Company BuildingAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Brown Shoe FactoryAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Holden Memorial HospitalAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Saint Francis HospitalAdd to your cart.
Folder 50: Litchfield High SchoolAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: M.E. ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: Christian ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 53: Unidentified ChurchAdd to your cart.
Folder 54: Unidentified HousesAdd to your cart.
Folder 55: Stansiffe A.R. OfficeAdd to your cart.
Folder 56: Wells Fargo Express OfficeAdd to your cart.
Folder 57: L.W. Cline's StoreAdd to your cart.
Folder 58: Opera House Curtain, 1901Add to your cart.
Folder 59: Unidentified Store InteriorAdd to your cart.
Folder 60: Copy NegativesAdd to your cart.
Folder 61: Copy Negatives, Group AAdd to your cart.
Folder 62: "Big 4", 1903Add to your cart.

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[Series 2: Prints and Copy Negatives],
[Series 3: Oversize Glass Plates and Prints],
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