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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.


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Series 3: Oversize Glass Plates and PrintsAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographic print of crowd scene in front of Litchfield Paint and Color, Real Estate Office, the Hearld newspaper, downtown LitchfieldAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographic print of two unidentified athletesAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Photographic print of unidentified groupAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Glass plate of unidentified groupAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Glass plate of crowd scene in front of Litchfield Paint and Color, Real Estate Office, the Hearld newspaper, downtown LitchfieldAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Glass plate of two unidentified athletesAdd to your cart.
Item 7: Glass plate of unidentified groupAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Glass plate of unidentified groupAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Glass Plate of the Litchfield Fire DepartmentAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Glass Plate of the Downtown Street ViewAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Glass Plates of Unidentified Portraits of NatureAdd to your cart.
Item 4: Glass Plates of Portraits of Unidentified Women and Tree-lined StreetAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Glass Plates of a Portrait of Unidentified Woman, an Unidentified Street, and Boats on a RiverAdd to your cart.

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