Herbert Randall Survey of New Haven and Environs, 1880-1920
Herbert Randall (1850-1926) was born in Massachusetts and lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan before opening a studio in New Haven in 1894. He served as a contributor and later as president of the Connecticut Magazine and sought to promote public awareness of the history of Connecticut. Randall was also an accomplished writer who had many poems published in newspapers and magazines across the country.
This collection consists of approximately 141 black and white photographs of New Haven and the surrounding area from 1880-1920. Most of the photographs are street scenes from the downtown area. The photographs in this collection are derived from 1,210 of Randall's glass plate negatives which he donated to the State Library. There are two different sets of negatives in the survey, one 8 x 10 in., the other 5 x 7 in. In 1977, both sets were printed and the negatives transferred to acid-free envelopes.
Addresses for buildings and businesses were obtained from the Sanborn Insurance Maps of New Haven, 1901, the New Haven City Directory, 1880-1920, and captions from the negative envelopes. Addresses from 1880-1920 may not corroborate with matching addresses today as names of streets in New Haven have changed. This is particularly noticeable in areas that have been used for highway construction and other urban development. From time to time the Connecticut State Library hopes to add to this collection.
Matthew Liggio, an undergraduate History student intern from Central Connecticut State University, completed the scanning and metadata for a portion of this digital collection.
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