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Bain News Service Photograph Collection
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Bain News Service photograph collection
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Collection: Guide Records
Bain News Service photograph collection
Title: Bain News Service photograph collection
Other Title: George Grantham Bain News Service photograph collection
Bain collection
Creator(s): Bain, George Grantham, 1865-1944, photographer
Related Names:
Bain News Service.
Date Created/Published: 1860-1937, bulk 1910-1920.
Medium: ca. 40,000 negatives : glass ; 4 x 5 in. and 5 x 7 in.
ca. 710 negatives : glass ; 8 x 10 in.
64 negatives : nitrate film ; 2 1/1 x 3 1/2 in. and 4 x 6 in.
Summary: The photographs document local, national, and international news events with
a special emphasis on people and events in New York City. The range of subjects includes:
celebrities, parades, sports events, immigration, political events, aviation, World War I, and
the Mexican Revolution. Most images date from the 1900s to the mid-1920s, but scattered
images can be found as early as the 1860s and as late as the 1930s. The collection also
includes extensive card indexes with the categories: American personalities, Foreign
personalities, Artists, New York City, Sports, and General.
Reproduction Number: ---
Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.
Access Advisory: For unprocessed portion of the collection: Please allow fourteen days
advance notice to view materials. To make a request, see "Access to Unprocessed
Materials,"(http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/info/022_unpr.html)
Call Number: Guide Record [P&P]
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540
USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Notes:
Arrangement: Negatives are organized into three filing series: LC-B2 (for 4x5 and 5x7 glass
negatives) LC-B21 (for nitrate negatives) and series LC-B22 (for 8x10 glass negatives).
Within each filing series negatives are arranged in original negative number order which, for
the most part, is chronological. Prints associated with the collection have been processed
under the call number prefixes BIOG FILE (surnames A-G), SSF, and LOT. Each LOT and
negative is separately cataloged. The unprocessed material includes numerous prints in PR
06 CN 126 (Portraits for surnames H-Z), PR 06 CN 131, and PR 06 CN 133.
Most negatives are captioned.
Collection title devised by Library staff.
Washingtoniana : photographs : collections in the Prints and Photographs Division of the
Library of Congress / Kathleen Collins. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1989, pp. 7-
8.
Special Collections in the Library of Congress / compiled by Annette Melville. Washington,
D.C. : Library of Congress, 1980, no. 22.
Little, Emma H. "The Father of news photography, George Grantham Bain." Picturescope 20
(Autumn 1972): 125-32.
Guide to the Special Collections of Prints and Photographs in the Library of Congress /
compiled by Paul Vanderbilt. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress Reference Department,
1955.
Digitized images of selected items from the collection, along with corresponding identifying
information, are available through the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.
Purchase; J. D. Culver; 1948.
George Grantham Bain founded the first news photography service in 1898 in New York
City. The Bain News Service accumulated photographs of world-wide coverage which were
distributed to various newspapers. The Bain News Service was enhanced by receiving local
pictures from its newspaper subscribors as part of their reimbursement.
A set of catalog records describing each item is available through the Open Archives
Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting. See http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.gdc/lcoa1.about
Subjects:
City & town life--New York (State)--New York--1860-1940.
Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Reading Room Prints & Photographs Online Catalog Record
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