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[Detail] U.S.S. Alert. Photographer - W H Jackson, 1901 or 1902


Collection Overview

The 25,000 commercial photographs in Touring Turn-of-the-Century America, 1880-1920, served as the basis for picture postcards of the time. Prominent subjects include buildings and views in towns and cities, colleges and universities, battleships and yachts, resorts, natural landmarks, and industry.

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Historical Eras

These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection although they may not be all-encompassing.

  • Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
  • Emergence of Modern America, 1890-1930

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Search Tips

Specific guidance for searching this collection

Searching by place or topic will be more successful than searching by date. Often, this collection's photographs are undated or include approximate dates.

Searches will yield more hits for locations east of the Mississippi River. This collection contains fewer photographs of sites in the western United States.

For help with place searches, go to the List of Locations represented in the collection.

For more help with search words, go to Touring Turn-of-the-Century America Subject Index.

For help with general search strategies, see Finding Items in American Memory.