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Guide to the Lindsey and Brown Photographs, circa 1890

Abstract

Photographers of Asheville, NC.

Photographs (chiefly cabinet cards produced by Lindsey and Brown) of street scenes, landscapes, and tourist attractions in late 19th-century western N.C. Descriptive text is printed on the reverse side of many of the photographs. Most photographs were taken in the vicinity of the Swannanoa, Hot Springs, the French Broad River, Round Knob, Hickory Nut Gap, Buck Forest, Highlands, and Asheville. Contains photographs of the Battery Park Hotel, Chimney Rock, Hooker's Mill, McElroy Tunnel, Devil's Pulpit, Paint Rock, the Seven Sisters, the Swannanoa tunnel stockade, the Murphy Division, Devil's Slip Gap, the Western North Carolina Railroad and U.S. Mail boys. Includes several images of African Americans in western N.C. Collection also includes 4 photographs produced by Brown alone and 3 stereoscopic views produced by Nat W. Taylor.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University
Creator
Lindsey and Brown.
Title
Lindsey and Brown Photographs, circa 1890
Language of Material
English
Extent
2.0 Linear Feet, 53 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Collection contains photographs (chiefly cabinet cards produced by Lindsey and Brown) of street scenes, landscapes, and tourist attractions in late 19th-century western N.C. Descriptive text is printed on the reverse side of many of the photographs. Most photographs were taken in the vicinity of the Swannanoa, Hot Springs, the French Broad River, Round Knob, Hickory Nut Gap, Buck Forest, Highlands, and Asheville. Contains photographs of the Battery Park Hotel, Chimney Rock, Hooker's Mill, McElroy Tunnel, Devil's Pulpit, Paint Rock, the Seven Sisters, the Swannanoa tunnel stockade, the Murphy Division, Devil's Slip Gap, the Western North Carolina Railroad and U.S. Mail boys. Includes several images of African Americans in western N.C. Collection also includes 4 photographs produced by Brown alone and 3 stereoscopic views produced by Nat W. Taylor. The photographs are sorted by class and the photograph number is given, if known.

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Contents of the Collection

114: Battery Park Hotel
Box 1
320: Boating
Box 1
River Scene
Box 1
414a: Mountain Island
Box 1
425: Devil's Pulpit
Box 1
430: Seven Sisters
Box 1
435: French Broad River
Box 1
441: Paint Rock
Box 1
606: Hotel and Fountain at Round Knob
Box 1
615: McElroy Tunnel, length 89 ft.
Box 1
622: Glacial
Box 1
624: The Fountain in Winter
Box 1
633: Viaduct and Fountain
Box 1
552: Hotel
Box 1
560: Peter's Rock
Box 1
563: Triple Cascades
(2 photos)
Box 1
701: Chimney Rock
Box 1
716: Chimney Rock and Hickory Nut Falls
Box 1
812: Upper Cascades
Box 1
815: Hooker's Mill
Box 1
879: U.S. Mail Boys
Box 1
Unidentified photographs
(2 photographs)
Box 1
1003: Uncle Tom's Cabin
Box 1
1004: Old Cabin Home
Box 1
1012: Cheating the Calf
Box 1
1018: White Man's Bar
Box 1
1033: A Sunbath
Box 1
1037: The Tourists
Box 1
1044: Compulsory
Box 1
1045: Stripes but no Stars
Box 1
6 photos (3 originals, 3 duplicates)
Box 2
2 photos (1 original, 1 duplicate)
Box 2
Biltmore House (2 photos)
Box 2

Miscellaneous

(2 folders)
12 photos
Box 2

Historical Note

Thomas H. Lindsey (1849-1927) was born in Virginia and moved to Tennessee by the 1870s, where he did photography work. He and his family moved to Asheville, NC in 1888, where he started the city's leading commercial photography studio. Edward E. Brown (c. 1858-1934), a photographer from Ohio, established himself in Asheville in 1886. By 1890, Lindsey and Brown had formed a partnership. They produced portraits and photographs of Asheville and the surrounding countryside at their South East Court Place studio. Their firm sold albumen print cabinet cards to the public and offered their photography services to railroads, civil engineers, and real estate agents. Lindsey and Brown's partnership dissolved by the mid-1890s, and both operated separate studios in Asheville. Lindsey continued working in photography until his retirement; Brown later became a successful florist.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Lindsey and Brown Photographs, Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Lindsey and Brown Photographs were received by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library as a purchase in 1997.

Processing Information

Processed by RBMSCL Staff, 1997, and Jane Metters, May 2011

Encoded by Jane Metters, May 2011

Accessions included in this finding aid: 1997-0112

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.