The collection of group photographs at the American Antiquarian Society is a work in progress. These images have long been clustered together in boxes at the end of the portrait photograph collection, but were completely unprocessed. Recently the images were sorted by size (cabinet, standard, and folio) and were arranged by very rough groupings, as listed on the related box list. Categories were developed and assigned based on the holdings in the collection, so we now have the military groups, the clubs, the schools, and the public officials all boxed together. Group photographs that were known to depict Worcester residents are noted separately for each category. Unknown groups also exist within the collection and there are hopes that further research may help to identify the people depicted in these images.
There are still additions being made to this collection as the photography collections are further processed. The box listing for the Group Photographs Collection will continue to change as mylar pockets are ordered and the photographs are sorted further by size and by type.
Lauren B. Hewes, Andrew W. Mellon Curator of Graphic Arts
The Sutherland sisters with their brother Charles, c. 1875. Albumen photograph, cabinet-sized, no photographer given. The seven Sutherland sisters included Sarah, Victoria, Isabella, Grace, Naomi, Dora and Mary. Starting in upstate New York where their father owned a farm, the girls became famous for their long hair and singing ability.
Arthur A. Waite with his family, Ellen, Arthur Jr. and Henry, c. 1875. Albumen photograph, cabinet-sized. H.J. Reed photographer, Worcester. Arthur Waite began his career as a mesmerist and medium, converted to Christianity around 1870 and spent the remainder of his career as an itinerant preacher.
Other collections containing portraits include:
- American Portrait Prints
- Photographs of Native Americans
- Portraits and Artifacts (includes Painted Portraits, Miniatures and Sculpted Portrait Busts)
- Worcester Portrait Photographs Collection
- Worcester Portrait Prints Collection