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Nathalie Bailey Morris photographs of American Gothic Revival architecture, 1853-1937 (bulk 1933-1934)

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Nathalie Bailey Morris photographs of American Gothic Revival architecture. Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

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Summary Information

At a Glance

Avery ID:Morris View CLIO record
Creator(s):Morris, Alletta Nathalie Lorillard Bailey, 1887-1935.
Title:Nathalie Bailey Morris photographs of American Gothic Revival architecture, 1853-1937 (bulk 1933-1934)
Physical description:1134 images and .25 linear ft. of papers (2 manuscript boxes and 2 binders)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection is available for use by qualified readers by appointment in the Drawings & Archives Reading Room, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please call (212) 854-4110 or email avery-drawings@libraries.columbia.edu  More information »
Types of Materials in the Collection:Black and white photographic prints , black and white and color postcards , holograph papers , typescript papers , and printed papers .

Arrangement

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is organized in four series: Mounted Photographs; Ringbound Photographs; Loose Images; and Papers.

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Description

Scope and Content

The collection includes 1134 images (photographs and postcards, with some duplicates) of approximately 60 buildings, including some earlier photographs, plans, and renderings that Morris copied to add context to her own contemporary photographs. Of properties with identified architects, the great majority were designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, with a few examples of the work of Richard Upjohn, James Renwick, and several other lesser-known architects. Major sites depicted include Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, N.Y.; Fonthill Castle, Bronx, N.Y.; Lovat, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.; Hurst-Pierrepont, Garrison, N.Y.; Belvoir, Yonkers, N.Y.; Beechwood, Yonkers, N.Y.; Mount Ida, Troy, N.Y., Llewellyn Park, Orange, N.J.; and Malbone, Newport, R.I. Some 18th-century buildings, and one 17th-century building (the Christopher Billop House, near Tottenville, Staten Island, built circa 1699), are also depicted.

Also included is correspondence to Morris about her research from Emma Clifton Austin; J. J. Champenois; John Mead Howells; Cornelius G. Kolff; Grace M. Mayer (Museum of the City of New York); Renwick, Aspinwall & Guard; Robert B. Sterns; and Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes; as well as several published articles and Morris' own research notes. Lastly, of special interest are nine photographs of the official opening of the George Washington Bridge in 1931.

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Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

This collection is available for use by qualified readers by appointment in the Drawings & Archives Reading Room, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please call (212) 854-4110 or email avery-drawings@libraries.columbia.edu

Restrictions on Use

Columbia University is providing access to the materials in the Library's collections solely for noncommercial educational and research purposes. The unauthorized use, including, but not limited to, publication of the materials without the prior written permission of Columbia University is strictly prohibited. All inquiries regarding permission to publish should be submitted in writing to the Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For additional guidance, see Columbia University Libraries' publication policy.

In addition to permission from Columbia University, permission of the copyright owner (if not Columbia University) and/or any holder of other rights (such as publicity and/or privacy rights) may also be required for reproduction, publication, distributions, and other uses. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment of any item and securing any necessary permissions rests with the persons desiring to publish the item. Columbia University makes no warranties as to the accuracy of the materials or their fitness for a particular purpose.

Preferred Citation

Nathalie Bailey Morris photographs of American Gothic Revival architecture. Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

Related Collections

See also the Alexander Jackson Davis architectural drawings and papers, the Richard Upjohn and Richard Michell Upjohn architectural drawings, and the Leslie O. Merrill Collection of Greek Revival in Syracuse held in the Department of Drawings and Archives at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Libraries.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Finding aid written by Annemarie van Roessel, Archivist, Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Annemarie van Roessel, Archivist, Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, in January 2008.

EAD instance generated by Annemarie van Roessel from MARC21 record and SGML instance, Nov. 14, 2007. Finding aid written in English.
    2007-11-14 File created.
    2009-07-23 File revised.

CLIO ID: 3460635 View CLIO record

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Index Terms

The names and terms listed below are represented in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a consortial/union catalog offered by OCLC that allows users to search the holdings of multiple archives and libraries.

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Subjects (Personal Names)

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Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Renwick, James, 1818-1895.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stagg, David I., 1816-1886.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Upjohn, Richard, 1802-1878.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Wells, Joseph C.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Subjects (Building Names)

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Lyndhurst (Tarrytown, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Fonthill Castle (Bronx, New York, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Lovat (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Hurst-Pierrepont (Garrison, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Belvoir (Yonkers, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Beechwood (Yonkers, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mount Ida (Troy, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Christopher Billop House (Staten Island, New York, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Topics

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Architecture, Domestic --New York (State) --New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture, Domestic --New York (State)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture, Domestic --New Jersey.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Architecture, Domestic --Pennsylvania.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Buildings --New Jersey.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Buildings --New York (State) --New YorkPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Buildings --New York (State) --Westchester County.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Buildings --New York (State) --Irvington.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Buildings --New York (State) --Yonkers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Buildings --New York (State) --Hastings on Hudson.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Buildings --New York (State) --Garrison.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Buildings --New York (State) --Troy.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Dwellings --New York (State) --New York.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Buildings --Pennsylvania.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Place Names

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George Washington Bridge (New York, N.Y.)PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Staten Island (New York, N.Y.) --Buildings, structures, etc.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Professions

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Women photographers.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

Additional Creators (Personal Names)

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Austin, Emma CliftonPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Champenois, J. J.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Howells, John Mead, 1868-1959.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Kolff, Cornelius G.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Mayer, Grace M.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Sterns, Robert B.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Stokes, I. N. Phelps (Isaac Newton Phelps), 1867-1944.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

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History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Alletta Nathalie Lorillard Bailey Morris (1883-1935) was born to a socially prominent New York City family and in her adult life was active in civic and charity work. She was also an amateur architectural historian and photographer, particularly dedicated to documenting works of 19th-century American Gothic Revival architecture in the Mid-Atlantic and New England states. Her interest may have been spurred in part by the summer house she and her husband, Lewis Gouverneur Morris, owned in Newport, Rhode Island. A large villa in the Gothic Revival style, "Malbone" was designed in 1848-1850 by noted American architect Alexander Jackson Davis. From the 1910s through the early 1930s, Morris was driven by her husband or chauffeur to many notable sites of Gothic Revival architecture so that she could photograph extant conditions.

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