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Gus L. Wolf Photograph Collection

Identifier: P029

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of twenty-seven glass plate negatives and corresponding 8x10 black & white prints, dating from circa 1880-1900. Image subjects include the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, U.S. Capitol, Lafayette Park, Mount Vernon, and the Petersen House. Additionally there are several images of what is believed to be the Potomac River, as well as a number of unidentifiable locations.


  • Creation: 1880-1900


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Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on viewing the prints from the collection.
Patrons will not be granted access to the glass plate negatives without permission.
All photographs are in the public domain, therefore there are no restrictions on reproduction. Reproductions should appear with the proper attribution indicating that the photograph is housed in the Gus L. Wolf Photograph Collection and indicate that they appear “courtesy of the DC Public Library, Special Collections.”


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Custodial History

The collection was a gift of Gus L. Wolf, via the Freer Gallery of Art in December 1991. Mr. Wolf donated these images, along with images from his trip to Asia, to the Freer in July 1989. However, the photographs of Washington, and other areas, did not fit the scope of their collection. Subsequently, Archivist Colleen Hennessey at the Freer contacted the Library and arranged for their transfer with the full permission of Mr. Wolf.

Processing Information

The Freer Gallery of Art made the prints after the receipt of the collection in 1989. Prints were grouped together according to subject and numbers were assigned to each print. Prints were then placed in protective sleeves and put into acid-free folders. The folders were housed in an archival box and placed in the Library for long-term storage. Each glass plate negative was assigned a corresponding number and placed in a four-flap paper envelope. The envelopes were housed in an archival box and placed in a negative storage cabinet for long-term storage.

Processing Information

Processed without series.

Gus L. Wolf Photograph Collection
An inventory of the Gus L. Wolf Photograph Collection at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Mark S. Greek.
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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