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Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African photographs

 Collection
Identifier: 037

  • Staff Only
The Humphrey Winterton Collection of East African photographs is comprised of about 6,500 photographs organized in 75 primary collections of separate albums, scrapbooks or loose collections. Primary collections range from a single photograph to a set of several photograph albums plus envelopes of loose photographs.

Dates

  • 1860-1960
  • Majority of material found within 1880-1920

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Access

Onsite access to the entire collection is open to researchers during library hours, Monday-Friday, 8.30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Contact the Herskovits Library for further information. Email: africana@northwestern.edu

Use restrictions

The images and documents on this web site, from the collections of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies of Northwestern University, are provided for use by its students, faculty and staff, and by other researchers visiting this site, for research consultation and scholarly purposes only. Further distribution and/or any commercial use of the images from this site is not permitted.

Extent

6500 items (75 albums, scrapbooks, and loose collections.)

Overview

The collection is comprised of about 6,500 photographs organized in 75 separate albums, scrapbooks or loose collections, taken primarily in East Africa between about 1860 and 1960.

History

Assembled by the British collector Humphrey Winterton over about 30 years, the collection depicts the breadth of African experience, documents African life, European life in Africa in all its manifestations and the African landscape, in particular as it changed over time. Included are photographs showing the building of East Africa's railways, the growth of its urban centers and the development of European colonial administration. The photographs extensively document rural life as well as the travels and work of European colonial officials and private businessmen.
Biographical / Historical There are outstanding examples of portraiture some of which were taken by commercial studios. Other photographs produced by commercial studios were specifically taken for sale and distribution in Europe and North America. The Winterton Collection also provides an unsurpassed resource for the study of the history of photography in East Africa.

Acquisition Information

Purchase of this extraordinary collection was made available through use of the Charles Deering McCormick Endowment for Special Collections and the George and Mary LeCron Foster Endowed Fund.

Original documents

Original collection available at the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies of Northwestern University.
Existence and Location of Copies Collection has been digitized and is available at: http://winterton.library.northwestern.edu/index.html
Title
Finding aid to the Winterton Collection of East African photographs: 1860-1960
Date
2002
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies Repository

Contact:
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