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Livonia Ruth Kay (1867-1949) Class Album

 Collection
Identifier: 75/31/25
Before printed yearbooks with photographs of students became widespread, college students exchanged individual photographs taken at local photography studios and reproduced in quantity. The photographs—usually the 4-1/2"x6-1/4"size called cabinet photographs—were mounted on card stock printed with the photographer's name and address. Students filled albums (with spaces designed to fit the standard cabinet size photos) with card photographs of their friends, including photos of faculty and administrators to create a record of their college years.

This beautiful album, with its embossed cover and elaborately decorated pages, was produced by Edward Posen & Co. It contains cabinet card portraits of Livonia Kay and her schoolmates, friends, and Northwestern University professors and administrators. Many photographs have no identification; a piece of paper placed on the page lists the names of any identified subject. Two photos of Kay herself are found toward the middle of the album.

The album underwent conservation by the Northwestern University Library's Conservation Lab to repair its damaged cover.

Dates

  • 1891

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

None

Extent

1.00 Boxes

Abstract

Before printed yearbooks with photographs of students became widespread, college students exchanged individual photographs taken at local photography studios and reproduced in quantity. The photographs—usually the 4-1/2″ × 6-1/4″ size called cabinet photographs—were mounted on card stock printed with the photographer's name and address. Students filled albums (with spaces designed to fit the standard cabinet size photos) with card photographs of their friends, including photos of faculty and administrators to create a record of their college years.
This beautiful album, with its embossed cover and elaborately decorated pages, was produced by Edward Posen & Co. It contains cabinet card portraits of Livonia Kay and her schoolmates, friends, and Northwestern University professors and administrators. Many photographs have no identification; a piece of paper placed on the page lists the names of any identified subject. Two photos of Kay herself are found toward the middle of the album.
The album underwent conservation by the Northwestern University Library's Conservation Lab to repair its damaged cover.

Method of Acquisition

Livonia Kay's class album was donated to the University Archives by Louis Kay (Kay's great-nephew) on August 6, 2002, as Accession Number 02-103.

Related Materials

Alumni Biographical Files, Series 51/2, Box 6. Class Albums, 1874-1887, Series 75/31/24 (25 volumes)

Separated Materials

None

Processing Information

Janet Olson, June 2005
Title
Guide to the Livonia Ruth Kay (1867-1949) Class Album
Author
Janet Olson
Date
01/06/2005
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Repository Details

Part of the Northwestern University Archives Repository

Contact:
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