RONALD S. SMITH PHOTOGRAPH COLLECTION

(Mss.4127)

Inventory

Created/revised by

Mark E. Martin

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

2003

Revised 2009

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY ............................................................................................................................. 2
SUMMARY ............................................................................................................................................................ 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE .............................................................................................................. 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ........................................................................................................................... 4
SERIES AND SUBSERIES DESCRIPTIONS ...................................................................................................... 5
INDEX TERMS ...................................................................................................................................................... 6
CONTAINER LIST ................................................................................................................................................ 8

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SUMMARY

Size

24 glass plate negatives; 24 resin-coated paper prints; 24 interpositives; 24 internegatives.

Geographic Locations

Louisiana; New Orleans.

Inclusive Dates

ca. 1890.

Bulk Dates

ca. 1890.

Languages

English

Summary

The collection consists of twenty-four (24) glass plate negatives from which twenty-four (24) resin-coated paper prints, twenty-four (24) interpositives, and twenty-four (24) internegatives were created in 2003. Most of the images cover subjects in New Orleans and Louisiana.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Reproduction Note

None

Copyright

Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators of the materials in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Related Collections

None

Citation

Ronald S. Smith Photograph Collection, Mss.4127, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack Location(s)

65:03 glass plate negatives

E:69 box 15 resin-coated paper prints

146 Interpositives / Internegatives

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

Ronald A. Smith, New Orleans, La., donated these twenty-four (24) glass plate negatives, dated circa 1890, to the LSU Libraries. None of the images have any subject or location information associated with them, with the exception of two images. These two images have the names Charles A. Theil and John E. Theil and “N.O.” scratched in the negatives’ emulsion.

Charles A. Theil, born in Saxony, 1842, first appears in New Orleans in 1867. The 1870 census lists the then 28 year old Charles as married and working as a clerk at the customs house. By 1874, Charles had become the manager of the United States Bonded Warehouse #6, Nos. 143, 145, 147 and 149 Front Street (between Fulton and South Peters, Julia and Saint Joseph). The following year he became the proprietor of the same warehouse and of the Montgomery Warehouse (115 Fulton). By 1884 Charles had become the proprietor of the United States Bonded Warehouse #1, Crescent Warehouse, (Tchoupitoulas, between Julia and Saint Joseph) and Montgomery Warehouse. In 1889 the Crescent Warehouse was owned by Hearn & Riffel; Charles Theil retained proprietorship of the #1 and Montgomery Warehouses. In 1891 Charles is listed as the proprietor of U S Bonded Warehouse #1, Montgomery Warehouse #2, Sugar and Molasses Warehouse, and Iron Warehouses, with a parenthetical reference to Rice, though whether Rice refers to a commodity or to a family name is unknown. By 1895 Charles is listed as proprietor of U S Bonded Warehouse, Dairy, Sugar and Molasses Warehouse, and Iron Warehouses, with the same enigmatic reference to Rice. By the 1904, the year of his death, Charles was listed as the president of the United Warehouse Co. Ltd., 815 Fulton, which was the owner of:

1. Daisy, United Warehouse Co. Ltd. propr., 843 South Peters;
2. Iron, United Warehouse Co. Ltd. propr., 861 Fulton;
3. Keystone, United Warehouse Co. Ltd. propr., 804 Fulton;
4. Mississippi, United Warehouse Co. Ltd. propr., 814 Fulton;
5. Montgomery, United Warehouse Co. Ltd. proprs., 815 Fulton;
6. Rebecca, United Warehouse Co. Ltd. proprs., Fulton corner Julia.

The New Orleans city directory lists a John Theil as early as 1871 but this John Theil is listed as a saloon worker or bartender. It isn’t until 1889 that a John E. Theil is listed as a clerk in the Montgomery Bonded Warehouse, owned by Charles Theil. As Charles’ only surviving son was named Charles, Jr., it seems likely that John E. Theil was perhaps a relative; Johns residence is listed as the same as Charles’. John E. Thiel is listed variously as clerk, bookkeeper, or assistant manager of the warehouse through 1900 when his name disappears from the record.

Charles and John Theil may have been amateur photographers associated with the New Orleans Camera Club. The Camera Club first appears in the city directory in 1889 (“New Orleans Camera Club, meets at Tulane University. H. T. Howard, president; C. H. Fenner, secretary, 105 Gravier; P. E. Carriere, treasurer”). The Camera Club stopped being listed in the city directory as of the 1900 edition.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The collection consists of twenty-four (24) glass plate negatives from which twenty-four (24) resin-coated paper prints were made in 2003. Interpositives and internegatives were also created at that time for all twenty-four (24) negatives. Most of the images cover subjects in New Orleans and Louisiana.

SERIES AND SUBSERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Series I.

Prints

Subseries I.

Portraits, adults

Four (4) portraits of adults: two of a young woman posing dramatically; one of an older woman in bed perhaps convalescing, and; the last of a shirtless young man. The last negative is badly decayed.

Subseries II.

Portraits, children

Three (3) portraits of children: one a male child seated on the ground in a garden; another of two boys and a girl seated on the ground in a garden, and; an older male child posing in a studio.

Subseries III.

Portraits, groups

Three (3) group portraits: one of an African-American family on and around a mule-drawn cart in front of a one room shack; another of a group of men in front of an unidentified business in a city, and; the last of an unidentified extended family posing in their side yard

Subseries IV.

Landscapes, rural and urban

Two (2) images of landscapes, one a pastoral rural scene and one a snowy urban scene

Subseries V.

Homes

Six (6) images of residences, four document the façade of the buildings and two document the backyards of a building

Subseries VI.

Lakefront scenes

Three (3) unidentified lakefront scenes, one of which includes a photographer with his wooden box camera on a tripod

Subseries VII.

Trick photography

One (1) double exposure of an industrial complex

Subseries VIII.

War memorials

Two (2) scenes of war memorials, one identified as the Washington Artillery, the other unidentified.

Series II.

Negatives

Twenty-four (24) glass plate negatives.

Series III.

Interpositives/internegatives

Twenty-four (24) interpositives and twenty-four (24) internegatives created from the original glass plate negatives.

INDEX TERMS

African Americans--Louisiana--New Orleans--Photographs

412708

Arbors--Photographs

412718

Architectural photography

412713, 412714, 412715, 412716, 412717, 412718,

Architecture, Victorian--Photographs

412713

Architecture--Louisiana--Photographs

412714, 412715, 412716

Boys--Portrait photographs

412707, 412705, 412706

Children--Portrait photographs

412706, 412710

Confederate States of America. Army. Washington Artillery Battalion (New Orleans, La.)--Photographs

412724

Dwellings--Louisiana--Photographs

412717, 412718

Gazebos--Photographs

412721

Girls--Portrait photographs

412706

Group portraits--Louisiana--New Orleans--Photographs

412708, 412709, 412710

Industrial buildings--Photographs

412722

Landscape photography

412711

Lighthouses--Photographs

412719, 412720

Memorials--Photographs

412723, 412724

Men--Portrait photographs

412704, 412709, 412710

Mules--Photographs

412708

Multiple exposure

412722

Outdoor photography--Louisiana

412705, 412706, 412708

Outdoor photography--Louisiana--New Orleans--Parks--Photographs

412710, 412712

Piers (marine landings)--Photographs

412719, 412721

Portraits--Louisiana--New Orleans--19th century

412701, 412702, 412703, 412704, 412705, 412706, 412707

Seascapes--Photographs

412720

Snow--Photographs

412712

Statues--Photographs

412723, 412724

Streets--Photographs

412712

Theil, Charles A.

412708, 412716, 412717, 412718, 412719, 412720, 412721

Theil, John E.

412708

United States--History--Civil War--1861-1865--Memorials--Photographs

412723, 412724

Wagons--Louisiana--New Orleans--Photographs

412708

Waterfronts--Photographs

412719, 412720, 412721

Women--Portrait photographs

412701, 412702, 412703, 412710

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Box

Series

Subseries

E:69

15

I. Prints

I. Portraits, adults

II. Portraits, children

III. Portraits, groups

IV. Landscapes, rural and urban

V. Homes

VI. Lakefront scenes

VII. Trick photography

VIII. War memorials

65:03

II. Negatives

146

III. Interpositives/internegatives