Last summer, the Amon Carter was awarded a $150,000 grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to digitize and catalog approximately 25,000 photographs from our permanent collection. Work began on the project in the fall, and we are happy to say that we’ve already digitized over 1,000 photographs and cataloged even more. Due to preservation practices and the enormity of our photography collection, these works are exhibited only rarely and many have never been seen by the public.
As the photos are digitized, we’ll post some here on the blog to share with you. Check back often for rarely- and never-before-seen works from the photography collection in posts titled 'Analog to Digital.'
Our first installment comes from one of the first objects digitized under the IMLS grant, an album containing nearly 200 tourist images, all by an unknown photographer, from around the turn of the century. These four pictures just seemed to jump out as I worked on their cataloging.
Mr. McMasters, Mr. Osborne, Mr. Ballor. Redlands., gelatin silver print, ca. 1900-1910
Bridge Accident at Tempe, Arizona, 1902, gelatin silver print, 1902
Tempe, Arizona., gelatin silver print, ca. 1900-1910
[Pen of ostriches], gelatin silver print, ca. 1900-1910