Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection
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|Title:||Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection|
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ListSets setName: Johnston (Frances Benjamin) collection (photographs)
ListSets title: Records for photographs in Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection digitized by the Library of Congress
Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952) was one of the first American women to achieve prominence as a photographer. Trained at the Académie Julian in Paris, she studied photography upon her return to Washington, D.C., in the mid-1880s and opened a professional studio circa 1890. Her family's social position gave Johnston access to the First Family and leading Washington political figures and launched her career as a photojournalist and portrait photographer. Johnston turned to garden and estate photography in 1910s.
Through copyright deposits, gifts of the photographer and the purchase of material from her estate, the Prints and Photographs Division has formed an extensive collection of Johnston's documentary assignments and architectural studies. The portion of the collection that is presented online in the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection category are individual photographs for which copy negatives or digital files exist. This represents a small cross-section of the entire Johnston collection, which consists of an estimated 20,000 photographic prints and 3,700 glass and film negatives. (Most of the photographic prints have been grouped by subject matter into groups (LOTs). Catalog records describing those groups are available through the Groups of Images in High Demand category. [retrieve Frances Benjamin Johnson LOT records]).
Images in the collection span the period, 1850-1949, but the majority date between 1897 and 1927. Among the photographs from Johnston's early career are her coverage of American world's fairs; coal mining; the White House; openings of Congress; Admiral Dewey; and Progressive era educational efforts, including a survey of Washington, D.C., schools and such minority educational institutions as the Hampton Institute and the Tuskegee Institute. The collection also includes photographs collected by Johnston, including images of family and friends and works by other women photographers.
Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)--Photographs.
United States Indian School (Carlisle, Pa.)--Photographs.
United States--Economic conditions--1890-1920.
White House (Washington, D.C.)--Photographs.
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)--Photographs.
Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952.
Women--Clothing & dress.
|DLF-specific Subjects:||American Culture|
United States (nation)
Middle 20th Century (1934-1967)
Early 20th Century (1901-1933)
Late 19th Century (1868-1900)
Photographs / slides / negatives
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|accessRights:||Access permitted; subject to Prints & Photographs Division policy on serving originals.|
|Copyright & IP rights:||There are no known restrictions on the photographs in the Frances Benjamin Johnston Collection.|
|Collection Development Policy:||Active Deposit, Donation, Purchase|
|Frequency of additions:||Irregularly|
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Dublin Core (simple or qualified)
|Notes:||The portion of the collection that is cataloged online represents photographs for which copy negatives or digital files exist.|
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|This Record Last Updated On:||4/23/2008 12:57:08 PM|
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|Projects Associated with Digital Collection|
|Title of Project:||Aquifer American Social History Online|
|Administrative Notes About this Collection in the Aquifer Projects|
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