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Nancy Zosa collection of photographic materials

Identifier: HC.MC-848

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of a wide variety of photography-related materials primarily from the 19th century. The first series includes photo albums differentiated by theme: portrait albums, places, art, and historical. The next series contains a variety of individual photos, as well as a set of stereo cards and a set of glass negatives. The third series is made up of trade catalogues dating from 1884 and 1940 that were used to sell photography-related items. Following these materials is a series of books sub-divided by theme. While some of these books deal directly with photography-related topics, others simply include images as a part of their content. Following the books is a series of periodicals. These materials are differentiated between journals specifically about photography and those containing articles on the subject. After the periodicals is a brief section of materials from two specific exhibitions. These documents discuss the particular showcases and include lists of the pieces found in them.The final series contains dealer catalogues—resources used to purchase old photographs or photographic paraphernalia. The last item included in the Zosa collection is a tabletop stereo-viewer dated to around 1890.


  • Creation: 1848 - 1985


Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Biographcial note

There is little information available about Nancy Zosa, the donor who contributed the materials found in this collection. It is likely that she gathered the materials primarily during the 1970s and 80s.


6.5 linear ft. (10 boxes, 24 volumes, 1 item)

Language of Materials



A collection of original photographs, photograph albums and books and catalogs relating to photography, primarily from the 19th century, that include important historical images of people and places, and in certain instances rare, early or unusual images or publications.


Materials are arranged by theme and chronological order.


The Zosa Collection of Photographic Materials was doanted to Special Collections in 2013 by Nancy Zosa.

Appraisal note

The collection was appraised by Jack Freas of Tamerlane Books, Havertown, PA, September 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Kingsley; completed May 2015

Nancy Zosa collection of photographic materials, 1848-1985
Emily Kingsley
May 2015
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