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Caroline Bowersox collection of William Henry Jackson Photochroms

Identifier: MS-023

Content Description

The collection is divided by size into four series 3.5 x 7 Inches, 4.5 x 6.5 Inches, 4.75 x 6.5 Inches and 7 x 9 Inches and then chronologically by photograph number. The photograph number can be found in the upper left hand corner of the print sleeve. The collection consists of 187 prints, mostly 3.5 x 7 and 4.5 x 6.5 inches but including some 4.75 x 6.5 and 7 x 9 inch prints as well. Most images are of outdoor scenes, but there are a few featuring interiors. Roughly, the geographical distribution of subject is: Canada (8 prints), Mexico (11 prints), United States (161 prints), Arizona (3 prints), California (48 prints), Colorado (58 prints), Florida (5 prints), Illinois ( 1 prints), Michigan (4 prints), Mississippi (1 prints), New Jersey (2 prints), New Mexico (7 prints), New York (17 prints), Pennsylvania (2 prints), South Carolina (1 prints), South Dakota (1 prints), Utah (8 prints), Washington D.C. (3 prints), Unknown (7 prints).


  • 1898 - 1906


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research without restrictions. Researchers are advised to contact the Archives and Special Collections prior to visiting. Advance notice may be needed to retrieve items for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers must obtain a signed Permission to Publish Form if they wish to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information from published and unpublished works held by ASC. Permission to reproduce, broadcast, or otherwise disseminate information materials from ASC does not constitute permission from the holder of copyright or literary rights. The researcher is responsible for securing permission from the copyright holder to publish or reproduce content from materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Born on April 4, 1843, in Keeseville, New York, William Henry Jackson was an American photographer and artist who started his career in a studio retouching photographs at the young age of 15. Working at diverse photography related jobs and building up a portfolio, Jackson eventually found himself shifting into publishing at the Detroit Publishing Company.

Jackson sold his entire collection, consisting of about 10,000 negatives, in 1897 to the company and in 1898 Jackson became president, with archives which produced pictures arraying from postcards to mammoth-plate panoramas.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 photograph box)

Language of Materials



The Caroline Bowersox Collection of William Henry Jackson contains photochroms made by Detroit Publishing Company from photographs taken by William Henry Jackson.


This collection is organized into four series. Series I: 3.5 x 7 inches, Series II: 4.5 x 6.5 inches, Series III: 4.75 x 6.5 inches, Series IV: 7 x 9 inches
Caroline Bowersox collection of William Henry Jackson Photochroms
Loni McComber and Sarah A. Hanson, Updated by Shaina Dean in 2016
April 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the USD Archives and Special Collections Repository