The 1883 Vanderbilt Fancy Dress Ball Album Collection
The 1883 Vanderbilt Fancy Dress Ball Album Collection is comprised of portrait photographs taken by Jose Maria Mora of attendees to the fancy dress ball hosted by Mrs. William K. Vanderbilt (nee Alva Erskine Smith) on the night of March 26, 1883 at the Vanderbilts' newly completed residence at 660 Fifth Avenue, New York City. The subjects of the photographs are all dressed in the costumes they wore to the event, and appear in staged poses in front of backgrounds provided by Mora's studio.
The Deveau Collection is composed of glass negatives taken around Newport, between about 1890 and 1895. The materials photographed include portraits of Newport estates, events, and residents. Also included are images of various Newport streets and landmarks, as well as sailing vessels and Newport Harbor.
Photographs of Drexel homes in Paris, France and Newport, Rhode Island. Notable French firm Studio Waléry photographed the interiors of the Alice Troth Drexel and John Drexel Sr. apartment at 34 rue François-Ier, Paris, France, to which Mrs. Drexel added room descriptions. Collection also includes photographs taken by Richard Nelson depicting Rock Cliff in Newport, mostly in panoramic format.
The Ernst Studio Collection is comprised of photographs taken by Ernst Studio between 1909 and 1967. The materials photographed include portraits of Newport residents and local events of all sorts. Also included are images of various Newport estates and landmarks, as well as sailing vessels and Newport Harbor.
The Green Animals Collection is comprised of materials relating to the Brayton Family, as well as the Estate’s house and gardens, spanning the period from 1870 until 1990. The collection includes images of the interior and exterior of the home from various points in its existence, as well as images showing various generations of the family.
The Hunter House Collection is comprised of materials relating to the home’s various occupants, as well as some of the restoration activities carried out by the PSNC. The documents cover the period from circa 1745 until 1990.
The Isaac Bell House Collection is comprised of materials relating to the home’s various occupants, spanning the period from 1879 until 1980. The collection includes images of the interior and exterior of the home from various points in its existence, as well as images from the families who lived there.
The King Family Letters Collection is composed of letters written by or to members of the King family or associated persons, including members of the Armstrong and Rives families. Many of the letters are between Gwendolen King and her mother Ella Rives King. Most of the letters are written in English, but some are written in French, and others are partially in French and partially in English
This collection is comprised mostly of photographs of members of the King family and associated persons. The collection also contains a few paper documents, mostly written in French and seemingly related to the service of Philip Wheaton Rives King in a welfare organization attached to the French army during World War I.