Finding Aid for the Souvenir d'Algérie Portfolios, 1889

Finding aid prepared by Beth Ann Guynn

Descriptive Summary

Title: Souvenir d'Algérie
Date (inclusive): 1889
Number: 2008.R.15
Physical Description: 2.33 linear feet
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
Abstract: Photographs taken by an amateur photographer of sights and everyday life in late-nineteenth century Algiers are presented in two portfolios each titled Souvenir d'Algérie.
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Language: Collection material is in French

Biographical/Historical Note

The photographs were taken by an unidentified amateur photographer, likely a French colonial, during an extensive stay in Algeria in the late-nineteenth century.

Administrative Information


Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Souvenir d'Algérie, 1889, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2008.R.15"

Processing History

In 2013 the collection was processed by Lilly Tsukahira and the finding aid was written by Beth Ann Guynn.

Scope and Content of Collection

The 78 photographs in these two portfolios, taken by an unidentified amateur photographer in 1889, are comprised of typical tourist views as well as images of a more quotidian nature, indicating that they are the personal documentation of the maker's extended stay as a French colonial in Algeria. Included are scenes of city workers and the marketplace; views of women, tending graves in a cemetery and carrying bundles in the street; images of a coachman in Arab-style livery driving a horse and buggy and riding a trotting horse; views of a man in Western dress feeding chickens and tending a garden; and photographs of local flora (two captions record the time of year and the height of the plants) and floral arrangements or baskets of plants. Several photographs labeled "études" or "études d'instantané" that depict dogs and horses in motion suggest an artistic motivation on the part of the photographer.
The photographs are housed in two red cloth tie portfolios with gilt-stamped titles. They are mounted on heavy card stock (55 mounts) with letterpress French captions and irregular enumeration (ranging from 123 to 914; three photographs are unnumbered). Most mounts contain two photographs.


Arranged by negative numbers as they appear on the mounts, with the number for the upper image coming first (ie. in some cases the higher number is assigned to the upper photograph on the mount).

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Places

Algeria--Description and travel
Algeria--Social life and customs--19th century

Genres and Forms of Material

Albumen prints--Algeria--19th century
Photographs, Original

Container List


Souvenir d'Algérie

Box 1

Portfolio I

Scope and Content Note

Forty-five photographs on 31 mounts. Mounts numbered 1-31.
Box 1, Item 1a

2008.R.15.1a [Dog on a Terrace], negative number 123

Box 1, Item 1b

2008.R.15.1b Etude [Dog Standing on Hind Legs Looking through Terrace Window], negative number 124

Box 1, Item 2a

2008.R.15.2a Coin de cimetière arabe, negative number 135

Box 1, Item 2b

2008.R.15.2b Puit au cimetière arabe, negative number 134

Box 1, Item 3a

2008.R.15.3a Une rue à Alger, negative number 137

Box 1, Item 3b

2008.R.15.3b Portefaix arabes, negative number 138

Box 1, Item 4a

2008.R.15.4a Eglise de Mustapha, negative number 145

Box 1, Item 4b

2008.R.15.4b Orphelinat de Mustapha, negative number 146

Box 1, Item 5a

2008.R.15.5a Devant le palais du gouverneur, negative number 183

Box 1, Item 5b

2008.R.15.5b Devant le palais du gouverneur, negative number 184

Box 1, Item 6

2008.R.15.6 Gerbes de glaïeuls hauteur 1m 50, fin janvier 1889, negative number 188

Box 1, Item 7a

2008.R.15.7a Scènes du port, negative number 191

Box 1, Item 7b

2008.R.15.7b Scènes du port, negative number 192

Box 1, Item 8a

2008.R.15.8a Scènes du port, negative number 193

Box 1, Item 8b

2008.R.15.8b Scènes du port, marchands arabes, negative number 196

Box 1, Item 9a

2008.R.15.9a Scènes du port, marchand de galettes arabes, negative number 197

Box 1, Item 9b

2008.R.15.9b Scènes du port, negative number 195

Box 1, Item 10

2008.R.15.10 Anc. Mosquée el-Kasba-Berrani, negative number 201

Box 1, Item 11a

2008.R.15.11a Cimetière arabe, negative number 211

Box 1, Item 11b

2008.R.15.11b Cimetière arabe, negative number 210

Box 1, Item 12a

2008.R.15.12a Koubba de Bou-Kobrin (Cimetière arabe), negative number 213

Box 1, Item 12b

2008.R.15.12b Koubba de Bou-Kobrin (Cimetière arabe), negative number 212

Box 1, Item 13a

2008.R.15.13a [Man in Western Dress and Dog Standing under a Palm Tree], negative number 219

Box 1, Item 13b

2008.R.15.13b [Arab Man Standing in a Doorway], negative number 218

Box 1, Item 14

2008.R.15.14 Palmiers dattiers du Sahara, negative number 222

Box 1, Item 15

2008.R.15.15 Mon laudau tenue arabe, negative number 223

Box 1, Item 16a

2008.R.15.16a [Market stall], negative number 229

Box 1, Item 16b

2008.R.15.16b [Market], negative number 228

Box 1, Item 17

2008.R.15.17 Mosquée de Sidi Abd-er-Rahman, negative number 234

Box 1, Item 18

2008.R.15.18 Koubba à Bou-Zarea, negative number 246

Box 1, Item 19

2008.R.15.19 Un amandier en fleurs, Villa Roussot, negative number 248

Box 1, Item 20

2008.R.15.20 Citronnier chargé de fruits, Villa Roussot, negative number 249

Box 1, Item 21

2008.R.15.21 Asphodeles rameux fleurs des champs hauteur 1 m, 60, fin février 1889, negative number 259

Box 1, Item 22

2008.R.15.22 Panier d'Iris blancs, fin février 1889, negative number 265

Box 1, Item 23

2008.R.15.23 Amirauté tèmpete, negative number 272

Box 1, Item 24

2008.R.15.24 Au ravin d'Hydra, colonnade mauresque, negative number 285

Box 1, Item 25a

2008.R.15.25a Genisses, negative number 296

Box 1, Item 25b

2008.R.15.25b Chèvres, negative number 297

Box 1, Item 26

2008.R.15.26 Yuccas de la Caroline, negative number 302

Box 1, Item 27

2008.R.15.27 Fleur d'aloes, negative number 303

Box 1, Item 28

2008.R.15.28 Ficus des Indes Orientales, negative number 304

Box 1, Item 29a

2008.R.15.29a [Kneeling Camels Laden with Packs], negative number 324

Box 1, Item 29b

2008.R.15.29b [Kneeling Camels with Hooded Driver], negative number 323

Box 1, Item 30a

2008.R.15.30a [Women Carrying Bundles], negative number 325

Box 1, Item 30b

2008.R.15.30b [Camels and Riders Resting], negative number 322

Box 1, Item 31a

2008.R.15.31a [Arab Man Inspecting Cargo], negative number 328

Box 1, Item 31b

2008.R.15.31b [Arab Men and Cargo], negative number 327

Box 2

Portfolio II

Scope and Content Note

Thirty-one photographs on 24 mounts. Mounts numbers 32-55.
Box 2, Item 32a

2008.R.15.32a Route d'El-Biar, negative number 397

Box 2, Item 32b

2008.R.15.32b Devant le Palais d'été, negative number 399

Box 2, Item 33

2008.R.15.33 Palmiers, aloes et lenstiques à Bou-Zarea, negative number 404

Box 2, Item 34

2008.R.15.34 Koubba à Bou-Zarea, negative number 407

Box 2, Item 35a

2008.R.15.35a A Bou-Zarea, palmiers, aloes et lentisques, negative number 409

Box 2, Item 35b

2008.R.15.35b Puit arabe à Bou-Zarea, negative number 411

Box 2, Item 36a

2008.R.15.36a Marabout de Bou-Zarea, negative number 410

Box 2, Item 36b

2008.R.15.36b Koubba à Bou-Zarea, negative number 412

Box 2, Item 37

2008.R.15.37 Retour au gourbi, negative number 418

Box 2, Item 38

2008.R.15.38 [Cactus in a Field ], negative number 424

Box 2, Item 39a

2008.R.15.39a [Man in Western Dress Watching Chickens], negative number 428

Box 2, Item 39b

2008.R.15.39b [Man in Western Dress with Hoe], negative number 426

Box 2, Item 40a

2009.R.15.40a [Man in Western Dress Feeding Chickens], negative number 427

Box 2, Item 40b

2008.R.15.40b [Bulldog Sitting on Doorstep], negative number 441

Box 2, Item 41a

2008.R.15.41a Mon cocher Mustapha, negative number 432

Box 2, Item 41b

2008.R.15.41b [Floral Arrangement in front of a Carved Screen]

Box 2, Item 42

2008.R.15.42 Cheval au pas, negative number 437

Box 2, Item 43

2008.R.15.43 Cheval au galop, negative number 439

Box 2, Item 44

2008.R.15.44 [Arab Groom with Horse-drawn Buggy], negative number 638

Box 2, Item 45

2008.R.15.45 Etude d'instantané: le chien sautant, negative number 792

Box 2, Item 46

2008.R.15.46 Etude d'instantané: chevaux au trot, negative number 819

Box 2, Item 47

2008.R.15.47 Etude d'instantané, fantasia, cheval au gallop, negative number 834

Box 2, Item 48

2008.R.15.48 [Arab on Horseback], negative number 835

Box 2, Item 49

2008.R.15.49 Etude d'instantané: cabriolet au grand trot, negative number 852

Box 2, Item 50

2008.R.15.50 [Cabriolet Going at a Trot], negative number 885

Box 2, Item 51

2008.R.15.51 Avenue des Ficus au Jardin d'Essai: vue des troncs, negative number 883

Box 2, Item 52

2008.R.15.52 Palmier et bananiers au Jardin d'Essai, negative number 884

Box 2, Item 53

2008.R.15.53 [Man in Western Dress on Horseback], negative number 914

Box 2, Item 54a

2008.R.15.54a [Floral Arrangement set before a Carved Screen]

Box 2, Item 54b

2008.R.15.54b [Floral Arrangement with Carved Screen behind]

Box 2, Item 55

2008.R.15.55 [Arab Riding a Donkey]