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    Title: Jay T. Last Collection of View Prints
    Dates (inclusive): 1824-1913
    Bulk dates: 1840-1890
    Collection Number: priJLC_VIEW
    Collector: Last, Jay T.
    Extent: 152 items
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Prints and Ephemera
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: The prints in the Jay T. Last Collection of Views consist of over 150 mostly lithographic prints depicting physical locales primarily in the United States. These images date from 1824 to 1913, with the bulk of the items dating between 1840 and 1890, and include town and city views; pictorial maps and plans; landscapes and waterscapes; scenes of rural and wilderness areas; commercial and residential streets and individual buildings and structures; parks, bridges, and monuments; and a small number of interior views. The view prints form part of the Jay T. Last Collection of Graphic Arts and Social History and provide rich resources for the study of nineteenth and early twentieth century American printing history, visual culture, and social history.
    Language: English
    Finding aid last updated on June 30, 2016.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Item title, Call number]. Jay T. Last Collection of View Prints, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    This collection forms part of the Jay T. Last Collection of Graphic Arts and Social History, which was donated to the Huntington Library by Jay T. Last in 2005 as a gift in progress. The bulk of the view prints were transferred to the Library in 2010; additional items were received and cataloged in 2012 and 2013.

    Background on the Jay T. Last Collection

    The Jay T. Last Collection is an unparalleled archive of printed paper artifacts that documents American lithographic, social, and business history. The collection began in the early 1970s when physicist and Silicon Valley pioneer Jay Last moved to Southern California and started collecting citrus box labels he found at local flea markets and rummage sales. As his collection grew, Last realized that these labels conveyed important information about commercial printing, graphic design, and social history, and he expanded his collection to include other forms of American visual culture. Today this collection contains more than 185,000 lithographic prints, posters, and ephemera of mostly nineteenth- and early twentieth- century American origin and represents works by more than five hundred lithographic companies.

    Scope and Content

    The prints in the Jay T. Last Collection of Views consist of over 150 mostly lithographic prints depicting physical locales primarily in the United States. These images date from 1824 to 1913 and include town and city views; pictorial maps and plans; landscapes and waterscapes; scenes of rural and wilderness areas; commercial and residential streets and individual buildings and structures; parks, bridges, and monuments; and a small number of interior views. The images often incorporate depictions of people, animals, street traffic, railroad trains, and structures but share a focus on place, as opposed to genre scenes of everyday life or company- or product-based advertisements including views centered on proprietary buildings such as hotels or factories. While the majority of the collection features lithographs of American views produced by American artists, printers, and publishers, there are also a few engravings and foreign prints.
    The prints in this collection were produced for a variety of purposes including as art reproductions, as illustrations in books, and as promotional materials; they consist of nearly 200 color-printed and/or hand-colored images and approximately 40 uncolored images and range in size from approximately 9 x 11 inches to 27 x 43 inches. The prints are organized geographically by region, and approximately 116 prints depict locales in the Northeastern United States, 28 in the American West, 25 in the Midwest, 21 in the South, and 5 of the prints depict places outside of the United States.
    The view prints provide rich resources for the study of nineteenth and early twentieth century American printing history, visual culture, and social history. The prints offer evidence of the development of printmaking techniques and trends, and of the artists, engravers, lithographers, printers, and publishers involved in the creation of these items. As a visual historical record, this collection provides documentary evidence of the interplay between individuals and their environments, and their perceptions and interpretations of their surroundings. Prints in the collection document the topography, development, and promotion of towns and cities; urban planning; the impact of settlement, transportation, and infrastructure on both rural and urban environments; the architectural history of business and retail centers, civic buildings, private residences, churches, and education buildings; and perceptions towards wilderness and frontier areas. As well, information about social history emerges through the depictions of individuals and street scenes in many of these prints, including modes of transportation and leisure and commercial activities.

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    The collection is arranged in the following five series:
    • Series I. Northeast, 1824-1910
    • Series II. South, 1846-approximately 1890s
    • Series III. Midwest, approximately 1855-1897
    • Series IV. West, 1849-1913
    • Series V. Foreign, approximately 1850s-approximately 1890s
    The series are based on the four geographic regions of the United States recognized by the United States Census Bureau.
    Items are arranged numerically by call number and described in the following format:
    • Title of print. Date
    • Artist(s) (when known). Printer(s). Publisher(s).

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  


    Intaglio prints.
    Relief prints.


    Architecture -- Details -- Pictorial works.
    Boats and boating -- Pictorial works.
    Bridges -- Pictorial works.
    Buildings -- Pictorial works.
    Church buildings -- Pictorial works.
    Cities & towns -- Pictorial works.
    Cityscapes -- Pictorial works.
    College campuses -- Pictorial works.
    Commercial streets -- Pictorial works.
    Dwellings -- Pictorial works.
    Factories -- Pictorial works.
    Horse-drawn vehicles -- Pictorial works.
    Lakes -- Pictorial works.
    Landscapes -- Pictorial works.
    Local transit -- Pictorial works.
    Mountains -- Pictorial works.
    Parks -- Pictorial works.
    Pictorial maps.
    Public buildings -- Pictorial works.
    Railroads -- Pictorial works.
    Rivers -- Pictorial works.
    Schools -- Pictorial works.
    Storefronts -- Pictorial works.
    Streets -- Pictorial works.
    Waterfalls -- Pictorial works.
    Waterfronts -- Pictorial works.
    Wilderness areas -- Pictorial works.

    Printer, Publisher, Artist Index

    The following is a complete list of printers, publishers, and artists represented in the collection.
    A. Hoen & Co.
    A.F. Poole & Co.
    A.L. Bancroft & Company.
    American Bank Note Company.
    American Lithographic Co.
    American Oleograph Co.
    American Photo-Lithographic Company.
    American Publishing Co. (Milwaukee, Wis.)
    Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Company (copyright holder)
    August Gast & Co.
    Bachelder, John B. (John Badger), 1825-1894.
    Bachmann, John, active 1849-1885.
    Bailey, H. H. (Howard Heston), 1836-1878.
    Bailey, S. F.
    Baker, Geo. H. (George Holbrook), 1827-1906.
    Barker, J. J.
    Bartholdi, Frédéric Auguste, 1834-1904.
    Beck & Pauli.
    Beman, S. S. (Solon Spencer), 1853-1914 (architect)
    Benecke, Theodore.
    Bennett, N. S.
    Bien, Julius, 1826-1909.
    Billings, Hammatt, 1818-1874.
    Billings, J. E., approximately 1821-1880 (architect).
    Birch, Thomas, 1779-1851.
    Boell, William.
    Bonar, Thomas.
    Bornet, John.
    Bosqui Eng. & Print. Co.
    Bowen, John T., approximately 1801-1856?
    Bremner (D.) & Co. Lith.
    Britton & Co.
    Britton & Rey.
    Brooklyn Land and Building Co.
    Brotherhead, William.
    Browning, A. E.
    Bryant, Gridley James Fox, 1816-1899 (architect)
    Buckman, Bowen, 1788-1864.
    Burleigh Litho.
    Burleigh, Charles Calistus, 1848-1882.
    Burleigh, L. R. (Lucien R.), 1853?-1923.
    Butler, J. M. (John M.)
    C.H. Vogt & Son.
    C.H. Vogt (Firm)
    Calvert Lithographing Co. (Detroit, Mich.)
    Cameron, John, approximately 1828-.
    Campbell, A. J., active 1860.
    Campbell, Robert, active 1806-1831.
    Cattier, F. L.
    Charles Shober & Co.
    Chas. H. Crosby & Co.
    Chicago Lithographing Co.
    Chillas, David.
    Clark & Kenitzer.
    Clarke, C., active 1872-1873.
    Clarke, Wm. M. (Lithographer)
    Collier & Cleaveland Lith. Co.
    Collins & Autenrieth.
    Compton & Company.
    Concordia Publishing House.
    Condit, W. J.
    Corrie's Detroit Lithographic Office.
    Crawford & Parsons.
    Cropsey, Jasper Francis, 1823-1900.
    Crump Label Co.
    Currier & Ives.
    Currier, Charles, 1818-1887.
    D.W. Kellogg & Co.
    Degen, Geo.
    Dennington, Clement L.
    Denver Lith. Co.
    Deroy, Laurent, 1797-1886.
    Devereux, George T., approximately 1810-.
    Donaldson Litho. Co.
    Dreser, William, approximately 1820-.
    E. Herrlein's Lith.
    E. Sachse & Co.
    E.B. & E.C. Kellogg (Firm)
    Edmund Foerster & Co.
    Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co.
    Eights, James, 1798-1882.
    Ells, Wm. (Printer)
    Ellsbury, George H., 1840-1900.
    Endicott & Co. (New York, N.Y.)
    Engel, W.
    Evershed, Thomas, 1817-1890.
    Fenderich, Charles.
    Ferd. Mayer & Sons.
    Field, B. W.
    Filkins, Henry.
    Firks, Henry.
    Fishbourne's Litho C.
    Fogerty, J. J.
    Fowler & Bailey.
    Fowler, O. R.
    Fowler, T. M. (Thaddeus Mortimer), 1842-1922.
    Franklin Square Lithograph Company.
    Friend & Aub.
    Frizzell, S. S. (Samuel S.), 1843-1895.
    Furrer, R. (Printer)
    G.T. Brown & Co. Lith.
    Geo. H. Walker & Co.
    Geo. Schlegel (Firm).
    Gies & Co.
    Glover, E. S. (Eli Sheldon), 1844-1920.
    Gordon & Lees.
    Goupil & Cie.
    Goupil, Vibert & Co.
    Granger, Charles H., active 1840-1860.
    Graphic Company.
    Great Divide Pub. Co. (copyright claimant)
    Green, Vernon, active 1874.
    H.H. Bailey & Co.
    H.J. Toudy & Co.
    H.S. Crocker & Co.
    H.W. Burgett & Co.
    Hall & Mooney.
    Hamilton, J. R., active 1852-1866.
    Hamilton, James, 1819-1878.
    Haskell & Allen.
    Hastings & Parker.
    Hatch & Co.
    Hayward, George, approximately 1800-
    Hazen, J. C.
    Henderson, John N.
    Henry Seibert & Bros.
    Heppenheimer, Frederick, -1876.
    Herline & Hensel.
    Hess, B.
    Hill, Charles G.
    Hill, J. W. (John William), 1812-1879.
    Hill, M. S.
    Himpler, Francis G., 1833-1916.
    Hobson, R. H., active 1829-1834.
    Hoffmann, V., 1834-.
    Holland, John Joseph, approximately 1776-1820 (attributed name)
    Holloway, F.
    Horace Thayer & Co.
    Hubbard, Richard William.
    Hunckel & Son.
    Hunt, Richard Morris, 1828-1895.
    J. Knauber & Co.
    J.H. Bufford's Lith.
    J.H. Bufford's Sons Lith.
    J.H. Mahler Company.
    Jaques, A. B.
    Jones & Newman.
    Jones & Potsdamer.
    Jones, W. H. (Auctioneer)
    Julius Bien & Co.
    Keller & Fletcher.
    Kellogg, Elijah Chapman, 1811-1881.
    Kelsey, C.
    Kiehn, J., 1835-1869.
    Klauprech & Menzel.
    Knight, Frederick K.
    Kollner, Augustus, 1813-1906.
    Kuchel, Charles Conrad, 1820-.
    Kurz & Allison.
    L. Prang & Co.
    Lane, Fitz Henry, 1804-1865.
    Langley, Langley & Burke.
    Lapham, J. M.
    Le Moulnier, I. F.
    Leuthner, Frederick, -approximately 1890.
    Locher, J. H.
    MacBrair & Sons.
    Magnus, Charles.
    Mason Publishing Association.
    Mason, William G.
    Mathews, Alfred Edward, 1831-1874.
    Matter, C.
    Melville, George W., 1856-1928.
    Merchant's Lithographing Company.
    Michelin, Francis, 1809 or 10-1878.
    Middleton, Strobridge & Co.
    Miehle Printing Press & Mfg. Co.
    Milbourne, C.
    Mills, Robert, 1781-1855.
    Milwaukee Lith. & Engr. Co.
    Moore & De Pue.
    Moore, E. S.
    Moran, Thomas, 1837-1926.
    Moray, John, 1831-.
    Moyer, James B.
    Murrell, James H.
    Myers, Elijah E., 1832-1909.
    Nagel & Weingärtner.
    Neumann, Louis E.
    Norris, George E.
    O.H. Bailey & Co.
    O'Donnell, Charles.
    Orcutt Litho Co.
    P.S. Duval & Son.
    Packard, Herbert S.
    Parker, Edwd.
    Parsons & Atwater.
    Parsons, Charles, 1821-1910.
    Pease, Richard H., 1813-1869.
    Pendleton's Lithography.
    Pierce, B. W. (Bruce Wellington), 1859-1947.
    Platen, C.
    Poole & Norris.
    Poole, A. F.
    Powers, Thomas E., 1808-1876 (builder)
    Prang & Mayer.
    Rease & Schell.
    Rease, W. H.
    Robert Teufel & Co.
    Robertson, Seibert & Shearman.
    Robinson, Henry R., -1850.
    Rogers, Isaiah, 1800-1869.
    Rogers, W. C. (Lithographer)
    Root & Tinker.
    Rosenthal, L. N. (Louis N.)
    Rosenthal, Max, 1833-1918.
    Ruger & Stoner.
    Ruger, A., 1829-1899.
    Sage, Sons & Co.
    Sarony & Major.
    Sarony, Napoleon, 1821-1896.
    Schile, H. (Henry)
    Schoen, August.
    Schwegler, J.
    Serrell & Perkins.
    Serrell, Edward W. (Edward Wellman), 1826-.
    Silloway, Thomas W. (Thomas William), 1828-1910 (architect)
    Simpson, J. G. (Printer)
    Sintzenich, Edward.
    Sloan & Stewart.
    Sloan, Samuel, 1815-1884 (architect)
    Smith, B. F. (Benjamin F.), 1830-1927
    Spooner Brothers.
    Starkweather, N. G. (Norris Garshom), 1818-1885.
    Stayman & Brother.
    Stilson, J.
    Stinger, W.
    Strobridge Lithographing Company.
    Swasey, W. F. (William F.)
    Swinton, Frederick J.
    T. Sinclair's Lith.
    Tappan & Bradford.
    Taylor, T. (artist)
    Tholey, Charles P., -1898.
    Tidd, M. M., 1827-1895.
    Valentine, D. T. (David Thomas), 1801-1869.
    W. Endicott & Co.
    W. J. Morgan & Co.
    W. Stephenson & Co.
    Wagner & M'Guigan.
    Walker Lith. & Pub. Co.
    Walton, Henry.
    Warner, C. L.
    Watson, John Frampton.
    Waud, William, -1878.
    Weidenmann, Jacob, 1829-1893.
    Weik, John.
    Weingartner, A.
    Whitefield, Edwin, 1816-1892.
    Wiltsie & Hess.
    Woodward, Grant, & Co.
    Wright & Sanders.
    Yale & Evans.
    Young, Ammi B. (Ammi Burnham), 1799-1874 (architect)