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INVENTORY OF THE JOSEPH BAIRD COLLECTION OF 19TH-CENTURY ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHS, circa 1870-1920
88.R.8  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Additional Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Joseph Baird collection of 19th-century architectural photographs
    Dates: circa 1870-1920
    Collection number: 88.R.8
    Collector: Baird, Joseph Armstrong
    Extent: 64 boxes (circa 1663 items)
    Repository: Getty Research Institute
    Research Library
    Special Collections and Visual Resources
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, CA 90049-1688
    Abstract: Assembled over a forty-year period by photography curator Joseph Armstrong Baird, Jr. (1922-1992) this collection contains circa 1663 photographs of architecture and urban views in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Mexico and Hawaii in North America. Most of the photographs date from the late nineteenth-century, although a few are early twentieth-century prints.
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    Language: Collection material is in English

    Administrative Information

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    Open for use by qualified researchers.

    Publication Rights

    Preferred Citation

    Joseph Baird collection of 19th-century architectural photographs, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 88.R.8.

    Acquisition Information

    Received in several acquisitions, 1988, 1992, 1993.

    Processing History

    Processed by Hillary Brown, with later additions processed and added to the finding aid by Beth Guynn.

    Additional Information

    Series I and II descriptions include some or all of the following information for photographs:
    • Cutter Number
    • Physical Description
    • Caption
    • Content description, if not obvious from title, caption
    • Photographer
    • Negative Number
    • Process
    • Size
    Cutter Number:
    The material is organized by Cutter Number and is first divided by continent (Africa, Asia, Europe), and then by country (Algeria, Egypt, South Africa), according to modern English place names. Within a country items are organized alphabetically by city/site. The last part of the Cutter number is the item number within the country. These numbers refer to items or sheets and not always individual photographs; some items contain several photographs.
    Example: E85. G3.56 = Europe, Germany, item 56.
    Physical Description:
    This line is included after the Cutter number when the item contains more than one photograph or image.
    Example: Loose album leaf with 3 photographs.
    Caption:
    Captions enclosed in quotation marks are handwritten captions. Otherwise, captions are printed on front or back of photographs. An ellipsis […] after a caption indicates a lengthy description of the site. Information enclosed in brackets is from the cataloguer. If the caption does not clearly indicate the country, site, and subject, this information is indicated in brackets. A brief description may also be included. Caption may be one or several lines.
    Negative Number:
    A number enclosed in quotation marks indicates a handwritten negative or collection number. Negative numbers, where they exist, are printed on the front or back of photograph; in some instances a negative or collection number is handwritten on the photograph.
    Process:
    Most of the photographs in series I and II are albumen prints. This line appears only to indicate a process other than albumen.
    Size:
    Size units are centimeters, height x width.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Joseph Armstrong Baird, Jr. was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1922. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College in 1945 and an M.A. and a Ph.D from Harvard University in 1947 and 1951. His area of expertise was in Californian and Mexican art and architecture.
    Baird taught at the University of Toronto from 1949-1953. He then taught at the University of California at Davis from 1953-1985. Baird also served as a visiting professor at the University of Mexico, the University of Southern California, and at the University of Oregon.
    Baird worked extensively in museum settings. During the 1960's and early 70's, Baird worked as art curator and later as art consultant for the California Historical Society in San Francisco.
    From 1972-1985, Baird was founder and owner of the North Point Gallery in San Francisco which specialized in works by American artists and rare photographs. Some of his published works include The Churches of Mexico 1530-1810, 1962, Time's Wondrous Changes: San Francisco Architecture 1776-1915 , 1962, and The West Remembered: Artists and Images 1837-1973, 1973, as well as numerous articles, reviews, and exhibition catalogues.
    In 1985, Baird retired from teaching and sold the North Point Gallery. He died at the age of 70 in Tiburon, California in 1992.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Assembled over a forty-year period by Joseph Armstrong Baird, Jr. (1922-1992), this collection contains ca. 1663 photographs of architecture and urban views. Most of the photographs date from the late nineteenth-century, although a few are early twentieth-century prints.
    The collection spans several continents and dozens of countries. The majority of the photographs depict buildings and cities in Europe, especially the countries Italy, France, Germany, and Great Britain. Other countries featured include Africa: Algeria, Egypt and South Africa; Asia: China, Hong Kong, Japan, and India; Europe: Austria, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Greece, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey; Middle East: Jordan; Lebanon; and Syria; and North America: Mexico and Hawaii.
    Subject matter includes exterior and interior views of religious buildings, palaces, government buildings, and theaters, as well as panoramas of towns and cities and views of streets and plazas. Urban views include images of streets and plazas and panoramas of cities and towns. International expositions and the Paris Commune are among other subjects documented in the collection.
    The photographs, most of which are albumens, were taken by professional photographic studios and include such names as Alinari, Amodio, F. and O. Brockmann, the London Stereoscopic Company, Quinet, Sébah and Joallier, and George Washington Wilson. Many of the prints include a negative number. Many of the photographs are annotated, some by Baird.

    Arrangement

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Architecture, Ancient—Greece
    Architecture, Ancient—Italy
    Architecture, Ancient—Jordan
    Architecture, Ancient—Lebanon
    Architecture, Ancient—Syria
    Architecture, Baroque—Italy
    Architecture—France—19 thcentury
    Architecture—Great Britain--19 th century
    Architecture, Medieval—Italy
    Architecture, Renaissance—Italy

    Subjects - Places

    China—Buildings, structures, etc.
    Europe—Buildings, structures, etc.
    Italy—Buildings, structures, etc.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Photographic prints
    Photographs, Original

    Contributors

    Quinet, Achille
    Wilson, George Washington, 1823-1893
    F. & O. Brockmann (Firm)
    Fratelli Alinari
    London Stereoscopic Company
    Sebah & Joaillier