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Finding Aid of Algerian Cartes-de-Visite Album, circa 1865
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Algerian Cartes-de-Visite Album
    Date (inclusive): circa 1865
    Number: 91.R.6
    Creator/Collector: Alary & Geiser
    Physical Description: 1.0 album(s) (33 photographic prints)
    The Getty Research Institute
    Special Collections
    1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
    Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
    (310) 440-7390
    Abstract: An album produced for a French public, documenting Algerian architecture and indigenous people.
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    Language: Collection material is in French

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Alary & Geiser was a photographic firm of long standing in Algiers. The business was possibly begun by Lucien-Jacob Geiser (1810-1852), an ébeniste by trade, who immigrated to Algeria from Switzerland with his wife Julie and three sons in 1850. Jean-Baptiste Antoine Alary (1810-c. 1867), an early daguerreotypist, probably became involved with the business after the death of Geiser père. Eventually the youngest Geiser son, Jean-Théophile (1848-1923) became involved with the business, running it into the 1920s.

    Administrative Information


    Open for use by qualified researchers.

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    Preferred Citation

    Algerian cartes-de-visite album, circa 1865, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 91.R.6.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired in 1991.

    Processing History

    Processed and cataloged by Beth Guynn; finding aid encoded by Holly Larson with grant funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

    Scope and Content of Collection

    This album of albumen cartes-de-visite was produced for a French public and documents Algerian architecture and a variety of indigenous people in both portraits and in more natural outdoor settings. Subjects include architectural interiors and exteriors, nomadic camps with tents and camels, a chess game, Islamic women (veiled garb, odalisques, dancers, pantalooned figures), and Islamic males (laborers, a water porter, horses and riders, a boy in ceremonial dress, a merchant).
    This album is bound in dark green leather; brass clasps are missing but the latches remain. Captions are transcribed as on album mounts in pencil except where noted.


    In original order.

    Indexing Terms

    Subjects - Topics

    Exoticism in art
    Islamic architecture--Algeria
    Nomads--Africa, North
    Vernacular architecture--Algeria

    Subjects - Places

    Algeria--Description and travel

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Albumen prints--Algeria--19th century
    Cartes-de-visite--Algeria--19th century
    Studio portraits--Algeria--19th century