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Gove y North Photographs of Mexico
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  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: Department of Special Collections and University Archives
    Title: Gove y North photographs of Mexico
    source: Harper, Ida Husted, Mrs.
    source: Plumb, Edward Lee
    Creator: Gove y North
    Creator: North, F.E.
    Creator: Gove, Otis M. (Otis Meader), 1851-1931
    Identifier/Call Number: MSS.PHOTO.0196
    Identifier/Call Number: 27195
    Physical Description: .5 Linear Feet (63 prints)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1870-1884
    Language of Material: Most images contain printed captions in Spanish. English captions written in ink on reverse.

    Scope and Contents

    63 cabinet cards produced by the firm of Gove y North. Otis M. Gove and F. E. North operated a photography studio in Mexico City from about 1870 to 1884, although about half of these prints contain an imprint crediting North alone.
    Each mounted albumen print measures 5"x 8.5" with gold edges and the studio's imprint (along with "Fotografia Americana") stamped on the reverse. There is some variation in printed caption handwriting and a few are uncaptioned. All have handwritten descriptions/translations on reverse - these have been transcribed in brackets. Most cards are warped due to the print seizing up.
    About fourteen images depict completed railroad construction projects such as bridges, trestles, and stations. This collection was received in 1915 in the papers of Edward Lee Plumb but were cataloged separately. Plumb was a diplomat, railroad promoter, and vice president of the Mexican International Railroad Company.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Transferred from the Edward Lee Plumb Papers, 1856-1912 (M0149): https://oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/tf0779n4bf/

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Railroads -- Mexico -- History
    Mexico -- History -- Photographs
    Harper, Ida Husted, Mrs.
    Plumb, Edward Lee