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Finding Aid for the Souvenir d'Algérie Portfolios, 1889
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • 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