Finding Aid for Views of Belém, Brazil, circa 1870-1879

Beth Guynn

Descriptive Summary

Title: Views of Belém, Brazil
Date (inclusive): circa 1870-1879
Number: 95.R.51
Physical Description: 16 photographic prints
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
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Los Angeles 90049-1688
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Abstract: Sixteen photographs by an unknown photographer document the northern Brazilian port city of Belém in the 1870s.
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Language: Collection material is in English

Biographical/Historical Note

The photographs in this collection were taken in Brazil by an unknown photographer, probably in the 1870s.

Administrative Information


Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Views of Belém, Brazil, circa 1870-1879, Getty Research Institute, Research Library, Accession no. 95.R.51

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1995.

Processing History

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

Scope and Content of Collection

Views of the waterfront and docks predominate in this collection of 16 albumen prints by an unidentified photographer documenting the northern Brazilian port city of Belém (then known as Pará), center of the Amazonian rubber boom in the late 19th century. Other images show buildings (Teatro da Paz, Portuguese hospital, commercial bank, convent, bathhouse) and street views (Rua do Imperador, Rua do Conselheiro).
Photographs are mounted recto and verso on eight sheets. The former name of the city, Pará, is written on all of the mounts below the images, in eight instances with additional description. These captions have been used as image titles. Titles for the remaining eight images are devised.


Arranged by cataloger.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Topics

Waterfronts -- Brazil -- Belém
Docks -- Brazil -- Belém

Subjects - Places

Belém (Brazil) -- Description and travel
Belém (Brazil) -- Buildings, structures, etc.

Genres and Forms of Material

Albumen prints -- Brazil -- Belém -- 19th century

Container List

box 1

95.R.51-1a [Pará. Harbor with Ships]

box 1

95.R.51-1b [Pará. Rua do Conselheiro João Alfredo]

Scope and Content Note

Looking towards cathedral.
box 1

95.R.51-2a Pará, View from River Amazon

box 1

95.R.51-2b Pará, Landing Pier

box 1

95.R.51-3a [Pará. View towards Docks]

box 1

95.R.51-3b Pará, Convent

box 1

95.R.51-4a [Pará. View towards Docks]

box 1

95.R.51-4b Pará, Portuguese Hospital

box 1

95.R.51-5a Pará, Fish Market

box 1

95.R.51-5b [Pará. Convent]

box 1

95.R.51-6a Pará, Rua do Imperador

box 1

95.R.51-6b [Pará. Commercial Street]

box 1

95.R.51-7a [Pará. View]

Scope and Content Note

Possibly view with largo.
box 1

95.R.51-7b Pará, Commercial Bank

box 1

95.R.51-8a Pará, Theatre

Scope and Content Note

Teatro da Paz, Largo da Pólvara.
box 1

95.R.51-8b Pará, a Bathhouse