Glass lantern slides, negatives,
photographic albums, notebooks, travelogues, and miscellaneous artifacts that document
DeCou's travels in five continents and subsequent travel lecture tours ca.
Photographer and travelogue lecturer Branson DeCou journeyed the world for thirty years
before his death in 1941 at the relatively young age of 49. He was born October 20, 1892, in
Philadelphia, a city with a long history of photographic invention, from the pioneer
Langenheim brothers to the work of Thomas Eakins. The city also has a tradition of
collecting and publishing photographs--the Library Company of Philadelphia, American's
oldest cultural institution, had exceptional holdings of photographic works well before
1900--as well as active associations for professionals and amateurs such as the Philadelphia
Photographic Exchange Club and the Philadelphia Photographic Society.
112 Linear Feet
79 boxes, 25 drawers, 5 items
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