Gus L. Wolf Photograph Collection, ca. 1880-1900

Gus L. Wolf Photograph Collection, ca. 1880-1900

Finding Aid

Collection No. P29
D.C. Community Archives


The collection was a gift of Gus L. Wolf, via the Freer Gallery of Art, in December 1991. Mr. Wolf donated these images, along with images from his trip to Asia, to the Freer in July 1989, however the Photographs of Washington, and other areas, did not fit the scope of their collection. Subsequently, Archivist Colleen Hennessey at the Freer contacted Washingtoniana and arranged for their transfer the D.C. Community Archives with the full permission of Mr. Wolf.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of 27 glass plate negatives and corresponding 8x10 black & white prints, dating from circa 1880 thru 1900. Image subjects include the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, The U.S. Capitol, Lafayette Park, Mount Vernon, and the Petersen House. Additionally there are several images of what is believed to be the Potomac River, as well as a number of unidentifiable locations.

Processing Procedures

The Freer Gallery of Art made the prints after the receipt of the collection in 1989. Prints were grouped together according to subject and numbers were assigned to each print. Prints were then placed in protective sleeves and put into acid-free folders. The folders were housed in and archival box and placed in the DC Community Archives for long-term storage. Each glass plate negative was assigned a corresponding number and placed in a four-flap paper envelope. The envelopes were housed in an archival box and placed in the Negative Storage Cabinet for long-term storage.


There are no restrictions on viewing the prints from collection. Patrons will NOT be granted access to the glass plate negatives without permission of the archivist. All photographs are in the “public domain,” therefore there are no restrictions on reproduction. Reproductions should appear with the proper attribution indicating that the photograph is housed in the Gus L. Wolf Photograph Collection and indicate that they appear “courtesy of the Washingtoniana Division, DC Public Library.”

Box 1

Folder 1 Library of Congress 5 images
Folder 2 Statues  3 images
Folder 3 U.S. Capitol  3 images
Folder 4 Mount Vernon 3 images
Folder 5 Potomac River? 5 images
Folder 6 Petersen House 1 images
Folder 7 Unknown 6 images

Prepared by Mark S. Greek, Photo Archivist, September 2006

DC Public Library, Special Collections
DC Community Archives
901 G Street NW, Room 307
Washington, D.C.  20001

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