Box 2, Glass Plate Negatives, File 3
Scope and Contents
70 linear inches of glass plate negatives, positives, and plastic film (could be nitrate?).
The Wharton Huber collection (1896-1939) is a diverse collection of images spanning most of Huber’s life. It includes images of Huber’s expedition to Nicaragua, wildlife from across the United States, Huber’s friends and family, landscapes, portraits, and studies of plants. The collection consists of black and white glass negatives and positives, film negatives, and black and white prints. Many of the prints are folded over as though they were intended to be greeting cards.
The subjects of the collection encompass Huber’s personal life including his friends, family, dormitory at college, and house; his 1922 expedition to Nicaragua and the people, plants, buildings, animals, and boats from there; landscapes, wildlife, and people from his trips from to the American Southwest from 1927 to 1939 including the Mescalero Apache and Pueblo Native American Reservations in New Mexico, a number of towns such as Monterey in California, the Bear Salt Marshes in Utah, Wyoming, Texas, and Arizona; studies of birds and plants from Pennsylvania and New Jersey; a number of museum exhibits at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Wistar Institute of anatomy; Huber preparing specimens; hunting expedition; and numerous other images of unidentified people and places.
The bulk of the images of Nicaragua can be found in the mini-boxes, where as most of the images of the expeditions to the Southwest of the United States can be found amongst the loose glass negatives. Additionally, the majority of the mini-boxes and prints have very little information tied to them, but a good number of the loose negatives can often be found in vintage envelopes specifying the location and subjects of the images. Some of the prints appear to have been postcards or greeting cards and have messages on the back or inside them usually from or to the Hubers.
From the Collection: 70 linear_inches (Ten 5-inch document cases, two 5-inch fliptop photo boxes, two 5-inch shoeboxes)
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English