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Nathalie Bailey Morris photographs of American Gothic Revival architecture, 1853-1937, bulk 1933-1934

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 3460635 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Morris, Alletta Nathalie Lorillard Bailey, 1887-1935 ; Howells, John Mead, 1868-1959 ; Champenois, J. J ; Stokes, I. N. Phelps (Isaac Newton Phelps), 1867-1944 ; Mayer, Grace M ; Stearns, Robert B ; Austin, Emma Clifton ; Kolff, Cornelius G
Title Nathalie Bailey Morris photographs of American Gothic Revival architecture, 1853-1937, bulk 1933-1934
Physical Description 0.25 linear feet of paper materials;
Language(s) English
Access

This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Arrangement

Organization and Arrangement

This collection is organized in four series: Mounted Photographs; Ringbound Photographs; Loose Images; and Papers.

Description

Scope and Content

The collection includes 1134 images (photographs and postcards, with some duplicates) of approximately 60 buildings, including some earlier photographs, plans, and renderings that Morris copied to add context to her own contemporary photographs. Of properties with identified architects, the great majority were designed by Alexander Jackson Davis, with a few examples of the work of Richard Upjohn, James Renwick, and several other lesser-known architects. Major sites depicted include Lyndhurst, Tarrytown, N.Y.; Fonthill Castle, Bronx, N.Y.; Lovat, Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.; Hurst-Pierrepont, Garrison, N.Y.; Belvoir, Yonkers, N.Y.; Beechwood, Yonkers, N.Y.; Mount Ida, Troy, N.Y., Llewellyn Park, Orange, N.J.; and Malbone, Newport, R.I. Some 18th-century buildings, and one 17th-century building (the Christopher Billop House, near Tottenville, Staten Island, built circa 1699), are also depicted.

Also included is correspondence to Morris about her research from Emma Clifton Austin; J. J. Champenois; John Mead Howells; Cornelius G. Kolff; Grace M. Mayer (Museum of the City of New York); Renwick, Aspinwall & Guard; Robert B. Sterns; and Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes; as well as several published articles and Morris' own research notes. Lastly, of special interest are nine photographs of the official opening of the George Washington Bridge in 1931.

  • Series 1: Mounted Photographs

    N. B. Numbers in parentheses indicate quantity of duplicate prints.

  • Series 2: Ringbound Photographs

    Two binders, A and B, were compiled by Morris and contain 170 individual black and white photographic prints and black and white and color postcards of varying sizes, cornered in pages, with brief descriptions of the properties, architects, and owners. In addition to Morris's own photography, images include views, renderings, and plans from other sources. Many photographs and views are dated.

  • Series 3: Loose Images

    Items are gelatin silver photographic prints, unless otherwise noted.

  • Series 4: Papers

Using the Collection

Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for use by appointment in the Department of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. For further information and to make an appointment, please email avery-drawings@library.columbia.edu.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Permission to publish must be obtained in writing from the Director, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, 1172 Amsterdam Ave., MC 0301, New York, NY 10027.

Preferred Citation

Nathalie Bailey Morris photographs of American Gothic Revival architecture. Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

Related Collections

See also the Alexander Jackson Davis architectural drawings and papers, the Richard Upjohn and Richard Michell Upjohn architectural drawings, and the Leslie O. Merrill Collection of Greek Revival in Syracuse held in the Department of Drawings and Archives at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Libraries.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Annemarie van Roessel, Archivist, Dept. of Drawings & Archives, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, in January 2008.

Revision Description

2007-11-14 File created.

2009-07-23 File revised.

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Photoprints Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Postcards Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Architecture, Domestic -- New Jersey Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture, Domestic -- New York (State) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture, Domestic -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Architecture, Domestic -- Pennsylvania Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Beechwood (Yonkers, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Belvoir (Yonkers, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buildings -- New Jersey Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buildings -- New York (State) -- Garrison Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buildings -- New York (State) -- Hastings on Hudson Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buildings -- New York (State) -- Irvington Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buildings -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buildings -- New York (State) -- Troy Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buildings -- New York (State) -- Westchester County Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buildings -- New York (State) -- Yonkers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Buildings -- Pennsylvania Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Christopher Billop House (Staten Island, New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Davis, Alexander Jackson, 1803-1892 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dwellings -- New York (State) -- New York Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Fonthill Castle (Bronx, New York, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hurst Pierrepont (Garrison, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lovat (Hasting-on-Hudson, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lyndhurst (Tarrytown, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Mount Ida (Troy, N.Y.) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, Aspinwall & Guard (Firm) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Renwick, James, 1818-1895 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Stagg, David I., 1816-1886 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Upjohn, Richard, 1802-1878 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wells, Joseph C Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Women photographers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Alletta Nathalie Lorillard Bailey Morris (1883-1935) was born to a socially prominent New York City family and in her adult life was active in civic and charity work. She was also an amateur architectural historian and photographer, particularly dedicated to documenting works of 19th-century American Gothic Revival architecture in the Mid-Atlantic and New England states. Her interest may have been spurred in part by the summer house she and her husband, Lewis Gouverneur Morris, owned in Newport, Rhode Island. A large villa in the Gothic Revival style"Malbone" was designed in 1848-1850 by noted American architect Alexander Jackson Davis. From the 1910s through the early 1930s, Morris was driven by her husband or chauffeur to many notable sites of Gothic Revival architecture so that she could photograph extant conditions.