Frances Benjamin Johnston and Thomas W. Smillie Glass Plate Negatives, 1889-1906
Johnston, Frances Benjamin 1864-1952
Smillie, T. W (Thomas William) 1843-1917
MacCormack, Forrest (intern)
Talman, Hugh (photographer)
Domestic Life, Division of (NMAH, SI)
World's Columbian Exposition 1893 : Chicago, Ill
Silver gelatin photonegatives, 17" x 20" and 20" x 24", on glass
Silver gelatin, resin-coated paper contact prints
2 cu. ft. : 7 boxes
Origin and provenance of some of the photographs is uncertain, although the photographers are probably Thomas W. Smillie of the Smithsonian or Frances Benjamin Johnston, who was his protege at about this time.
The collection contains twenty glass plate negatives and associated reference copy prints of the images taken between the late 1880s and early 1900s by Frances Benjamin Johnston and Thomas W. Smillie. The images depict the skyline of Washington, D.C., views from tthe 1893 World's Fair: Columbian Exposition, blueprints for the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, and an unidentified orchestra.
The creation of the negatives and the government photographic project to document the exposition, as well as the later dispersal of the photographs among several repositories is described by Julie K. Brown in "Recovering Representation: U.S. Government Photographers at the World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893," PROLOGUE : Quarterly of the National Archives and Records Administration, Fall 1997, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 218-231
Frances Benjamin Johnston and Thomas W. Smillie Glass Plate Negatives, 1889-1906, Archives Center, National Museum of American History