Joseph C. Farber Papers and Photographs, ca. 1930-1990 (bulk 1960-1990)
Farber, Joseph C. 1903-
Farber, Joan C. Dr
Jefferson, Thomas 1743-1826
Palladio, Andrea architect
Lincoln, Abraham 1809-1865
Raleigh's Tavern (Williamsburg, Va.)
Independence Hall (Philadelphia, Pa.)
United States Department of Agriculture
Color transparencies and negatives: Dye on film
Photoprints: Silver gelatin on paper, up to 11" x 14"
Photonegatives: Silver gelatin on film
Est. 15 cu. ft.: approx. 71 boxes, various sizes
New York (N.Y.)
Maison Carree (Nimes, France)
Villa Rotunda (Vicenza, Italy)
Farber became a photographer after retiring from business, 1960s.
Black-and-white negatives, black-and-white prints, and color transparencies, mostly created for specific book projects, articles in Antiques magazine, etc. Generally, color was used for magazine articles, while black-and-white images were intended for books. Collection also includes photographs of personal or family significance, and some early artistic efforts. Non-pictorial portion consists primarily of material related to Farber's publications: correspondence, galley proofs, reviews, etc.
Photographs include projects related to Thomas Jefferson (e.g., Monticello), classical architecture, Essex, Connecticut, etc. Buildings photographed include Raleigh's Tavern, Williamsburg, Va.; Independence Hall, Philadelphia; Maison Carree, Nimes, France; St. Paul's Chapel, Boston, Mass.; White House, Washington; New York City landmarks; sites in Springfield and New Salem, Ill., associated with Abraham Lincoln; historic buildings in Boston and Cambridge,Mass.; Hannibal, Mo.; Deerfield, Mass.; New England churches and meetinghouses; and buildings and objects from ancient Greece, which were published with excerpts from Herodotus' History of the Pelopponesian Wars (Farber called this group of images "Herodotus"); and Italian villas designed by Andrea Palladio, such as the Villa Rotunda. Some pictures relating to themes of democracy were inspired by the U.S. Bicentennial celebration.
Joseph Farber Papers and Photographs, ca. 1962-1990, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Dr. Joan C. Farber