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493.01   Improving content on US states
493.02   Timothy O'Sullivan: A council of war at Massaponax Church, VA (21 May 1864)
493.03   Francis Benjamin Johnston: Hampton Album (1899-1900)
This theme includes example sections and will be revised and added to as we proceed. Suggestions for additions, improvements and the correction of factual errors are always appreciated.
Information requests 
493.01   North and Central America >  Improving content on US states 
We are seeking to extend the information and examples we can share on this American state.
  • The introduction of photography - The earliest known photographs of this state/territory and who was involved.
  • Documentary - Significant documentary, expedition or scientific studies - funded by government, industrial, religious groups or charities. Perhaps there have been studies of civil engineering projects, urban renewal and railroad construction. If you know where images can be obtained from let us know.
  • Regional photographic societies - Details on any societies and camera clubs that have been significant.
  • Publications - Local books, directories, journals and articles which you consider are significant in understanding this region. Particularly interested in early illustrated books, portfolios and albums. Images of the covers are useful.
  • Photographic studios - Both historic and contemporary studios along with photographs of them and any photography-related advertising .
  • Photographers - Listings and biographies of important local photographers and those who visited.
  • Anecdotes - Stories about local photographers, studios, collectors or perhaps the story behind a single photograph.
  • Collections - Contact details for collections that you know contain work that should be better known. Are there collections that you know which are at risk? If you own photography collections let us know (This will not be made public without your permission.)
  • Newspapers / magazines - Early examples where their use of photography was innovative or historically significant.
  • Photography in popular culture - Cartoons, tales, songs, poems, superstitions and stories.
  • Unusual - Is there anything unusual that you know about in the history of photography of this region?
  • Experts - Names of any specialists in the photo-history of this state. Have you written about this state and have something you would like to share? (This will not be made public without your permission and please include yourself if you feel it is appropriate.)
These points are indicative of topics that could be included on this page.
If you are able to assist in any way it is appreciated.
493.02   North and Central America >  Timothy O'Sullivan: A council of war at Massaponax Church, VA (21 May 1864) 
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During the American Civil War (1861-1864) at about noon on 21st May 1864 the Army of the Potomac with Generals U.S. Grant and George Mead arrived at Massaponax Church, on Telegraph Road (Virginia, in Spotsylvania County). During a brief stay a Council of War was held and photographed by Timothy O'Sullivan[1] through a window from the gallery in the nearby Massaponax Church.
The people included in the photographs are:
General U.S. Grant
General George Meade
Secretary of War Charles Dana
Chief of Staff John A. Rawlins
   Timothy H  Osullivan 
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493.03   North and Central America >  Francis Benjamin Johnston: Hampton Album (1899-1900) 
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In 1899 Francis Benjamin Johnston was commissioned by Hollis Burke Frissell to photograph the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute in Hampton, Virginia.[2] This school of African Americans and Native Americans students had been founded in 1868 following the American Civil War (1861-1865) to provide education to freedmen. This series of photographs captures the everyday life of the school and was shown at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900. 

  1. Λ Alexander Gardner, 2003, Gardnerís Photographic Sketchbook of the American Civil War, (New York: Delano Greenidge) includes some of the most famous photographs taken by Timothy O'Sullivan of the American Civil War. 
  2. Λ Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, Hampton, Virginia - Library of Congress
    [Photographs by Francis Benjamin Johnston] Afro-American students in laboratories and liberal arts and agricultural science classes. Vocational education, including shipbuilding at Newport News, farming, carpentry, and home economics activities. Whittier Primary School classes. Group portraits of student organizations and band. Buildings, campus, and rural life in surrounding area.
    (Accessed: 12 May 2014)


HomeContents > Further research

General reading 
1901, Illustrated Greetings from Richmond, Virginia, (Cincinnati: T. Jones) [Includes photographs by George S. Cook] [Δ
1905, City of Richmond, 1905; Of Historic Fame, of Great Commercial Prestige, (Richmond, VA: Hermitage Press) [Includes photographs by Cook] [Δ
Frassinato, William A., 1983, Grant and Lee: The Virginia Campaigns, 1864-1865, (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons) isbn-10: 0684178737 isbn-13: 978-0684178738 [Δ
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
A. Aubrey Bodine 
Bodine, A. Audrey, [1963], Face of Virginia, (Baltimore) [1st edition] [Δ
George S. Cook 
Kocher, A. Lawrence & Dearstyne, Howard, 1954, Shadows in Silver: A Record of Virginia, 1850-1900, In Contemporary Photographs Taken by George and Huestis Cook, with Additions from the Cook Collection, (New York: Scribner) [Δ
Builder Levy 
Levy, Builder, 2014, Appalachia USA: Photographs, 1968-2009, (David R. Godine) isbn-13: 978-1567925081 [Δ
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George S. Cook  (1819-1902) • Huestis P. Cook  (1868-1951) • Builder Levy
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