MS 474 - Samuel H. Sterner Negative Collection
|Title||MS 474 - Samuel H. Sterner Negative Collection|
The Samuel H. Sterner Negative Collection consists of nineteen 4 x 5 inch and one hundred sixty-two 5 x 7 inch glass plate negatives produced by Sterner in the early twentieth century in the Findlay, Ohio area, using a 6.3 Goertz lens and a double extension bellows view camera.
The negatives were donated to the Center for Archival Collections on December 12, 1986 by Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur D. Sterner, Findlay, Ohio. This register was prepared by Marilyn Levinson, Curator of Manuscripts, Center for Archival Collections, May 1989. No restrictions exist on the use of this collection.
Samuel Henry Sterner, one of nine children of Emanuel and Louisa Weitz Sterner, was born in 1875. He married twice, first to May Hannah Dalbey, and in 1921 to Esther Lewis. He had a son from the first marriage, and a daughter from the second. He died on November 21, 1961 in Findlay, Ohio.
|Scope and Content|
The Samuel H. Sterner Negative Collection consists of nineteen 4 x 5 inch and one hundred sixty-two 5 x 7 inch glass plate negatives. As the work of an amateur photographer active in the early twentieth century, the collection provides a view of life around the Findlay, Ohio area. While most of the pictures are family-related shots showing houses, family activities, and individual portraits, there are a number of good views of farm life, houses, activities, at the Ohio State University (where Sterner attended school), and a few glimpses of activities around Findlay, Ohio.
Some of the more interesting items in the collection include a shot of a group of traveling entertainers, LaBelle Rosa and her Oriental Troupe of Dancers (complete with camels); some room interiors, including a parlor and a bedroom; humorous pictures of family members wearing costume noses and ears; and a photograph of workmen painting the cornice on a house, taken from the same level as the scaffold.
Due to poor storage of the negatives in the past, there is some emulsion damage on some of the plates in the collection. Also, the quality of the sharpness and clarity of the photographs is sometimes quite uneven. However, many of the plates are good, with details that can be enlarged without too much loss of resolution. Most of the photographs have identification, although without definite dates.
NEGATIVES. (4 x 5 inch glass plate format).
NEGATIVES. (5 x 7 inch glass plate format).
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