Summary Information
Title: Papers of F. Theodore Wagner
Collection Number: MSS#388
Creator: Frederick Theodore Wagner
Collection Dates: c1903-1947
Collection Dates: (bulk 1903-1913)
Extent: 1.5 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Abstract:
Frederick Theodore Wagner was a photographer in Pittsburgh who began taking pictures in the early 1900's. He worked for the railroads. The collection includes Wagner's record books of photographs taken, catalogues for photographic equipment, photographic supplies, and Rand McNally maps.

Language:

The material in this collection is in English.

Repository:

Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania
Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
412-454-6364
library@hswp.org
http://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/libraryArchives.aspx

Sponsor:

This finding aid has been encoded as a part of the Historic Pittsburgh project a joint effort of the University of Pittsburgh and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Funding for this portion of the project has been donated by the Hillman Foundation.
Date Published:

Summer, 2003
Author:

This guide to the collection was originally prepared by Emily White on March 5, 2003. Revisions occurred to the finding aid as a part of the encoding process in Summer, 2003.
Encoder:

Encoded by Heather Lucas on August 14, 2003 from an existing finding aid. >Reviewed by Curator on
Revision Description:
July 1, 2006:
Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002

Biographical Sketch of Frederick Theodore Wagner (1870-1956)

Little is known about Frederick Theodore Wagner. Wagner was a photographer in Pittsburgh who began taking pictures in the early 1900s. He was born in Pittsburgh to August and Elizabeth Wagner who emigrated from Germany. He worked for the railroads.

F. Theodore Wagner married Elizabeth Margaret Smith (Margaret) on December 8, 1900. They had four children, Marguerite, Theodore, John, and Elizabeth before Margaret died in 1910. Theodore then remarried Anna Elizabeth Smith (Lizzie) and had two more children, August and Robert. He died in Wayne, PA on October 22, 1956..


Collection Scope and Content Note

The F. Theodore Wagner Papers are housed in three archival boxes and are arranged alphabetically by folder title. These papers include Wagner's record books of photographs taken, catalogues for photographic equipment, photographic supplies, and Rand McNally maps. The strength of this collection is the Negative record book and the Plate holder record book where Wagner recorded the photographs he took, the dates taken, and the subject. The other photographic materials are either the supplies used or supply catalogues and handbooks. The Rand McNally maps are for the 24 states from Nebraska to the end of the alphabet.


Controlled Access Terms
Topics
  • Art
  • Cameras
  • Cataloging of Pictures
  • Catalogs, Commercial
  • Lenses, Photographic
  • Maps
  • Photographers
  • Photographers -- Biography
  • Photographers -- Cataloging
  • Photographers -- Trimming, Mounting, etc.
  • Photographic Optics
  • Photographic Sensometry
  • Photography
  • Photography -- Apparatus and Supplies
  • Photography -- Developing and Developers
  • Photography -- Handbooks, Manuels, etc.
  • Photography -- Images, Photographic
  • Photography -- Negatives
  • Photography -- Plates
  • Records
Corporate Names
  • Rand McNally
Personal Names
  • Elizabeth Margaret Smith
  • Anna Elizabeth Smith
Locations
  • Wayne, PA.
Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Aquisition Information:

These items came in one accession in 2000.

Acc# 2000.0071 Gift of Mrs. Aline Wagner and Mr. & Mrs. Donald R. Miller.

Preferred Citation:

Papers of F. Theodore Wagner, c1903-1947 (bulk 1903-1913), MSS#388, Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania.

Processing Information:

This collection was processed by Emily White on March 5, 2003.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Heather Lucas on August 14, 2003.

Copyright:

Property rights reside with the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Literary rights are retained by the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or publish, please contact the curator of the Archives.


Contents List

Box 1
folder 1 American School of Art & Photography Catalogue c. 1906
folder 2 "Camera & Dark Room" magazine 1905
folder 3 Eastman Kodak catalogues & handbooks c. 1920 - c. 1930
folder 4 Eastman Kodak catalogues & handbooks c. 1930 - c. 1940
folder 5 Eastman Kodak catalogues & handbooks c. 1940 - c. 1950
folder 6 Glass Negative Folders n.d.
folder 7 Lens catalogues c. 1910
folder 8 Miscellaneous catalogues and supplies n. d.

Box 2
folder 1 Negative Record book 1903-1947
folder 2 Photo Mats n.d.
folder 3 "Photo Miniature" magazines 1899-1901
folder 4 "Photo Miniature" magazines 1901-1915
folder 5 Photograph kits n.d.
folder 6 Photograph mounts n.d.
folder 7 Plate holder record book 1903-1947
Rand McNally State Maps

Box 3
folder 1 1920-1921
folder 2 1921-1922
folder 3 1923-1924
folder 4 1925