Guide to the John Gates Photograph Collection, ca. 1889-1930 AIS.1991.22

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ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
John Gates Photograph Collection
Creator
Gates, John K.
Collection Number
AIS.1991.22
Date
ca. 1889-1930
Extent
239.0 items (8 boxes)
Abstract
This collection consists of 239 photographic images dating from the late-nineteenth century to the early-twentieth century that were collected by John K. Gates, a Uniontown, Pennsylvania, photographer. This collection, broad in scope, captures notable landscapes, industry, everyday life, and social themes. Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.

Preferred Citation

John Gates Photograph Collection, ca. 1889-1930, AIS.1991.22, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

John K. Gates is a former Uniontown and Pittsburgh resident who traces his interest in photography to his father, a photographer. A dentist in Danville, Pennsylvania, he has used his keen interest in photography to collect photographs of others as well as create his own works.

Gates has published several pictorials highlighting the photographs he has collected. These include, A Touch of Nostalgia: A Glimpse of America's Past,  In Other Years: Uniontown and Southern Fayette County, and  The Beehive Coke Years : A Pictorial History of Those Times.

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Scope and Content Notes

The John Gates Photograph Collection contains 239 images from the late-nineteenth century through the early-twentieth century that were collected by John K. Gates, a Uniontown, Pennsylvania, photographer. A number of these photographs were taken by a photographer identified only as “W.B” who captured various views of downtown Pittsburgh, Forbes Field, construction of the Ohio River bridge in Beaver, Pa., and other landscape and industrial scenes. The rest of the collection is very broad in scope, with images representing transportation, industrial, and mining history, as well as images of everyday life and notable subjects including Phipps Conservatory, Highland Park, H.C. Frick Coke Company, the Washington Monument, Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, a Civil War Soldiers Monument, and Chautauqua, NY.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged in 20 series based on subject and geographic location. An item level inventory exists in the archives.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, April 2010

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

No copyright restrictions.

Custodial History

The collection was obtained from John K. Gates with assistance from Fred Heztel, former director of the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John K. Gates on February 1992.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically at http://historicpittsburgh.org/collection/john-gates-photographs.

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Related Materials

Separated Material

Folders D and E from Series II can be found in the University Archives flat, vertical file 7-5.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • H. C. Frick Coke Company. -- Buildings -- Design and construction

Geographic Name(s)

  • Brownsville (Pa.)
  • Chautauqua (N.Y.)
  • Pennsylvania -- History
  • Pennsylvania -- Social life and customs
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- History
  • Uniontown (Pa.)
  • Washington (D.C.)

Subject(s)

  • Farms
  • Historic sites
  • Manners and customs
  • Mines and mineral resources
  • Monuments
  • Parks
  • Personal papers
  • Railroads
  • Rivers

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Previous Citation

John Gates Photograph Collection, ca. 1889-1930, AIS.1991.22, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Bibliography

Gates, John K. A touch of nostalgia : a glimpse of America's past Uniontown, Pa. : Photographit, 1981.

Gates, John K. The beehive coke years : a pictorial history of those times Uniontown, PA (22 Mullen St., Uniontown, PA, 15401) : J.K. Gates, 1990.

Gates, John K. In other years : Uniontown and southern Fayette County Uniontown, Pa. : Photographit, 1979.

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