William E. Wilson photographs, photograph album, and gelatin dry plate negatives
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William E. Wilson photographs, photograph album, and gelatin dry plate negatives

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Wilson, William E., -1905.
Title: William E. Wilson photographs, photograph album, and gelatin dry plate negatives
Dates: 1883-1892
Extent: 3.25 cubic feet (7 boxes)
Identification: MS 1375

Biographical/Historical Note

William E. Wilson (ca. 1853-1905) was born in London, England. He was the son of artist and photographer James T. Wilson. William, at the age of two, moved with his parents to Charleston, South Carolina. Soon thereafter they moved to New York and later to Mobile, Alabama. William married Ellen Alice Brill in New York City around 1881. They had three sons, William T., Richard E., and Earnest T. (all born in Savannah, Georgia). Like his father, William Wilson became a photographer. He and Ellen moved to Savannah, Georgia, in 1882. By 1884 Wilson had opened his own studio at 60 Bull Street and by the following year moved the business and his home to a building at 25 Drayton Street.

William made his living chiefly as a portrait photographer but also worked as a landscape photographer. His work demonstrates documentary photography. The lives of the black sharecroppers and the day-to-day activities of this region were important to Wilson, and his photographic documentation of commonplace realities, such as aspects of the cotton industry and modes of transportation, provides us with the unsentimental view of the South he experienced during the late 1880s and early 1890s.

By 1894, Wilson had returned to Mobile, where he resided until his death on October 23, 1905.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two boxes containing an album of Savannah and Coastal Georgia photographs taken between 1883 and 1892 and loose photographs created Wilson. There are approximately 252 images in the album and an additional 33 loose images. The images from the album have been photocopied for easy research. These copies follow the inventory.


Index Terms

African Americans--Georgia.
Chatham County (Ga.)
Effingham County (Ga.)
Gelatin dry plate negatives.
Landscape photography--Georgia.
Photograph albums.
Photographers.
Photographs.
Savannah (Ga.)
Wilson, William E., -1905.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

Glass plate negatives are restricted from patron use. Due to its fragile condition, the photograph album is restricted; the album has been digitized and digital scans can be viewed in the Digital Image Catalog. Digital Image Catalog.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Unknown.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], William E. Wilson photographs, photograph album, and gelatin dry plate negatives, MS 1375, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Unknown, 1988.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

Box

1Album
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items

1375-001 William E. Wilson with his camera, exterior View online.
1375-002 William E. Wilson with wedding party, exterior View online.
1375-003 Wilson's studio garden, 60 Bull Street at corner of Hull Street View online.
1375-004 Wilson's studio at corner of Broughton and Drayton Streets View online.
1375-005 E.L. Byck, "Segar and Tobacco" shop, corner of Broughton and Drayton View online.
1375-006 Mrs. William E. Wilson (Ellen Alice Brill Wilson) and two of his sons View online.
1375-007 William E. Wilson in studio, interior View online.
1375-008 William E. Wilson in his studio in Mobile, Alabama, prior to 1905 View online.
1375-009 Stonewallis, war horse with unidentified man, #101 View online.
1375-010 unidentified scene showing path of live oak trees, #102 View online.
1375-011 men barbequing, #103 View online.
1375-012 men barbequing, #104 View online.
1375-013 stack of rice View online.
1375-014 three black men with ox and wagon stacking rice View online.
1375-015 black man in ox wagon hauling rice View online.
1375-016 flooded rice field View online.
1375-017 rice field View online.
1375-018 unidentified river, #110 View online.
1375-019 unidentified river, #111 View online.
1375-020 black man with moonshine still, #112 View online.
1375-021 live oak trees, #113 View online.
1375-022 live oak trees, #114 View online.
1375-023 Ogeechee canal, #115 View online.
1375-024 yard of City Hospital, #116 View online.
1375-025 Martello Tower, Tybee Island, #117 View online.
1375-026 Green Island, #118 View online.
1375-027 palmetto trees, Tybee Island, #119 View online.
1375-028 sand dunes, Tybee Island View online.
1375-029 Fort Jackson (?) View online.
1375-030 cactus in Oglethorpe Square View online.
1375-031 cork tree View online.
1375-032 cork tree View online.
1375-033 Ogeechee Road, #129 View online.
1375-034 Deptford Plantation, #130 View online.
1375-035 resin fire on Savannah wharf, #131 View online.
1375-036 oak tree at Fort Burton (?), #132 View online.
1375-037 Confederate breast works, #133 View online.
1375-038 Whitfield tree, #134 View online.
1375-039 Hotel Tybee, Tybee Island, #135 View online.
1375-040 yucca plant at Liberty and Price streets, #136 View online.
1375-041 "a bit at Tusculum", (Effingham County), #137 View online.
1375-042 Mrs. Wilsons and two of their sons, #138 View online.
1375-043 lumber floating in river, #139 View online.
1375-044 Salzburger house, built in 1772, #140 View online.
1375-045 cypress swamp, #141 View online.
1375-046 Confederate breast works, #142 View online.
1375-047 shipwreck of the Adonis Kragero in the Tybee River, #143 View online.
1375-048 Ogeechee River at Flat Ford, #144 View online.
1375-049 Confederate breast works, Harmons near Savannah, #145 View online.
1375-050 Confederate breast works, Harmons near Savannah, #146 View online.
1375-051 creek in Effingham County, #147 View online.
1375-052 Darien, Georgia, #148 View online.
1375-053 breast works, Green Island, #149 View online.
1375-054 Fort Jackson (?) View online.
1375-055 Wesley Oak, St. Simons Island, #151 View online.
1375-056 Deptford Plantation, #152 View online.
1375-057 Liberty County, GA, street showing man with ox cart, #155 View online.
1375-058 Bethesda Orphans Home, #160 View online.
1375-059 Washington Guns, #162 View online.
1375-060 Washington Guns, #164 View online.
1375-061 Revolutionary fort built by Salzburgers at Ebenezer, Savannah River View online.
1375-062 Saltzburger house, built 1772 View online.
SEE ALSO 1375-044
1375-063 Old Midway Church and cemetery View online.
1375-064 Midway cemetery View online.
1375-065 unidentified group of black men carrying axes and saws for cutting trees View online.
1375-066 unidentified black family (possibly on St. Catherines Island) View online.
1375-067 cabin on Deptford Plantation View online.
1375-068 slave cabins on St. Catherines Island, #203 View online.
1375-069 black women wood gatherers, #204 View online.
1375-070 slave cabins on St. Catherines Island, #205 View online.
1375-071 old black minister and wife on St. Catherines Island, #206 View online.
1375-072 black Sunday school children and teachers, #207 View online.
1375-073 wharf scene, #208 View online.
1375-074 Topsy's wedding (black family), #209 View online.
1375-075 slave cabins on Deptford Plantation, #210 View online.
1375-076 slave cabins on St. Catherines Island, #211 View online.
1375-077 unidentified black man, #212 View online.
1375-078 unidentified group of black women (Liberty County ?), #213 View online.
1375-079 black school, Liberty County, GA, #214 View online.
1375-080 black school, Liberty County, GA View online.
1375-081 two black men in an ox cart, #216 View online.
1375-082 three unidentified black children, #217 View online.
1375-083 three unidentified black children in front of Bonaventure gate View online.
1375-084 unidentified black family in front of cabin, #219 View online.
1375-085 men weighing cotton, #220 View online.
1375-086 man in horse cart on West Broad Street, Savannah, GA, #221 (tower of First African Baptist Church in background) View online.
1375-087 cotton bales sitting on wharf, Savannah, GA, #222 View online.
1375-088 George Ringwood schoolhouse, #223 View online.
1375-089 cotton bales sitting on wharf, Savannah, GA, #224 View online.
1375-090 "cracker cart" (2 mule cart) on West Broad Street, #225 View online.
1375-091 cotton plants in bloom, #226 View online.
1375-092 cotton field, #227 View online.
1375-093 naval stores, barrels on wharf, #228 View online.
1375-094 naval stores, barrels on wharf, #229 View online.
1375-095 naval stores being loaded on ship, #230 View online.
1375-096 two black men with mule cart, #231 View online.
1375-097 naval stores on wharf, #232 View online.
1375-098 ox cart w/ group of men on Barnard and York Streets, Savannah, GA, #233 (Telfair Academy in background) View online.
1375-099 black man in ox cart on Drayton Street, Savannah, GA, #234 View online.
1375-100 unidentified black family on steps of cabin, #235 View online.
1375-101 "Dadagota and wife" on steps of cabin, #236 View online.
1375-102 "gate keeper", unidentified black male child, (Bonaventure Cemetery ?), #237 View online.
1375-103 "Aunt Tilly," #239 View online.
1375-104 cotton bales on Central Railroad wharf, #240 View online.
1375-105 people picking unidentified vegetable, #241 View online.
1375-106 logs at saw mill, #242 View online.
1375-107 turpentine still, #243 View online.
1375-108 two black children riding an ox, #244 View online.
1375-109 picking cotton, #245 View online.
1375-110 picking cotton, #2461375-110 picking cotton, #246 View online.
1375-111 unidentified black girl View online.
1375-112 unidentified black woman with basket of cotton balanced on her head View online.
1375-113 young black woman with basket of cotton, #249 View online.
1375-114 cabin near Bilbo Canal, #250 View online.
1375-115 grinding cane, #251 View online.
1375-116 making cane syrup, #252 View online.
1375-117 "Susan's Hut", unidentified black family in front of cabin, #253 View online.
1375-118 mosaic of several prints, #254 View online.
1375-119 group of black children at "Tusculum", (Effingham County), #255 View online.
1375-120 "cracker cart," ox attached to buggy, # 256 View online.
1375-121 Bonaventure Cemetery, #301 View online.
1375-122 Bonaventure Cemetery, #302 View online.
1375-123 Bonaventure Cemetery, #303 View online.
1375-124 Bonaventure Cemetery, #304 View online.
1375-125 Bonaventure Cemetery, #305 View online.
1375-126 Thunderbolt, GA, #306 View online.
1375-127 Hermitage Plantation, #307 View online.
1375-128 slave cabins on Hermitage Plantation, #308 View online.
1375-129 Hermitage Plantation, #309 View online.
1375-130 slave cabins on Hermitage Plantation, #310 View online.
1375-131 Bonaventure Cemetery, #311 View online.
1375-132 Thunderbolt Road, #312 View online.
1375-133 Hospital or Overseers house on Hermitage Plantation, #313 View online.
1375-134 Hermitage Plantation bell post, #314 View online.
1375-135 Hermitage Avenue, #315 View online.
1375-136 Hermitage Avenue, #316 View online.
1375-137 portico on Hermitage Plantation house, #317 View online.
1375-138 Greenwich Park, #318 View online.
1375-139 Thunderbolt, GA, #319 (Savannah Yacht Club in background) View online.
1375-140 Thunderbolt, GA, #320 View online.
1375-141 Bonaventure Cemetery, #321 View online.
1375-142 Bonaventure Cemetery, #322 View online.
1375-148 Savannah River, #406 View online.
1375-143 Bonaventure Cemetery View online.
1375-144 unidentified view (Thunderbolt ?), #324 View online.
1375-145 Drayton Street, northeast corner of Broughton Street View online.
1375-146 Flat Ford, June 24th, 1892 View online.
1375-147 Savannah River, #405 View online.
1375-149 Savannah River View online.
1375-150 South Broad Street (now Oglethorpe Avenue) looking southeast towards Drayton Street, #408 View online.
1375-151 Bull Street, Botts residence View online.
1375-152 Liberty Street, #411 View online.
1375-153 Liberty Street looking east from Whitaker Street, #412 View online.
1375-154 Chippewa Square, Savannah, GA, #414 View online.
1375-155 Christ Church, Savannah, GA View online.
1375-156 Mickve Israel Synagogue, Savannah, GA View online.
1375-157 Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA, #419 View online.
1375-158 Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA, #420 View online.
1375-159 Forsyth Park, sphinx at entrance, Savannah, GA, #421 View online.
1375-160 Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA #422 View online.
1375-161 Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA #423 View online.
1375-162 Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA #424 View online.
1375-163 Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA #425 View online.
1375-164 Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA #426 View online.
1375-165 Forsyth Park Fountain, Savannah, GA #427 View online.
1375-166 Gordon Monument, Savannah, GA, #428 View online.
1375-167 Jasper Monument, Savannah, GA, #429 View online.
1375-168 Green Monument, Savannah, GA, #430 View online.
1375-169 Pulaski Monument, Savannah, GA, #431 View online.
1375-170 Confederate Monument in Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA, #432 View online.
1375-171 Confederate Monument in Forsyth Park, Savannah, GA, #433 View online.
1375-172 waterworks, #434 View online.
1375-173 Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, #435 View online.
1375-174 Telfair Hospital, #436 View online.
1375-175 Telfair Hospital, #437 View online.
1375-176 Elias Weil house, Bull and Gordon Streets, Savannah, GA, #438 View online.
1375-177 water tower in Franklin Square, Savannah, GA View online.
1375-178 Savannah Cotton Exchange, #440 View online.
1375-179 Masonic Temple, northwest corner, Liberty and Whitaker Streets, #441 View online.
1375-180 Savannah Trust Company, southwest corner, Bay and Drayton Streets, #442 View online.
1375-181 Merchants Bank, #443 View online.
1375-182 National Bank, #444 View online.
1375-183 Central Railroad Bank and Custom House, both on Bay Street, #445 View online.
1375-184 City Exchange and Pulaski House, #446 View online.
1375-185 United States Bank, #447 View online.
1375-186 Olmsteads Bank, #448 View online.
1375-187 Alfred B. Kent's house, 13 West Broad Street, "cannonball house," #449 View online.
1375-188 Orleans Square, showing Bulloch-Habersham House, #450 View online.
1375-189 Heywood's residence, Whitaker Street south of Hodgson Hall View online.
1375-190 I.K. Tefft house, southwest corner, Jones and Bull Streets View online.
1375-191 Owens-Thomas House, #453 View online.
1375-192 Savannah Theater, Chippewa Square, #454 View online.
1375-193 Green-Meldrim House, Sherman's headquarters, #455 View online.
1375-194 DeSoto Hotel, #456 View online.
1375-195 DeSoto Hotel, #457 View online.
1375-196 DeSoto Hotel and Sorrel-Weed House, #458 View online.
1375-197 DeSoto Hotel, #459 View online.
1375-198 DeSoto Hotel, #460 View online.
1375-199 wall around Colonial Cemetery, #461 View online.
1375-200 Confederate dead, Laurel Grove Cemetery, #462 View online.
1375-201 Independent Presbyterian Church, #463 View online.
1375-202 Weed's residence, #464 View online.
1375-203 portico on Bulloch-Habersham House, #465 View online.
1375-204 Abercorn Street ramp, #466 View online.
1375-205 Whitaker Street ramp, #467 View online.
1375-206 Whitaker Street ramp, #468 View online.
1375-207 Barnard Street ramp, #469 View online.
1375-208 Emmett Park retaining wall, #470 View online.
1375-209 portico of Bulloch-Habersham House, #471 View online.
1375-210 Chatham County Courthouse, #472 View online.
1375-211 Savannah River looking from Emmett Park, #473 View online.
1375-212 Chatham County Courthouse, #474 View online.
1375-213 Chatham County Courthouse View online.
1375-214 Orleans Square, #476 View online.
1375-215 Laurel Grove Cemetery View online.
1375-216 Laurel Grove Cemetery View online.
1375-217 Savannah River, #479 View online.
1375-218 McAlpin residence, #480 View online.
1375-219 Forsyth Park Fountain, #481 View online.
1375-220 Ocean tramp loading cotton, #482 View online.
1375-221 loading cotton, #483 View online.
1375-222 English tramp loading cotton, #484 View online.
1375-223 DeSoto Hotel, #485 View online.
1375-224 Colonial Cemetery wall on South Broad Street (now Oglethorpe Avenue), #486 View online.
1375-225 DeSoto Hotel, #487 View online.
1375-226 Green-Meldrim House, #488 View online.
1375-227 Birds Eye view showing corner of Drayton and Liberty Streets View online.
1375-228 Trinity Church, #490 View online.
1375-229 Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, before the spires, #491 View online.
1375-230 Telfair Hospital, #492 View online.
1375-231 Chatham Academy, Bull Street and South Broad Street (now Oglethorpe Avenue), #493 View online.
1375-232 Independent Presbyterian Church, #494 View online.
1375-233 Factors Walk, #495 View online.
1375-234 Factors Walk, #496 View online.
1375-235 Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, interior View online.
1375-236 Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, interior View online.
1375-237 Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, interior View online.
1375-238 Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, interior View online.
1375-239 Pulaski House, #503 View online.
1375-240 Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, interior, #501 View online.
1375-241 Wetter House View online.
1375-242 Johnson Square, #505 View online.
1375-243 Savannah Board of Trade, corner of Bay and Drayton Streets, #509 View online.
1375-244 Christ Church, interior, #510 View online.
1375-245 Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, interior, #512 View online.
1375-246 Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences View online.
1375-247 35 President Street, home of William E. Wilson in 1884 View online.
1375-248 Oglethorpe Barracks View online.
1375-249 Fort Pulaski View online.
1375-250 Harris Street and Abercorn Street View online.
1375-251 cactus plant View online.
1375-252 Independent Presbyterian Church View online.
 

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21loose photographs
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items

1375-253 Greenwich Park View online.
1375-254 Birds Eye view showing Wright Square, #401 View online.
1375-255 Baptist Church and Hardee mansion, #415 View online.
1375-256 unidentified railroad tracks, #121 View online.
1375-257 unidentified river, #124 View online.
1375-258 waterworks View online.
1375-259 South Broad (now Oglethorpe Avenue), east of Bull Street, #409 View online.
1375-260 unveiling of Jasper Monument View online.
1375-261 Oglethorpe Barracks View online.
1375-262 First Presbyterian Church View online.
1375-263 Hermitage Plantation View online.
1375-264 Hermitage Plantation View online.
1375-265 Hermitage Plantation View online.
1375-266 Hermitage Plantation View online.
1375-267 Hermitage Plantation View online.
1375-268 slave cabins at Hermitage Plantation View online.
1375-269 slave cabins at Hermitage Plantation View online.
1375-270 slave cabins at Hermitage Plantation View online.
 
2loose photographs
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items

1375-271 Old Masonic Hall, corner of President St. and Whitaker St., #506 View online.
1375-272 unidentified black male, #258 View online.
1375-273 unidentified group View online.
1375-274 unidentified river, #122 View online.
1375-275 unidentified group on a dock View online.
1375-276 fire on — Street View online.
1375-277 fire on — Street View online.
1375-278 Negro college, Thunderbolt, Ga., #159 View online.
1375-279 First Presbyterian Church, #416 View online.
1375-280 Coast Line Railroad train/trolley View online.
 
2loose photographs
Online Inventory Contains Digitized Items

1375-281 unidentified group View online.
1375-282 Republican Blues at Tybee View online.
1375-283 Vevie Minis, Eugenia Minis, Nellie Penrose, Callie Ellis, Eugenia Johnston, and Mrs. J.P.S. Houstoun, playing tennis, taken at "The , April 4th, 1883" View online.
1375-284 unidentified church, interior View online.
1375-285 "Washington's Headquarters, 1791," northwest corner of Barnard and State Streets View online.
1375-286 pageant in the sesqui-centennial celebration, 12th February 1883 representing the meeting of Oglethorpe and Tomochichi View online.
 
3-6duplicates of images from album
1375-005, 1375-011, 1375-015, 1375-020, 1375-022, 1375-025, 1375-035, 1375-039, 1375-043, 1375-044, 375-061, 1375-062, 1375-070, 1375-076, 1375-081, 1375-088, 1375-090, 1375-099, 1375-105, 1375-106, 1375-107, 1375-108, 1375-113, 1375-115, 1375-116, 1375-117, 1375-120, 1375-125, 1375-126, 1375-128, 375-129, 1375-130, 1375-133, 1375-134, 1375-137, 1375-148, 1375-159, 1375-160, 1375-161, 1375-162, 1375-164, 1375-174, 1375-186, 1375-193, 1375-194, 1375-199, 1375-204, 1375-205, 1375-206, 1375-207, 375-208, 1375-217, 1375-238, 1375-243, 1375-246, 1375-247