- Collection ID:
- Physical Description:
black and white, color ;
3 1/2 x 7 inches.
The Historic Gardens Stereograph Collection includes 807 stereographs that depict various public gardens, parks, and tourist attractions throughout the United States, with an emphasis on features related to horticulture and landscape design, including plants, garden furniture, and topiaries. Most, but not all views, show exterior features. A number of stereographs indicate the photography studio on the recto or verso, as well as a series or image number. Many include a brief caption; some include a lengthy description on the verso. Few are dated.
This collection is indexed in the catalog of the Archives of American Gardens under the following terms:
Types of materials
- Historic sites
- Gardens--United States
- Garden ornaments and furniture
- Flower arrangement
- Floral decorations
- Tropical plants
- Topiary work
- Smithsonian Institution
- White House (Washington, D. C.)
- United States Capitol (Washington, D.C.)
Popular during the latter half of the 19th century, stereographs consist of two similar photographic images affixed to a cardboard mount that produce a three-dimensional image when viewed through a stereoscope.
The stereographs in this collection were collected from various sources by former staffers of the Horticulture Services Division (now Smithsonian Gardens) who were researching Victorian-era gardens and garden furnishings.
The stereographs were processed by AAG intern, Elizabeth M. DeCarlo.
Encoded by Elizabeth Bauerle, December 2011
Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
Access to original images by appointment only. Researcher must submit request for appointment in writing. Please direct reference inquiries to the Archives of American Gardens: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conditions Governing Use note
Archives of American Gardens encourages the use of its archival materials for non-commercial, educational and personal use under the fair use provision of U.S. copyright law. Use or copyright restrictions may exist. It is incumbent upon the researcher to ascertain copyright status and assume responsibility for usage. All requests for duplication and use must be submitted in writing and approved by Archives of American Gardens.
Preferred Citation note
Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Gardens, Historic Gardens Stereograph Collection.
Archives of American Gardens
P.O. Box 37012
Capital Gallery West, Suite 3300, MRC 506
Washington, DC 20013-7012