Guide to the Fred Frater Photographs of the Amish

Summary
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.1147
Creators:
Frater, Fred
Dates:
circa 1947-1950
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.15 Cubic feet
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The twenty-eight photographs and corresponding negatives in this collection were taken by photographer Fred S. Frater in Intercourse, Pennsylvania sometime between 1947 and 1950. They document a day-long auction of furniture, farm equipment and household goods that took place during the winter or early spring season. They depict an outdoor setting and, while some Amish women are shown, the photographs feature primarily Amish men and boys.
The negatives are in a two frame strip of 120, black and white film stock.
The photographs measure 5"x5" and were developed on Fugicolor Crystal Archive Paper. Although taken around 1947, the photographs in this collection were not developed until March 14, 2008.

Arrangement
Arrangement
The Collection is arranged into two series.
Series 1, Negatives,
Series 2, Photographs

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Fred S. Frater studied photography at the Clarence H. White School of Photography and worked as a photographer at Lukens Steel Mill for nearly 40 years. He was drafted during World War II serving as a glider trooper and military photographer between 1943 and 1946. His photographs are in the collections of The Hagley Museum and Library, The Library of Congress, George Eastman House Museum and The United States Holocaust Museum. Frater resides in Exton, Pennsylvania.

Administration
Processing Information
Processed by Nicholas Beyelia, intern, August 2011 supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist.
Author
Nicholas Beyelia
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Collection donated by Fred S. Frater in 2009.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Unrestricted research access on site by appointment. Unprotected photographs must be handled with gloves.
Preferred Citation
Fred Frater Photographs of the Amish, circa. 1947-1950, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Conditions Governing Use
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Amish -- Pennsylvania -- Lancaster County Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Intercourse (Pa.) Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Auctions Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white negatives -- Acetate film -- 1940-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Pennsylvania Place Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 1940-1950 Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
archivescenter@si.edu
http://americanhistory.si.edu/archives