Myron Bement Smith Collection
The Myron Bement Smith collection consists of two parts, the papers of Myron Bement Smith and his wife Katharine and the Islamic Archives. It contains substantial material about his field research in Italy in the 1920s and his years working on Islamic architecture in Iran in the 1930s. Letters describe the milieu in which he operated in Rochester NY and New York City in the 1920s and early 1930s; the Smiths' life in Iran from 1933 to 1937; and the extensive network of academic and social contacts that Myron and Katharine developed and maintained over his lifetime. The Islamic Archives was a project to which Smith devoted most of his professional life. It includes both original materials, such as his photographs and notes, and items acquired by him from other scholars or experts on Islamic art and architecture. Smith intended the Archives to serve as a resource for scholars interested in the architecture and art of the entire Islamic world although he also included some materials about non-Islamic architecture.
Lionel Bier Collection
Drawings, field notes, photogoraphs, and correspondence documenting Lionel Bier's work at a number of both pre-Islamic and Islamic Iranian architectural monuments, in 1975 and 1976. Focus primarily is on Sassanian sites. Sites covered include: Bishapur, Firuzabad, Istakhr, Masjid-i Sang, Sarvistan, and Shari-i Ij.
Album of Persian Photographs
Black leather bound album of 119 albumen prints and one silver gelatin print. Prints are likely produced by the studio of photographer Antoin Sevruguin in the 1870s and 80s in his early career in Iran. Includes handwritten captions in Persian. Many of the prints have an unusually purplish tone.
Seherr-Thoss Photographs of Islamic Architecture
Seherr-Thoss, Sonia P.
Photographs and negatives of Sonia P. and Hans C. Seherr-Thoss. Mounted and unmounted color slides, transparencies, black and white negatives, mounted prints, contact sheets, and a photograph, circa 1960-1968. The majority of images, taken by Hans C. Seherr-Thoss, appear in their publication, Design and Color in Islamic Architecture: Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey, published by the, Smithsonian Institution Press, in 1968. Countries depicted are Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
Stephen Arpee Collection of Sevruguin Photographs
62 Albumen prints (b&w, 25 cm. x 20 cm. or smaller)
A large album of prints by photographer Antoin Sevruguin, likely dating from his early career in Iran in the 1870s and 1880s. The collection also includes a number of loose, unbacked prints, many duplicating the photographs in the album. Roughly half of the mounted prints have English handwritten captions.
Dorothy Shepherd Photographs
Images of Near Eastern art objects, world sites, and architectural sites. The slide collection contains irreplaceable images of textiles, art objects and architectural sites from the Middle East and Iran. Highlights of the collection are the textile, Sasanian metal works and Middle Eastern and Iranian architectural sites.
Foreign Missions Library Lantern Slide Collection
Lantern slides, undated, some hand-tinted, assembled by the Foreign Missions Library of New York City to document missionary activities in Iran, probably during the early part of the twentienth century. Included are images of missionaries and evangelists, Fiske seminary, The American High School for Boys in Tehran, the Memorial School …
Portrait of a Woman
- On recto of the print, faded handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "245."
Dasht-i Lar Region, Mount Damavand in Background: Shah's Escort Regiment
- On recto of the print, faded handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "909."
Portrait of Young Woman in Elaborate Costume
- On recto of the print, faded handwritten number (inked, probably by Antoin Sevruguin) reads, "751."