Manhattan, Kansas carte de visite photographs, 1863-1866
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Brief Description:

The collection consists of four Carte de visites (CdV) documenting Manhattan, Kansas and spanning the years 1863-1866. The photographs have been attributed to George Burgoyne (active Manhattan 1859-1890), and were presumably taken from his studio window. At the time of acquisition (2000), all four views bore pencilled identifications on the versos, each image identified as Burgoyne's work, each subject identified and dated. Some of this information was presumably transferred from an album that once included the pictures.

The earliest CdV, dated 1863, includes Manhattan's main street, Poyntz Avenue, looking towards the East. The second, dated 1864, presents the town's residences, outhouses and dirt streets in the direction of Bluemont Hill to the North. The third and fourth images return to the easterly vantage point of the 1863 image. One shows phalanxed U.S. troops crossing the mouth of the Big Blue River as part of the Indian Expedition 28 June 1865. The final Carte de visite, dated 1866, reveals the addition of new commercial buildings along the city's main artery.

The collection is an important one for frontier Manhattan, as it includes the earliest known views of its commercial and residential districts.

Held at:
Morse Department of Special Collections
Email: libsc [at]
Created by: Burgoyne, George (1834-1923)
Volume: 1.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 02/10/2000.
Arrangement: chronological
Biographical Note for Burgoyne, George (1834-1923) :

George Burgoyne (1834-1923) was the first professional photographer to operate a studio in Manhattan, Kansas.1 Born in England, Burgoyne established residence in Kansas Territory in 1857. Two years later he founded his photographic studio, specializing in Carte de visite portraits. His business flourished for 31 years, until his retirement in 1890.2

The earliest extant views of Manhattan have been attributed to Burgoyne.

1"Early Days in Riley County." Manhattan Nationalist 29 November 1923.

2In 1890, he sold his studio to George F. Dewey and retired to a fruit farm that he owned in California. See "Reduction in Prices." Manhattan Mercury 5 June 1890 and "George Burgoyne has sold his photograph gallery." Manhattan Mercury 6 June 1890.

Access Restrictions: No Access restriction: All materials open for research.
Subject Index
Kansas life and culture
Kansas life and culture - Military history
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.
Physical Access Notes: Original materials available during open hours of repository and any digitized materials that are online are available with Internet access.
Acquisition Notes: Institutional purchase 2000  Purchase.
PreferredCitation: [Item title], [item date], Manhattan, Kansas carte de visite photographs, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.