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Manhattan, Kansas carte de visite photographs

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Manhattan, Kansas carte de visite photographs, 1863-1866 | Morse Department of Special Collections

By Keli Rylance and Jarrod Kuckelman

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Collection Overview

Title: Manhattan, Kansas carte de visite photographs, 1863-1866Add to your cart.

Primary Creator: Burgoyne, George (1834-1923)

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: chronological

Date Acquired: 02/10/2000

Subjects: Kansas life and culture, Kansas life and culture - Military history

Languages: English

Abstract

The collection consists of four Carte de visites (CdV) documenting Manhattan, Kansas and spanning the years 1863-1866. The photographs are the earliest known views of Manhattan's commercial and residential districts, and are believed to be the work of its first commercial photographer, George Burgoyne.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Subject/Index Terms

Kansas life and culture
Kansas life and culture - Military history

Administrative Information

Repository: Morse Department of Special Collections

Alternate Extent Statement: 4 photographs, reproduced in 8 negatives

Use Restrictions: The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Acquisition Source: Institutional purchase 2000

Processing Information:

Accessioned by Keli Rylance, August 2017

Processed by Jarrod Kuckelman, September 2017


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Folder 1: Manhattan, Kansas Looking East [Poyntz Avenue], 1863. Geo. Burgoyne, Photo (attribution)Add to your cart.
This view of Manhattan, KS, in 1836 looking east toward the river shows many prairie schooners, horses, and mules on Poyntz Avenue. Unpublished photograph by George Burgoyne.
Folder 2: Manhattan, Kansas Looking North [Bluemont Hill], 1864. Geo. Burgoyne, Photo (attribution)Add to your cart.
This view looking north toward Bluemont Hill was likely taken at 4th Street & Poyntz Avenue, and shows many residential houses, outhouses, and dirt streets. Unpublished photograph by George Burgoyne.
Folder 3: Manhattan, Kansas Looking East [Poyntz Avenue], Indian Expedition, June 28, 1865. Geo. Burgoyne, Photo (attribution)Add to your cart.
This view shows troops crossing the mouth of the Big Blue River on an Indian Expedition, in the Eastern part of Manhattan in on June 28, 1865. Photograph by George Burgoyne.
Folder 4: Manhattan, Kansas Looking East [Poyntz Avenue], Aug. 4, 1866. Geo. Burgoyne, Photo (attribution)Add to your cart.
This view of Manhattan on Aug. 4, 1866, is looking East on Poyntz Avenue and features some new buildings added since the 1863 photo. Photograph by George Burgoyne.
Folder 5: 8 negatives, with 2 images of the 4 views of Manhattan, Kansas, 1863-1866. Geo. Burgoyne (attribution)Add to your cart.
These 8 negatives consist of 2 images for each of the four views of Manhattan spanning 1863-1866. Photographs by George Burgoyne.


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