Photographs

Old North Church, 1854

Daguerreotype of the old North Church right before it was razed in 1854.  The current North Church was then constructed on that site in Market Square, Portsmouth, NH.

P16.1, North Church Photograph Collection

Portsmouth Athenaeum, c. 1885

Davis Brothers cabinet card of the Portsmouth Athenaeum, Market Square, Portsmouth, NH.

PS0019, Small Photograph Collections

Frank Jones Mansion Parlor, c. 1875

In 1866, brewing magnate Frank Jones purchased a c.1830 house and extensively renovated it into a lavish and opulent showplace (as seen in the photograph). Jones also bought adjoining land, raising the size of his property to 400 acres, much of which he used for stabling and pasturing his race horses. The estate was known as Maplewood Farms, and the mansion house still stands at the intersection of Maplewood and Woodbury avenues in Portsmouth, NH.

PS2717_02, Small Photograph Collections

Ocean Boulevard Stroll, c. 1897

Victorian view of Hampton Beach with Great Boar’s Head in the distance, Hampton, NH.

PS1206_059, Small Photograph Collections

Market Square, c. 1904

Glass plate negative of the buildings along Pleasant Street and Market Square, Portsmouth, NH.

P36.171, William Mather Lamson Collection

Cobbs' Radio & Television Store, c. 1955

Between 1947-1950, Thomas P. Cobbs opened Cobbs’ Radio & Television Service at 149-151 Deer Street at the corner of Depot Avenue. Cobbs was also the president for the Portsmouth Chapter of the NAACP. He and his wife Gretchen also lived at this address until urban renewal forced them out in 1968.

Seen behind Cobbs is the Boston & Maine passenger station and restaurant.

P15.077, Armsden Photograph Collection

Portsmouth Waterfront, 1924

Walter C. Staples photograph from the Memorial Bridge toward Portsmouth and the waterfront. The long wharves to the left of the bridge tower are now Prescott Park.

P1.1501, Thomas C. Wilson Photograph Collection

Market Square Arch, 1900

The “Union Is Strength” arch at the entrance to Daniel Street, Market Square, Portsmouth, NH.

P11.2-33, Richard P. McDonough Photograph Collection

Treaty of Portsmouth Stagecoach, 1905

A Perry Conner photograph shows the United States Navy personnel traveling to or from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard during the negotiation of the Treaty of Portsmouth. The peace treaty was signed at the Shipyard on Sept. 5, 1905, ending the Russo-Japanese War.

P1.0217, Thomas C. Wilson Photograph Collection

The Athenaeum’s Photographic Collection contains nearly 28,000 historic images that date from the 1850s through today.  These images include prints, daguerreotypes, cabinet cards, glass-plate negatives, stereocards, Polaroids, and slides.  Each of these images tells a story of Portsmouth and its environs, people, and culture.  Popular subjects include the Isles of Shoals, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, the 1905 Portsmouth Peace Treaty, Market Square, the North End, Wentworth-By-The-Sea and the Memorial Bridge.  In addition to the Athenaeum’s collection, there are deposit collections such as the South Church, the Warner House Association, Star Island Corporation, and the Portsmouth Historical Society. Most of these images have been digitized and are found in the online search catalog.

As part of the archives, the photograph collection is stored in a climate-controlled vault.

Fee Schedule

As a private, non-profit library the Portsmouth Athenaeum relies on the financial support of our membership, as well as those who utilize our collection. The fees assessed for photograph reproduction and use fund the administration, care, preservation, and processing of the photographs in our collection. A great deal of staff time and supplies are required for our collections to be made accessible for research and preserved for future generations.

Photocopies

Athenaeum Proprietors, Subscribers and Friends: $.10 per page

All others $.25 per page

 

IMAGE USE FEES

 

Display: lecture, presentation, performance, exhibit, signs, etc.

Proprietors, Subscribers & Non-Profits: First image, gratis Up to 5 Images: $20 Additional, $5 each

Personal use (researchers, individuals, etc.): $10 per image

Commercial: $25 per image

Advertising & Non-Editorial Use: Unbound materials, postcards, posters, brochures, calendars, etc.

Proprietors, Subscribers & Non-Profits: First image $10, Additional $5 each

Personal or Commercial Use: First image $25, Additional $10 each

Commercial: $25 per image

Print media for sale: books (per print run), periodicals, clothing, calendars, CD, DVD, etc.

Proprietors, Subscribers & Non-Profits: Up to 5 images $20, Additional $5 each

Commercial: First image $25 per image, $100 Cover use

Website: 75 dpi only includes watermark and link to www.portsmouthathenaeum.org

Proprietors, Subscribers & Non-Profits: $10 per image, per year

Personal use (researchers, individuals, etc.): $10 per image, per year

Commercial: $100 per image, per year

Film / Video Broadcast TV program, commercial studio release, news magazine, YouTube, etc. Inquire about World Rights

Proprietors, Subscribers & Non-Profits: $5 per image

Personal or Commercial use: please inquire

Additional Fees: CD Rescanning or new scan 

$2 per item/page

Payment is by check or cash only. If additional research is required, the first 1⁄2 hour is free, after which our standard fee of $30/hr. will be assessed. 

Gifts of Research Material

The Athenæum is appreciative of donations of historic photographs, personal papers, business and organizational records, ephemera, maps, works of art, and books relating to the Piscataqua region. All contributions and gifts are tax-deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Deposits of records from other non-profit organizations, to provide proper care and public access for research, will be considered.

Building and Interior: Video and Still Photography Policy
Arrangements must be made in advance for the photographing of the Athenaeum’s interior spaces and collections. Consideration for staff time and normal use of library is essential. There may be a fee for this service.

North End Neighborhood Collection

These pictures and nearly 800 others depict life in the old North End of Portsmouth, NH.  By the early 20th century, the North End had become a true American melting pot, with a richly diverse population, and although predominately Italian, the neighborhood included Yankee-born, Greek, Polish, Chinese, Swedish and African-American families. The area was demolished during urban renewal (c.1968-c.1973).

The majority of images in the collection are digital scans donated by the family descendants. If you have photographs to contribute contact James at 603-431-2538 or e-mail jsmith@portsmouthathenaeum.org. The Athenaeum can scan your family pictures and return the originals to you.

View the Collection

Do you have North End images that you would like to digitally preserve? Please contact James.

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PPL North End Collection

Click the image to visit the North End House History digitized collection at the Portsmouth Public Library (PPL).  This collection includes the photographs and appraisal reports of approximately 176 inhabited homes in the North End neighborhood from the Vaughan Street Urban Renewal Project, c. 1967. Nearly all of these homes were demolished.