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Emil Carlsen and Carlsen family photographs, circa 1885-circa 1930, bulk 1910-1930

Contents and Arrangement

The collection is arranged as 6 series. Photographs are arranged by subject. Cross reference numbers have been provided to match copy prints with with their respective glass plate negative originals housed separately in Series 6.

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Series 1: Photographs of People , circa 1890s-circa 1920s
31 Folders
Box 1

Included here are photographs of Emil Carlsen and his wife, Luella May Carlsen, and son, Dines Carlsen, though the bulk of the series contains photographs of Luella May and Dines, together and individually. Several photographs capture Emil with Dines as a baby; posed in his studio; painting on a rocky seaside using a travel easel/painting kit; and sitting on or near several trees in open fields.
Luella May Carlsen has been photographed over the course of about 30 years, and is depicted sitting and standing in the woods and indoors, both alone and with Dines. One candid photograph shows Dines and Luella May lost to smiles and laughter. There are also several portrait shots of Luella May wrapped in a blanket and robe, some with a small bird perched on her shoulder. The earliest image of Luella May is noted as "Mrs. C, dark corner," in which she appears to be about to walk away while casting a sideways glance at the camera, standing in a living or dining room.
Photographs of Emil Carlsen's son, Dines Carlsen, have been taken over the span of 15 to 20 years, from a baby to a young man, both with his mother and alone, playing, painting, and laughing. Only two photographs circa 1915 (taken from damaged glass plate negatives) show the whole family together indoors next to a large framed painting, with Emil sitting in an overstuffed chair, looking at the painting, and Dines and Luella May standing behind him --the photograph appears to have been taken from just outside a doorway. Also included are three images of an unidentified boy, possibly Dines Carlsen, as well as an unidentified man.
Researchers should note that descriptive annotations taken verbatim from glass plate sleeves are in quotes. Also, photographs are described largely by groups, and some photograph descriptions have been added for clarity.
Photographs are arranged by subject. Cross reference numbers have been provided to match copy prints with with their respective glass plate negative originals housed separately in Series 6.
Description Container Select
Emil Carlsen, circa 1905-circa 1908
3 copy prints
  • "E. C. in field"
  • "E. C. under apple tree, Port Washington"
  • In front of tree
1
1
Emil Carlsen Posed in Studio, circa 1920
4 copy prints
1
2
Emil Carlsen, circa 1920s
3 copy prints
Prints taken from nitrate negatives
  • Sitting on tree
  • Painting at seaside
1
3
Emil Carlsen Painting at Seaside, circa 1920s
1 negatives (photographic)
Safety negative taken from nitrate negatives
1
4
Emil and Dines Carlsen, circa 1902
3 copy prints
  • "E. C. and D. C."
  • "E. C. and D. C. with ball"
1
5
Emil, Luella May, and Dines Carlsen, circa 1915
2 copy prints
1
6
Luella May and Dines Carlsen, circa 1901
1 copy print
1
7
Luella May and Dines Carlsen, Port Washington, circa 1902
2 copy prints
  • "M. C. and D. C."
  • "D. C. and M. C., blurred, Port Washington"
1
8
Luella May and Dines Carlsen, Windham, circa 1906
1 copy print
  • "M. C. and D. C., Windham"
1
9
Luella May and Dines Carlsen Laughing, circa 1909
1 copy print
Prints taken from nitrate negatives
1
10
Luella May and Dines Carlsen in Woods, circa 1909
2 copy prints
Prints taken from nitrate negatives
1
11
Luella May and Dines Carlsen, circa 1909
2 copy prints
Prints taken from nitrate negatives
  • With boats
  • Looking in window
1
12
Luella May and Dines Carlsen with Boats, circa 1909
1 negatives (photographic)
Safety negative taken from nitrate negatives
1
13
Luella May and Dines Carlsen at Seaside, circa 1917
1 copy print
Prints taken from nitrate negatives
1
14
Dines Carlsen, with Dah, circa 1901
2 copy prints
  • "Dah and D. C."
  • "Dah and D. C., Port Washington"
1
15
Dines Carlsen, circa 1902-circa 1904
2 copy prints
  • "D. C. in long clothes"
  • "D. C. sitting on wall, Windham"
1
16
Dines Carlsen Portrait, circa 1909
2 copy prints
Prints taken from nitrate negatives
1
17
Dines Carlsen in City Feeding Pigeons, circa 1909
1 copy print
1
18
Dines Carlsen in City Playing Tennis, circa 1910
2 copy prints
Prints taken from nitrate negatives
1
19
Dines Carlsen Indoors, circa 1917
3 copy prints
Prints taken from nitrate negatives
  • In front of screen
  • With camera
1
20
Dines Carlsen Indoors with Camera, circa 1917
1 negatives (photographic)
Safety negative taken from nitrate negatives
1
21
Luella May Carlsen, circa 1890s
2 copy prints
  • "Mrs. C. dark corner"
  • "Mrs. C. in field, Port Washington"
1
22
Luella May Carlsen in Woods, circa 1904
2 copy prints
  • "M. C. in wood interior, Port Washington"
  • "M. C. in woods"
1
23
Luella May Carlsen, circa 1906
1 copy print
  • "M. C., full length, Port Washington"
1
24
Luella May Carlsen, circa 1906
2 copy prints
  • "M. C. in grass under oak, Port Washington"
  • "M. C. under oak"
1
25
Luella May Carlsen in Woods, circa 1912
4 copy prints
1
26
Luella May Carlsen, circa 1920s
6 copy prints
  • Portrait in studio with bird
  • With car
  • At seaside
1
27
Luella May Carlsen, circa 1920s
6 copy prints
Prints taken from nitrate negatives
  • In robe and blanket, indoors
1
28
Luella May Carlsen, circa 1920s
2 copy prints
Prints taken from nitrate negatives
  • Sitting in the woods
1
29
Unidentified Boy, circa 1910s
3 copy prints
  • "Boy on horse, Port Washington"
  • "Oak in wood with boy"
1
30
Unidentified Man, circa 1910s
1 copy print
Prints taken from nitrate negatives
1
31

Series 2: Photographs of Buildings and Industrial Exteriors , circa 1885-circa 1930
7 Folders
Box 1

Included here are photographs of old houses and barns, as well as several of industrialized sand pits/quarry and cityscapes depicting different levels of construction and building, probably in New York City where the Carlsen's lived.
Researchers should note that descriptive annotations in quotes were taken verbatim from glass plate sleeves.
Photographs are arranged by subject. Cross reference numbers have been provided to match copy prints with with their respective glass plate negative originals housed separately in Series 6.
Description Container Select
Old House, circa 1885-circa 1930
2 copy prints
  • "Old House with corn stalks"
  • "Old Barn, Port Washington"
1
32
House, Exteriors, circa 1885-circa 1930
5 copy prints
1
33
House, Exterior, circa 1885-circa 1930
1 copy print
Prints taken from nitrate negatives
1
34
Old Barn, Port Washington, circa 1885-circa 1930
2 copy prints
1
35
Stone Crusher and Quarry, circa 1885-circa 1930
2 copy prints
1
36
Sand Pit, circa 1885-circa 1930
2 copy prints
  • "Sand pit, Port Washington"
  • "Wagon in sand pit"
1
37
Cityscapes, Construction, circa 1885-circa 1930
3 copy prints
1
38

Series 3: Photographs of Landscapes and Animals , circa 1885-circa 1930
20 Folders
Boxes 1-2

Found here are images of varying landscapes, though most depict trees and woods. Port Washington is noted as the primary location of the landscape photographs of pastures with cattle and horses, cornfields, meadows, and boats/marinas. Also here are images of landscapes with rolling hills and mountains with large, expansive skies, as well as a couple of images of woods surrounding waterfalls.
Researchers should note that descriptive annotations in quotes were taken verbatim from glass plate sleeves.
Photographs are arranged by subject. Cross reference numbers have been provided to match copy prints with with their respective glass plate negative originals housed separately in Series 6.
Description Container Select
Cattle, Port Washington, circa 1885-circa 1930
2 copy prints
  • "Cattle, Port Washington"
  • "Young bull, Port Washington"
1
39
Cattle, Port Washington, circa 1885-circa 1930
2 copy prints
  • "Cattle in pasture, Port Washington"
  • "Cow lying in field, Port Washington"
1
40
Horses, circa 1885-circa 1930
2 copy prints
  • "Team and wagon (double exposure) P. W."
  • "Road with buggy, Port Washington"
1
41
Boats, Port Washington, circa 1885-circa 1930
4 copy prints
1
42
Roads and Fences, circa 1885-circa 1930
3 copy prints
1
43
Hills and Mountains, circa 1885-circa 1930
5 copy prints
1
44
Hills and Mountains with Cloud-Filled Skies, circa 1885-circa 1930
12 copy prints
1
45
Meadow and Field, Port Washington, circa 1885-circa 1930
2 copy prints
1
46
Cornfields, Port Washington, circa 1885-circa 1930
4 copy prints
  • "Cornfield with oak, Port Washington"
  • "Landscape with shocks - P. W."
  • "Landscape with cornshocks"
  • "Corn shucks, Port Washington"
1
47
Landscape with House/Barn, circa 1885-circa 1930
4 copy prints
1
48
Clouds with Trees and Powerlines, circa 1885-circa 1930
1 copy print
1
49
Trees, Port Washington, circa 1885-circa 1930
3 copy prints
  • "Oaks by river bank, Port Washington"
  • "Apple tree stump, Port Washington"
1
50
Elm in Field, Port Washington, circa 1885-circa 1930
2 copy prints
1
51
Oak Trees, Port Washington, circa 1885-circa 1930
4 copy prints
2
1
Woods, Exterior, circa 1885-circa 1930
2 copy prints
2
2
Woods, Interior, circa 1885-circa 1930
26 copy prints
  • "Woods, interior, Port Washington"
2
3-6
Woods, Waterfalls, circa 1885-circa 1930
2 copy prints
2
7

Series 4: Photographs of Artwork , circa 1885-circa 1930
18 Folders
Box 2

Included here are photographs of primarily Emil Carlsen's paintings of still-lifes and landscapes, with one photograph of a still-life composition later painted by Emil. Also included are one image of a still-life signed and dated by Dines Carlsen, and one image of a landscape by painter J. Alden Weir.
Emil Carlsen's son, Dines Carlsen, learned to paint from his father, and both spent time painting in the same studio. As a result, Dines' paintings mimic Emil's style, making unsigned works difficult to identify. In this collection, there are several photographs of undated landscape paintings by an unidentified artist, though probably painted by either Dines or Emil Carlsen.
Researchers should note that descriptive annotations in quotes were taken verbatim from glass plate sleeves. Also, photographs are described largely by groups, and some photograph descriptions have been added for clarity.
Photographs are arranged by subject. Cross reference numbers have been provided to match copy prints with with their respective glass plate negative originals housed separately in Series 6.
Description Container Select
Painting by Emil Carlsen, Self Portrait, circa 1890s
1 copy print
  • "E. C.'s self portrait (holding glass)"
2
8
Paintings by Emil Carlsen, Landscapes and Flowers, circa 1885-1895
3 copy prints
Prints taken from nitrate negatives
2
9
Paintings by Emil Carlsen, Still Life, circa 1894
1 copy print
  • 'Still Life with Swan'
2
10
Paintings by Emil Carlsen, Still Life, circa 1890s
3 copy prints
2
11
Paintings by Emil Carlsen, Still Life, 1920
1 copy print
  • 'The Leeds Jug'
2
12
Paintings by Emil Carlsen, Still Life, 1926-1929
5 copy prints
2
13
Still Life Composition, circa 1929
1 copy print
2
14
Paintings by Emil Carlsen, Landscapes, circa 1920s
3 copy prints
2
15
Paintings by Emil Carlsen, Seascapes, circa 1928
4 copy prints
2
16
Paintings by Emil Carlsen, Landscapes, 1928
4 copy prints
  • Landscape with bridge
  • Landscape with waterfall
2
17
Paintings by Emil Carlsen, Landscapes, circa 1929-circa 1930
4 copy prints
  • Landscape with horse and cows
  • 'Wood Pasture'
2
18
Paintings by Emil Carlsen, Allegorical Landscape, circa 1930
2 copy prints
2
19
Painting by J. Alden Weir, Landscape, circa 1908
2 copy prints
2
20
Painting by Dines Carlsen, Still Life, 1928
2 copy prints
2
21
Paintings, Landscapes, Artist Unidentified, circa 1915-circa 1925
5 copy prints
2
22
Painting, Still Life, Artist Unidentified, circa 1915-circa 1925
2 copy prints
2
23
Paintings, Landscapes in Woods, Artist Unidentified, circa 1915-circa 1925
4 copy prints
2
24
Paintings, Landscapes with Luella May Carlsen, Artist Unidentified, circa 1915-circa 1925
4 copy prints
2
25

Series 5: Miscellaneous Notes , circa 1920s
1 Folder
Box 2

Found here is one unmatched glass plate negative sleeve with notes and annotations.
Description Container Select
Annotated Photonegative Sleeve, circa 1920s
2
26

Series 6: Glass Plate Negatives , circa 1885-circa 1930
1 Linear foot
Boxes 3-4

Series comprises 169 glass plate negatives from which the copy prints were taken.
Cross reference numbers have been provided to match the glass plate negative originals with their respective copy prints.
Glass plate negatives have been scanned.
Description Container Select
Glass Plate Negatives, circa 1885-circa 1930
3
Glass Plate Negatives, circa 1885-circa 1930
4

Make a Request

  • To request an appointment to view materials, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reading Room" button. Please note, you will receive the full box.
  • To request reproductions, make your selections using the checkboxes and click the "Reproduction" button.