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William Pepper papers on Eadweard Muybridge, 1883-1898

William Pepper papers on Eadweard Muybridge, 1883-1898

Pepper, William, 1843-1898

Doctor, Educator, Philanthropist


Collection Information

Size: 20 items (on partial microfilm reel)

Summary: Correspondence between Eadweard Muybridge and William Pepper regarding the production and publication of Muybridge's ANIMAL LOCOMOTION under the auspices of the University of Pennsylvania. The letters relate to the ownership and dispersement of the plates, negatives, and lenses; Muybridge's contract with the University; and a title for the work.

Biographical/Historical Note

William Pepper was provost of the University of Pennsylvania from 1880 to 1890. The University commissioned Muybridge to complete his animal locomotion studies under their auspices. The results were published in 1887.


Microfilmed in 1990 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Pepper donated his papers to the University of Pennsylvania.

Location of Originals

  • Originals in: Department of Special Collections, University of Pennsylvania Library.

How to Use This Collection

Alternative Forms Available

Microfilm reel 4399 available at Archives of American Art offices, through interlibrary loan and at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Restrictions on Access

The Archives of American art does not own the original papers. Use is limited to the microfilm copy.

Restrictions on Use

No photocopies allowed.

How to Cite This Collection

William Pepper papers on Eadweard Muybridge, 1883-1898. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.