Monday, October 23, 2006

The Holsinger Studio Collection

Carrie Coles Rufus W. Holsinger... Carrie Coles (Saturday, July 20, 1912). From The Holsinger Studio Collection at the University of Virginia Library. "...The Holsinger Studio Collection constitutes a unique photographic record of life in Charlottesville and Albemarle County, Virginia, from before the turn of the century through World War I. The collection consists of approximately 9,000 dry-plate glass negatives and 500 celluloid negatives from the commercial studio of Rufus W. Holsinger. Approximately two-thirds of the collection are studio portraits, and among these are nearly 500 portraits of African-American citizens of Charlottesville and the surrounding area. Many of the portraits are unidentified, but some are of visiting celebrities and dignitaries. In 1915 while teaching art at the University of Virginia, Georgia O'Keeffe sat for a portrait with Mr. Holsinger."


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