Manhattan, Kansas carte de visite photographs

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US US kmk P2000.01

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Manhattan, Kansas carte de visite photographs


  • 1863-1866 (Creation)


1.00 Linear Feet, 1.00 Box

Post-Fire Oversize Extent:
Boz 1 (9x12); 509S: 19/6/4

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Biographical history

George Burgoyne (1834-1923) was the first professional photographer to operate a studio in Manhattan, Kansas. 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.
The earliest extant views of Manhattan have been attributed to Burgoyne.
"Early Days in Riley County." Manhattan Nationalist 29 November 1923.
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.

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Scope and content

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 penciled 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 on 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.

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

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Conditions governing access

No Access restriction: All materials open for research.

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

Languages of the material

  • English

Scripts of the material

  • Latin

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Custodial history

It received accession number P2000.01.  2 views (1863 & 1864) missing. 8 negatives are being digitized.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acqusition Source: Institutional purchase 2000
Acqusition Method: Purchase.
Acqusition Date: 20000210

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General note

Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Manhattan, Kansas carte de visite photographs, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

Specialized notes

  • Citation: Preferred Citation: [Item title], [item date], Manhattan, Kansas carte de visite photographs, Box [number], Folder [number or title], Morse Department of Special Collections, Kansas State University Libraries.

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Archivist's note

Finding Aid Author: Keli Rylance and Jarrod Kuckelman
Processing Info: Accessioned by Keli Rylance, August 2017
Processed by Jarrod Kuckelman, September 2017

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