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Albertype Company photographs

Call Number: RH PH P139


Collection of photographs created by the Albertype Company of street scenes and buildings in various Kansas towns.


  • approximately 1910


Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library Staff may determine use restrictions depents on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Albertype Company

In 1890, Adolph and Herman L. Wittemann founded the Albertype Company, a postcard and viewbook publishing company based in Brooklyn, New York. Herman Wittemann owned the company. The Albertype Company used a then-recent technological innovation, the collotype, to photomechanically reproduce images through the use of photographic negatives. From 1890 until its closing in 1952, the Albertype Company produced over 25,0000 prints through the work of agents, such as Adolph Wittemann, taking photographs of different cities and regions and reproducing the images as collotypes. The collotypes were then used to reproduce images used in postcards and viewbooks published by the company. The Albertype Company also reproduced images taken by other companies.


17 folders : Sizes of photographs vary.

Physical Location

RH PH P139

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Wisconsin State Historical Society, 1957.


Guide to the Albertype Company Collection
Albertype Company photographs
Finding aid prepared by nb, 1986. Finding encoded by cmp, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Albertype Company photographs, RH PH P139, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States