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The great West illustrated in a series of photographic views across the continent taken along the line of the Union Pacific Railroad west from Omaha, Nebraska

Collection Data

Andrew Joseph Russell (1830-1902), an ex-Army photographer who had trained to be a painter, spent the 1868-1869 season with the Union Pacific Railroad as the route moved west from Nebraska toward Promontory Point in Utah. His smaller albumen prints were issued by the railroad in an elaborate presentation volume; the Library's copy came from the personal library of Samuel J. Tilden. It includes 50 photographic views and an annotated table of contents, giving a brief description of each view. The collection presents an early visual history of the exploration of the American west.
Russell, Andrew J. (Photographer)
Union Pacific Railroad Company (Publisher)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1869
Place: New York
Publisher: Union Pacific Railroad Company
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection
Shelf locator: MFZ++ (Russell) 82-691
Union Pacific Railroad Company
West (U.S.)
Acquisition: Tilden Library Collection, 1895.
Statement of responsibility: By A.J. Russell.
Physical Description
Extent: 50 photographs ; 29.3 x 29.2 cm or smaller
Albumen prints
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b10738762
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0b2f5660-c6e6-012f-2379-58d385a7bc34
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