Awesome Architectural Photography, Before ‘Proper’ Cameras Were Invented

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The Gottscho-Schleisner Collection is a collection of images by two architectural photographers Samuel H. Gottscho and William H Schleisner.

The collection has over 29,000 images, with a majority of architectural subjects that include interiors and exteriors of offices, homes, factories, historic buildings and others.

Most of the architectural subjects that you see here are directed towards the areas of Northeastern U.S, with a majority of them taken in New York city and Florida. The collection includes photographs of notable Americans such as Raymond Loewy and some U.S. presidents.

So Who Was Samuel Gottscho?

Samuel Herman Gottscho – an American architectural photographer who had a great love for nature, landscape and rural life. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1875 and acquired his first camera in 1896.

Between 1896 and 1920, Samuel photographed part-time while working as a traveling salesman for lace and fabric.

Samuel particularly photographed houses and gardens as he enjoyed landscapes and rural life. His interest in architectural photography led him to attend several exhibitions and to get in touch with building and landscape architects to perfect his photographic work.

Deerfield, Massachusetts restoration
Title: Deerfield, Massachusetts restoration. Manse II; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1949 June 15. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G612-T-55430 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G612- 55430 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Empire State Building, New York City
Title: Empire State Building, New York City. [View from], to Chrysler Bldg. and Queensboro Bridge, low viewpoint; Creator(s): Gottscho, Samuel H. (Samuel Herman), 1875-1971, photographer; Date Created/Published: 1932 Jan. 19. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-05841 (digital file from pellicle) LC-G612-T01-17578 (b&w film dup. neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G612- 17578 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
John N. Conyngham
Title: John N. Conyngham, Hayfield Farm, residence in Lehman Township, Pennsylvania. Entrance facade from center; Creator(s): Gottscho, Samuel H. (Samuel Herman), 1875-1971, photographer; Related Names: Nelson, Francis A. , architect; Date Created/Published: 1934 Sept. 19-21. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G612-T-22302-B (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G612- 22302-B <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Idlewild Airport arrivals building
Title: Idlewild Airport arrivals building. Exterior at night II; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1957 Oct. 31. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-71587 (b&w film neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 71587 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Fairleigh Dickinson, Teaneck
Title: Fairleigh Dickinson, Teaneck, New Jersey. Classroom and pond from north; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1956 Sept. 19. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-69726-1/2 (b&w film neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 69726-1/2 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach
Title: Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida. Roof, to cabana over garden; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Lapidus, Morris , architect ; Lapidus, Morris , client; Date Created/Published: 1955 Mar. 30. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-67008 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 67008 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Field Bros., business at 1114 King's Highway
Title: Field Bros., business at 1114 King's Highway, Brooklyn. Night exterior II; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1953 Oct. 1. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-64423 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 64423 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Deerfield Academy
Title: Deerfield Academy. Memorial Hall, exterior from center; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1952 Sept. 23. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-62331 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 62331 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Dean Furniture Co., Jamaica model house
Title: Dean Furniture Co., Jamaica model house, Parsons Blvd. and Grand Central Parkway. Four poster bedroom; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1952 Feb. 8. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-60657 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 60657 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Corn Exchange Bank and Trust Co
Title: Corn Exchange Bank and Trust Co., 63rd St. and 2nd Ave., New York City. Bank interior III; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Fellheimer & Wagner , architect; Date Created/Published: 1951 Dec. 14. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-60467-A (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 60467-A <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Bellevue Hospital, 28th St
Title: Bellevue Hospital, 28th St., New York City. View to administration to pavilion from seventh-floor outpatient building; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Fellheimer & Wagner , client; Date Created/Published: 1950 Aug. 4. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-57747 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 57747 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Esso Building, Baton Rouge
Title: Esso Building, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Exterior at night II; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1950 Sept. 20-21. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-58039 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 58039 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Hoffmann-LaRoche, Nutley
Title: Hoffmann-LaRoche, Nutley, New Jersey. Fuel oil tank stairs; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Fellheimer & Wagner , client; Date Created/Published: 1948 Dec. 14. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-54339 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 54339 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
American Enka Corp
Title: American Enka Corp., Morristown, Tennessee. Saw teeth; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Burson, Harold , client ; H. K. Ferguson & Co. , client; Date Created/Published: 1948 Sept. 21. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-53858 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 53858 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Fort Hamilton Hospital
Title: Fort Hamilton Hospital. Model III; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1947 May 8. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-50789 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 50789 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Humphrey Hedgecock
Title: Humphrey Hedgecock, residence in Poughkeepsie, New York. Exterior; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1945 Sept. 12. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-47846 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 47846 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Connecticut College for Women
Title: Connecticut College for Women, New London, Connecticut. Campus I; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Shreve, Lamb & Harmon , architect ; Shreve, Lamb & Harmon , client; Date Created/Published: 1944 Sept. 30. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-46275 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 46275 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Jefferson Memorial, Washington
Title: Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C. Exterior from south II; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Eggers & Higgins , architect ; Eggers & Higgins , client; Date Created/Published: 1943 Apr. 17. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T01-43405 (b&w film dup. neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 43405 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Commodore Louis D. Beaumont
Title: Commodore Louis D. Beaumont, residence in Palm Beach, Florida. Dressing room; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Franchi, Lan , decorator; Treanor & Fatio , architect; Date Created/Published: 1942 Jan. 15. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-41642 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 41642 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Brooklyn Hebrew Home and Hospital_
Title: Brooklyn Hebrew Home and Hospital for the Aged, at Dumont Ave. and Grafton St., Brooklyn, New York. General view; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Hohauser, William I. , architect; Date Created/Published: 1939 Oct. 8. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T01-36199 (b&w film dup. neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 36199 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

On the 21st of June 1934, Samuel photographed the North facade of the Nebraska State Capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Samuel who was focussing on nature and landscape photography, eventually turned his focus on architectural photography. He became a professional commercial photographer at the age of 50.

Samuel believes that he created some of the best photographs when he was 70 years old. 

Nebraska state capitol
Title: Nebraska State Capitol, Lincoln, Nebraska. North facade tower with clouds; Creator(s): Gottscho, Samuel H. (Samuel Herman), 1875-1971, photographer; Related Names: Mayers, Murray & Phillip , architect; Date Created/Published: 1934 June 21-26. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G612-T-21798 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G612- 21798 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

The Father and Son-In-Law Duo

In 1935, Samuel’s son-in-law William H Schleisner joined him in his business and together they photographed some beautiful architectural photographs during that time for many years.

Samuel’s Notable Works as a Photographer

  • During the time William joined the business, Samuel's photographs appeared on the covers and inside pages of American Architect and Architecture and Architectural Record.
  • Samuel’s portraits and architectural photographs appeared in the articles of the New York Times regularly.
  • His photographs of private homes in the New York and Connecticut appeared often in ‘home decoration' magazines.
  • Samuel also regularly contributed to the Times of illustrated articles on wildflowers between the early 1940s to the late 1960s.

Samuel won the New York Botanical Garden’s distinguished service medal in 1967. Samuel and William together created a collection of more than 45,000 items.

Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Stern
Title: Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Stern, residence at 11 Garden Ln., New Orleans, Louisiana. East facade III, from right; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: William & Geoffrey Platt , architect ; William & Geoffrey Platt , client; Date Created/Published: 1947 Mar. 12-15. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G612-T-50468 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.

National Gallery of Art
Title: National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Center section, from left I; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Eggers & Higgins , architect ; Vitale & Geiffert , landscape architect; Date Created/Published: 1940 Dec. 18. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G612-T-39025 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G612- 39025 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Mrs. Lawrence J. Ullman, Heritage House
Title: Mrs. Lawrence J. Ullman, Heritage House, business on Prospect Ave., Tarrytown, New York. Detail of equipage woman figure; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Carter, Robert , architect; Date Created/Published: 1940 Apr. 29. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G612-T-37540 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G612- 37540 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Lexington Ave. building
Title: Lexington Ave. building. From 210 E. 47th St., dusk or night picture; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1957 Feb. 4. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-70324 (b&w film neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 70324 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Long Island Lighting Co. President Doebler_
Title: Long Island Lighting Co. President Doebler at Glenwood Landing; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1954 Jan. 18. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-64784-D (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 64784-D <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
John Thompson Dorrance Laboratory
Title: John Thompson Dorrance Laboratory, M.I.T., Cambridge, Massachusetts. West facade I; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Anderson & Beckwith , architect; Date Created/Published: 1953 Apr. 14. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-63192 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 63192 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
New Jersey Turnpike
Title: New Jersey Turnpike. Maintenance building 3; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Fellheimer & Wagner , client; Date Created/Published: 1952 Sept. 4. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-62129 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 62129 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Mrs. Harold I. Pratt
Title: Mrs. Harold I. Pratt, residence on Shutter Lane, Oyster Bay, Long Island. Entrance facade I; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Grigler, Kimball & Husted , client; Date Created/Published: 1952 July 19. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-61958 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 61958 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection
Title: Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 45th Ave. and 192nd St., Flushing, Long Island, New York. Exterior II; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Bernhard, Harold C. , architect; Date Created/Published: 1944 May 6. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-45326 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 45326 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
New York City views. Midtown from Welfare Island
Title: New York City views. Midtown from Welfare Island, 4:50 p.m. Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1957 Nov. 29. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-71653 (b&w film neg.) LC-DIG-gsc-5a25501 (digital file from original); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 71653 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Patricia Murphy, Candlelight Restaurant
Title: Patricia Murphy, Candlelight Restaurant, business in Manhasset, Long Island, New York. Exterior II; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1951 May 26. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-59416 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 59416 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Paul Mellon, residence in Upperville, Virginia
Title: Paul Mellon, residence in Upperville, Virginia. Entrance hall, to staircase; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1946 Oct. 28. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G612-T-49897 (interpositive) LC-DIG-gsc-5a13362 (digital file from interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.

River House, 52nd St
Title: River House, 52nd St. and E. River, New York City. Cloud study, noon, looking south from 27th floor; Creator(s): Gottscho, Samuel H. (Samuel Herman), 1875-1971, photographer; Date Created/Published: 1931 Dec. 15. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-05839 (digital file from pellicle) LC-G612-T01-17489 (b&w film dup. neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G612- 17489 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Roxy Theatre, 49th Street
Title: Roxy Theatre, 49th Street, New York, N.Y. [Interior] with curtain down; Creator(s): Gottscho, Samuel H. (Samuel Herman), 1875-1971, photographer; Date Created/Published: 1932 Nov. 22. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-05844 (digital file from pellicle) LC-G612-T01-19326 1/2 (b&w film dup. neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G612- 19326 1/2 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Rockefeller Center, New York City
Title: Rockefeller Center, New York City. RCA Building, general view from old Union Club; Creator(s): Gottscho, Samuel H. (Samuel Herman), 1875-1971, photographer; Date Created/Published: 1933 Sep. 1. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsca-05849 (digital file from pellicle) LC-G612-T01-20545-Ax (b&w film dup. neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G612- 20545-Ax <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Phipps Garden Apartments
Title: Phipps Garden Apartments, 5101 39th Ave., Long Island City. Old section, garden from entrance; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Stein, Clarence S. , architect; Date Created/Published: 1940 May 17. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G612-T-37630 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G612- 37630 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
President Warren G. Harding, residence
Title: President Warren G. Harding, residence in Marion, Ohio. Small house from which campaign was carried on; Creator(s): Gottscho, Samuel H. (Samuel Herman), 1875-1971, photographer; Date Created/Published: 1961 Nov. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-77632 (b&w film neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 77632 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Port Royal Beach Club
Title: Port Royal Beach Club, Naples, Florida. Clubhouse from water; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Sample, J. G. , client ; Volk, John L. , architect; Date Created/Published: 1959 Nov. 13. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-74835 (b&w film neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 74835 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co
Title: Pittsburgh Plate Glass Co., Columbia Chemical Division. General view of plant XXI; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1944 Jan. 18-22. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-44740 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 44740 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Robert T. Swaine, residence in Milton
Title: Robert T. Swaine, residence in Milton, Connecticut. Up shot of staircase I; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1938 June 30. Medium: 1 negative : nitrate ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G622-T-33181 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G622- 33181 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

The Archives of their Creations:

  • Samuel and William's collection for the Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America consists of more than 29,000 online negatives and photo transparencies. These can be found in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.
  • Over 40,000 items of his works are held by the Museum of the City of New York when an exhibition of his work was opened in November 2005 under the title, “The Mythic City: Photographs of New York by Samuel H. Gottscho, 1925-1940.”
  • Another archive of his work is held by the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at the Columbia University.

Samuel died in Jamaica, New York in 1971.

Van Cortlandt mansion
Title: Van Cortlandt mansion, Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, New York. Exterior; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1949 June 13. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G612-T-55410 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G612- 55410 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Sumner T. McCall, residence on Bayberry Lane
Title: Sumner T. McCall, residence on Bayberry Lane, Greenwich, Connecticut. Stair hall to library; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Barnum, Phelps , architect ; Barnum, Phelps , client; Date Created/Published: 1939 Oct. 16. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G612-T-36284 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G612- 36284 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Yale College, New Haven
Title: Yale College, New Haven, Connecticut. Branford Court toward Harkness Tower; Creator(s): Gottscho, Samuel H. (Samuel Herman), 1875-1971, photographer; Date Created/Published: 1930 Mar. 20. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 5×7 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G612-T-12804 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G612- 12804 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Sterling National Bank
Title: Sterling National Bank, 101-25 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, Long Island. Exterior II; Creator(s): Gottscho, Samuel H. (Samuel Herman), 1875-1971, photographer; Date Created/Published: 1963 Sept. 23. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-79427 (b&w film neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 79427 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Savitt, business at 80 Church St
Title: Savitt, business at 80 Church St., New Haven, Connecticut. Exterior, to watches and bracelets; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Fernandez, Jose A. , client; Date Created/Published: 1953 Oct. 19. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-64466 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 64466 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Westfield Federal Savings
Title: Westfield Federal Savings, Westfield, New Jersey. Staircase; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1952 Feb. 12. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-60694 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 60694 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Sosnick & Thalheimer
Title: Sosnick & Thalheimer, business in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Stationery; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Raymond Loewy Associates , client; Date Created/Published: 1950 Feb. 2. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-56471 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 56471 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Warren J. Lockwood houses
Title: Warren J. Lockwood houses, Roselle, New Jersey. Exterior IX; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Related Names: Ehrlich, Milton L. , client; Date Created/Published: 1949 Nov. 30. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-56239 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 56239 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Sealright, Fulton, New York
Title: Sealright, Fulton, New York. Interior; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1947 Jan. 31. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-50260 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 50260 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Russel Wright, residence at 7 Park Ave
Title: Russel Wright, residence at 7 Park Ave., New York City. Mr. Wright in studio; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1943 May 17. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T01-43584 (b&w film dup. neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 43584 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
World's Fair views. Constitution Mall
Title: World's Fair views. Constitution Mall, four statues and trylon and perisphere; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1940 Sept. 29. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T01-38518 (b&w film dup. neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 38518 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
World's Fair, Florida Building
Title: World's Fair, Florida Building. General view, from terrace club; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1939 Aug. 2. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-35720 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 35720 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
World's Fair views. George Washington
Title: World's Fair views. George Washington, trylon and perisphere; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1940 Sept. 29. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-38521 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 38521 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
World's Fair night views. Westinghouse tower
Title: World's Fair night views. Westinghouse tower; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1939 June 24. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-35346 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 35346 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
World's Fair night views. Italian Building
Title: World's Fair night views. Italian Building, detail; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1939 May 26. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-35155 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 35155 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
World's Fair night views. Lagoon pool water
Title: World's Fair night views. Lagoon pool water fountain display; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1939 May 26. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-35159 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 35159 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
World's Fair night views
Title: World's Fair night views. U.S. Steel and reflections III; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1939 May 24. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T01-35150 (b&w film dup. neg.); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 35150 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
World's Fair, DuPont Building
Title: World's Fair, DuPont Building. Interior I; Creator(s): Gottscho-Schleisner, Inc., photographer; Date Created/Published: 1939 May 13. Medium: 1 negative : safety ; 4×5 in. Reproduction Number: LC-G613-T-35041 (interpositive); Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication. Call Number: LC-G613- 35041 <P&P> [P&P]; Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

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