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James F. Drake, Inc.:

An Inventory of Its Literary File Photography Collection at the Harry Ransom Center

Creator: James F. Drake, Inc.
Title: James F. Drake, Inc. Literary File Photography Collection
Dates: circa 1880-1950, undated
Extent: 35 items
Abstract: The James F. Drake, Inc. Literary File Photography Collection consists of 35 photographs from the firm of James F. Drake, Inc.
Call Number: PH-02855
Language: English
Access: Open for research. Please note: Negatives cannot be accessed without curatorial approval. To make an appointment or to reserve photography materials, please email Visual Materials Reference staff. Researchers must create an online Research Account and agree to the Materials Use Policy before using archival materials.
Use Policies: Ransom Center collections may contain material with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in the collections without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the Ransom Center and The University of Texas at Austin assume no responsibility.
Restrictions on Use: Authorization for publication is given on behalf of the University of Texas as the owner of the collection and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder which must be obtained by the researcher. For more information please see the Ransom Centers' Open Access and Use Policies.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation James F. Drake, Inc. Literary File Photography Collection (PH-02855). Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Acquisition: Internal transfers
Processed by: Mary Foster and Susan McClellan, 2006

Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin,

Scope and Contents

The James F. Drake, Inc. Literary File Photography Collection consists of 35 photographs, including several cabinet cards and cartes de visite, and six diacetate or nitrate negatives. The firm of James F. Drake, Inc. was established in 1911 by James Frederick Drake (1863-1933) for the sale of rare books and manuscripts. The bulk of the images in the file are portraits of various people, including John Burroughs, Bret Harte, Henry Irving, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, James Russell Lowell, and Mark Twain. An index at the end of this guide lists photographers whose work is featured in this file.
This file forms a part of the Literary Files Photography Collection that is comprised of photographs and albums withdrawn from the libraries and/or papers of literary figures, and generally includes portraits and images collected by or of those figures.

Related Material

Associated and related material by and about James F. Drake, Inc. can be found in the Center's library and in the James F. Drake, Inc. Collection (MS-02154).

Index Terms


Arents, George, 1875-1960.
Barrow, John, 1808-1898.
Burroughs, John, 1837-1921.
Curtius, Ernst, 1814-1896.
Dickman, J. T. (Joseph Theodore), 1857-1927.
Harte, Bret, 1836-1902.
Hayes, Rutherford B., 1822-1893.
Irving, Henry, 1850-.
Longfellow, Henry W. (Henry Wadsworth), 1895-1986.
Lowell, James Russell, 1819-1891.
Michelet, Jules, 1798-1874.
Patti, Adelina, 1843-1919.
Pershing, John J. (John Joseph), 1860-1948.
Smith, Alfred Emanuel, 1873-1944.
Stockton, Frank R., 1834-1902.
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Wilson, Francis, 1854-1935.


James F. Drake, Inc.


Authors and publishers.
Literary agents.

Document Types

Albumen prints.
Card photographs.
Cartes de visite.
Nitrate negatives.
Photographic prints.

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