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Sarah Ann Goodwin


Old lady in chair, next door to Deam’s (Mrs. Knapp)
Source: Lilly Library, Frank M. Hohenberger Photograph Collection

This one was a puzzle. A fun puzzle. From Hohenberger’s title, I knew Mrs. Knapp’s neighbors were the Deam family. One of the preceding photos in the set was of someone Hohenberger identified as Alberta Deam. Another photo showed an interior from the Deam home, with cabinets full of stacked papers and an open botanical specimen displayed on a desk. Knowing what I do of Hohenberger, the study likely belonged to a locally important botanist. So I searched for botanists named Deam and came up with Charles Deam. From there, I was able to figure out that the family was living in Indianapolis at the time of the 1910 census and that the daughter Hohenberger photographed was named Roberta.

This photo was taken in 1913, so there was a good chance the Deams and Mrs. Knapp were neighbors in 1910. And they were. I found Mrs. Knapp listed in the 1910 census, living at 304 Burgess Avenue. The Deams lived at 318 Burgess Avenue. The 1913 city directory for Indianapolis confirms that both families were living in the same homes in that year.

So with that, I give you Mrs. Sarah Ann Knapp, neƩ Goodwin, born 5 April 1831 and died 19 March 1915. This photo was taken, then, just two years before her death.

I’m delighted that I was able to properly identify her. It would have haunted me if I hadn’t. I mean, just look at that face! She is fabulous. And I’ve no doubt she’d be more than capable of haunting anyone she pleased.

(ETA: I added this to the genealogy category, because while these are not my ancestors, the research strategies are the same I’d use in identifying my own family members.)

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Hohenberger Photo of the Day


Arched bridge at Old Vernon
Source: Lilly Library, Frank M. Hohenberger Photograph Collection

I spent some time today working on cataloging more Frank Hohenberger photos. This was one of them. I adore everything about it.

Library of Congress also has some nice photos of the arch, as part of the HABS/HAER collection.

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Praise House at Coffin Point


Source: Image Collections Online – “Prayer house on way to Coffin’s Point”

This is another Hohenberger photograph, taken at Coffin Point on Saint Helena Island, South Carolina, in 1938. There is no term in either the Thesaurus of Graphic Materials or in the Library of Congress subject heading authority file for “praise houses.” This is an oversight that should be remedied, but there just isn’t enough justification for us proposing such a heading, since there are only two images in our collection that it would apply to. So I had to find another way to describe this photo. African American churches is as close as I could get. It is not perfect, and I hate that, but it’s the best I could do.

Why does it matter? If you search our catalog for “praise houses,” you will not find this photo. If something is unfindable, it’s not of much use to our patrons.

As far as I can tell, this (and the other praise house Hohenberger photographed) are no longer extant. This makes his photos of them even more important, I think.

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Jennie Smith on porch


Source: Image Collections Online – “Jennie Smith on porch”

Part of my job (a too small part, but I’m a little biased) involves working on adding metadata to the Frank Hohenberger photo collection. I have lamented and complained and whined that there is not a good way to blog about these images, because some of them are quite wonderful. But it just occurred to me that the “press this” bookmarklet might be the perfect solution.

So, I give you one of the first images I cataloged: Jennie Smith sitting on her porch in Barbourville, Kentucky, smoking a corncob pipe, taken by Hohenberger in 1933. I love everything about this photo.

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Notes

Notes

Notes from working on the Hohenberger photo project.

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Hellenea Clark and Pamellia Barlow


Source: Lilly Library, Frank M. Hohenberger Photograph Collection – “Graves of Wm. Couper’s wives, Aug. 29, 1910, 10:30 a.m. She was/but words are wanting to say what/Think what a wife should be/and she was that/.”

I’m starting a fun project at work, adding metadata to a collection of old photographs by Frank M. Hohenberger. The bulk of the photos were taken in this area, so they’re of local historical interest. I couldn’t resist searching for cemeteries and graves, and when I did, this one jumped out at me. The “title” comes directly from Hohenberger’s journals, so we have only him to blame for the fact that William Couper‘s wives were only significant for the fact that they were married to him. They apparently did not merit their own names. And look at how young they were when they died! Hellenea was 28 and Pamellia just 23.

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