James H. Wells glass negatives,

Abstract

The James H. Wells glass negatives consist of 131 images of campus life circa 1904.

Descriptive Summary

Title
James H. Wells glass negatives,
Creator
Wells, James H.
Extent
1.0 cubic foot (9 boxes): 131 items
Subjects
Wells, James H.
University of Kentucky.
Lexington (Ky.)
Manners and customs -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Women -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
College students -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
Arrangement
This collection is arranged according to its original order.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by Molly Kessinger June 2007 under the supervision of Deirdre A. Scaggs, University Archivist.; machine-readable finding aid created by Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
James H. Wells was an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky from 1892 - 1895. Little else is known about the history of the collection, it was found in a sealed wooden box with "Wells Glass Negatives" written on the top.
Scope and Content
The James H. Wells glass negatives consist of 131 images circa 1904. They are not formal portraits but staged, yet casual scenes. Several of the images appear to have been taken in the dormitory rooms of Patterson Hall (built in 1904), the first women's dormitory on campus. There are also classroom scenes with students working in laboratories, campus scenes, men working in tool shops, and women playing tennis. There are several images that appear to be from a class trip to a forested area, possibly geological in nature.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Contents of the Collection

UK campus buildings off in the distance

  • Box 1, item 1
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2 men working, one is holding a shovel and the other is bending over

  • Box 1, item 2
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a State College of Kentucky wood work display

  • Box 1, item 3
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a man and 2 women sitting together outside

  • Box 1, item 4
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2 women sitting together inside, possibly a dorm room in Patterson Hall (built in 1904) the first women's dormitory

  • Box 1, item 5
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4 women sitting together possibly in a dorm room in Patterson Hall, 2 of them are playing instruments

  • Box 1, item 6
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2 women sitting at a table, possibly in a dorm room in Patterson Hall, reading and writing

  • Box 1, item 7
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a man standing in a large field

  • Box 1, item 8
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woman standing with a model of an observatory on a small cart

  • Box 1, item 9
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3 women sitting at the foot of the stairs

  • Box 1, item 10
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interior of a room, possibly a dorm room in Patterson Hall

  • Box 1, item 11
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3 women standing on rock cliffs

  • Box 1, item 12
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5 women sitting together, 2 are playing instruments while the others listen and 1 is reading

  • Box 1, item 13
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a large group of women of varying ages wearing aprons and sitting together, possibly at a candy pull

  • Box 1, item 14
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2 women outside playing tennis, possibly behind Patterson Hall on land that is now occupied by Blazer Hall

  • Box 1, item 15
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3 women walking outside in the snow with blankets wrapped around them

  • Box 2, item 16
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3 people dressed in what appear to be costumes and play acting

  • Box 2, item 17
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horses pulling a wagon with 2 people in it, in the snow

  • Box 2, item 18
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group of men looking up at a construction project in process

  • Box 2, item 19
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2 women sitting at a table reading

  • Box 2, item 20
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4 women who appear to be dressed in costume, possibly in a dorm room in Patterson Hall

  • Box 2, item 21
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a roadway with a town off in the distance

  • Box 2, item 22
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a man dressed in costume pretending to feed a baby

  • Box 2, item 23
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interior of a room, possibly a dorm room in Patterson Hall

  • Box 2, item 24
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trees

  • Box 2, item 25
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7 women sitting on a porch, 2 are holding banjos

  • Box 2, item 26
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2 women in a room, one is holding a brush and the other one is sitting in a chair holding a fan and pointing at the other woman

  • Box 2, item 27
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a woman who appears to be working in a science lab

  • Box 2, item 28
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2 women sitting together

  • Box 2, item 29
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4 women and a man sitting on the side of a hill (2 of the women are sitting on a large rock and 2 of the women are sitting on a rock next to a tree stump)

  • Box 2, item 30
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2 women ice skating other people are in the background, possibly at the site of the present student center

  • Box 3, item 31
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6 women and a man sitting on rocks (appear to be some of the same people as from item #30)

  • Box 3, item 32
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2 women sitting on the floor playing cards

  • Box 3, item 33
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4 women around a table

  • Box 3, item 34
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a snow scene

  • Box 3, item 35
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4 women standing behind a decorative screen

  • Box 3, item 36
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2 women sitting in chairs, one is reading a book

  • Box 3, item 37
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4 women together in a room, all are holding books, 2 of the women are sitting together talking

  • Box 3, item 38
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exterior of a house

  • Box 3, item 39
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a woman sitting at a small table using a microscope

  • Box 3, item 40
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women sitting at table appears that they are studying

  • Box 3, item 41
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a group of people posing for a picture at a very large rock formation

  • Box 3, item 42
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a man working at a desk

  • Box 3, item 43
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a group sitting at a table ready to eat

  • Box 3, item 44
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people walking on the street

  • Box 3, item 45
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a copy of a print, horse racing

  • Box 4, item 46
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store fronts

  • Box 4, item 47
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women playing tennis

  • Box 4, item 48
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an observatory under construction

  • Box 4, item 49
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a copy of a print, horse racing

  • Box 4, item 50
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a copy of a print, horse racing

  • Box 4, item 51
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exterior of a house

  • Box 4, item 52
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2 women sitting on rock that is jutting out over a body of water

  • Box 4, item 53
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a woman sitting and holding a fan

  • Box 4, item 54
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a town

  • Box 4, item 55
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a man standing in a workshop

  • Box 4, item 56
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5 women sitting in the forest

  • Box 4, item 57
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4 women in what appears to be a lab studying the human body

  • Box 4, item 58
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2 women sitting together, 1 is reading a book possibly in a dorm room

  • Box 4, item 59
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portrait of a woman

  • Box 4, item 60
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3 women looking at a book, sitting in a dorm room

  • Box 5, item 61
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2 women sitting on a blanket together outside

  • Box 5, item 62
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anatomy diagram

  • Box 5, item 63
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a large horse drawn carriage

  • Box 5, item 64
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observatory

  • Box 5, item 65
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3 women sitting and reading, possibly in a dorm room

  • Box 5, item 66
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a horse drawn carriage

  • Box 5, item 67
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snow scene with a house in the background

  • Box 5, item 68
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front of a house with people on the porch

  • Box 5, item 69
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2 women sitting on a large rock

  • Box 5, item 70
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looking up at the exterior of a building, can see 2 people standing on a balcony

  • Box 5, item 71
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a man in costume (appears to be the same man as in item #23)

  • Box 5, item 72
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a group of women sitting around a table playing music

  • Box 5, item 73
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women playing tennis, possibly behind Patterson Hall on land that is now occupied by Blazer Hall

  • Box 5, item 74
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2 women sitting together looking at books

  • Box 5, item 75
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2 women wearing kimonos

  • Box 6, item 76
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2 women sitting, 1 has a banjo by her side

  • Box 6, item 77
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a woman sitting under a tree

  • Box 6, item 78
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a man sitting at a desk

  • Box 6, item 79
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a man working in a shop with tools

  • Box 6, item 80
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a man drafting at a table

  • Box 6, item 81
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2 photographers taking pictures outside

  • Box 6, item 82
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2 women in costume, 1 is dressed as a man

  • Box 6, item 83
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a woman sitting on a rock

  • Box 6, item 84
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2 women wearing kimonos

  • Box 6, item 85
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3 women standing and wearing kimonos, 1 woman is sitting on the floor looking up at them

  • Box 6, item 86
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2 women sitting, 1 is playing guitar

  • Box 6, item 87
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a river

  • Box 6, item 88
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a woman and a man dressed as a woman sitting and reading

  • Box 6, item 89
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woman sitting in pairs, some appear to have moustaches drawn on

  • Box 6, item 90
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several buildings off in the distance

  • Box 7, item 91
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2 women and a man sitting on a bench outside with 1 man standing behind them

  • Box 7, item 92
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a man working with tools on machinery

  • Box 7, item 93
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5 women looking out from a balcony

  • Box 7, item 94
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3 women dressed in kimonos with 1 woman sitting on the floor looking up at them

  • Box 7, item 95
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a woman dressed in a graduation cap and gown

  • Box 7, item 96
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men working in a lab

  • Box 7, item 97
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men and women playing tennis

  • Box 7, item 98
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2 children fishing

  • Box 7, item 99
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people walking on a tree lined path

  • Box 7, item 100
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exterior of a building

  • Box 7, item 101
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2 women, one woman is sitting in a rocking chair and the other woman is resting her head on the other woman's lap

  • Box 7, item 102
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2 women sitting at a desk

  • Box 7, item 103
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a woman who appears to be dressed in costume

  • Box 7, item 104
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2 women playing instruments, one is playing a guitar while the other is playing a banjo

  • Box 7, item 105
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3 women who appear to be dressed in costume

  • Box 8, item 106
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3 women who appear to be dressed in costume, 1 of them is holding a doll

  • Box 8, item 107
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4 women who appear to be dressed in costume and acting something out

  • Box 8, item 108
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a large group of women eating bananas and being silly

  • Box 8, item 109
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2 women sitting across a table from each other

  • Box 8, item 110
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a group of men playing baseball

  • Box 8, item 111
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a skeleton

  • Box 8, item 112
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a sign that says "Forge Works"

  • Box 8, item 113
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drawing of a cow

  • Box 8, item 114
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2 women, one is reading and the other is working at a table

  • Box 8, item 115
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a large group portrait taken in a wooded area

  • Box 8, item 116
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a man standing on a pathway with buildings off in the distance

  • Box 8, item 117
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3 people walking up a rocky hillside

  • Box 8, item 118
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a house covered in snow

  • Box 8, item 119
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2 women, 1 is playing guitar and the other is reading

  • Box 8, item 120
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2 children standing with a statue

  • Box 9, item 121
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4 women sitting around a table

  • Box 9, item 122
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a wooded snow scene

  • Box 9, item 123
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a monument

  • Box 9, item 124
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a rock formation

  • Box 9, item 125
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4 men on steps holding bugles

  • Box 9, item 126
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interior of a room, possibly a dorm room

  • Box 9, item 127
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interior of a room, possibly a dorm room, a dresser and small table with a lamp on it

  • Box 9, item 128
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4 women helping each other cross what appears to be a small section of river

  • Box 9, item 129
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women climbing the side of a very steep hill

  • Box 9, item 130
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a man standing in a wooded area

  • Box 9, item 131
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