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Prints and Photographs Division

Detroit Publishing Company Collection
More than 300 photochrom prints are in the Detroit Publishing Company Collection, including large format panoramic and mammoth plate views. Many of the b&w glass negatives in this collection were used as the source for photochrom images. [More information]]

Foreign Geographic File

Photochrom prints are scattered throughout the Foreign Geographic File. The digitized prints can be found in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog by selecting "Miscellaneous Items in High Demand" and searching for the word "photochrom." [View examples]

LOT 6323

Passenger accommodations aboard six Norddeutscher-Lloyd transatlantic ships, 1905-1915, Detroit Publishing Company collection. 28 prints. [View examples]

LOT 13252

Views of St. Petersburg and Moscow from the George Kennan Papers. 13 prints [View catalog record]

LOT 13256

Miscellaneous Russian pictures from the George Kennan Papers. 4 prints. [View catalog record]

Other Institutions

Curt Teich Postcard Archives
Lake County Discovery Museum
27277 N. Forest Preserve Rd.
Wauconda, IL 60084 External
The color postcards made by the Curt Teich Company of Chicago, which operated from 1898 to 1978 as the world's largest printer of view and advertising postcards, include a number of photochrom prints identified with the term "C.T. Photochrom." Later color postcards are marked "C.T. Colortone."

Denver Public Library
Western History and Genealogy
10 West Fourteenth Avenue Parkway
Denver, Colorado 80204 External
The online collection includes approximately 200 photochrom prints.

Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village (also called the Henry Ford)
20900 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, Michigan  48124
General website:
Detroit Publishing Company exhibition: External
The Museum has 5,000 photochrom prints published by the Detroit Publishing Company.  

Zürich Central Library
Zähringerplatz 6
CH-8001 Zürich
General Web site: External
The collection in the Graphische Sammlung includes 11,000 photochrom prints donated by the Art Institute Orell Füssli, between 1889 and 1914. More than 3,000 digitized photochroms are viewable in the NEBIS online catalog at External   (Search for the word "photochrom.")

Selected Bibliography

Detroit Publishing Company Sale Catalogs that List Photochrom Prints

  • Detroit Photographic Co. Catalogue F. Scenic, Architectural and Marine Views, Published in Aäc, Silver, Platinum, and Special Hand Colored Prints. Detroit: Detroit Photographic Co., 1899. LC Call Number: TR199 .D47

    Part I includes the views available as Aäc photographs (photochroms) on pages 1-135 with an index in the preface. Part II lists views available as plain (silver) and hand-colored versions, often of the same or similar subjects. This catalog includes views from all over the world and from a number of photographers.

  • Detroit Photographic Co. Catalogue J - Part I. Aäc Photographs of Scenery and Architecture. Detroit: Detroit Photographic Co., 1901. 192 p. LC Call Number: TR199 .D48

    A revision of Catalogue F. Part I contains only Aäc photographs, both United States and foreign views.

  • Detroit Publishing Company. Catalogue J - Foreign Section. Aäc Photographs of Scenery and Architecture. Detroit: Detroit Publishing Co., 1905. P. LC Call Number: TR199.D48

    An update to Catalogue F that focuses on views outside of the United States that were probably issued by the Photoglob Zürich.

Books That Feature Photochrom Prints

  • Arqué, Sabine, et. al. Voyage en couleur, photochromie, 1876-1914. [Paris] : Paris bibliothèques; Eyrolles, c2009. LC Call Number: TR790 .V69 2009 (P&P Ref)
  • Hughes, Jim. The Birth of a Century: Early Color Photographs of America. London and New York: Tauris Parke Books, 1994. LC Call Number: E168.H894 1994

    Lavish color illustrations of Detroit Publishing Company photochrom prints. The process is described on pages 8-9.

  • Southall, Thomas W. "In the Colors of Nature: Detroit Publishing Company Photochroms." In Intersections: Lithography, Photography, and the Traditions of Printmaking,edited by Kathleen Stewart Howe, 67-75. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1998. LC Call number: NE2250.T35, vol. 17.
  • Walter, Marc, and Sabine Arqué. The World in 1900: A Colour Portrait. Translated by Philip Watson. London: Thames and Hudson, 2007. Originally published as Portrait d'un monde en couleurs (Paris: Editions Solar, 2006). LC Call number: G138.5 .W35513 2007.

Books That Describe Photochrom Prints

  • Coe, Brian, and Mark Haworth-Booth. A Guide to Early Photographic Processes. [London]: Victoria & Albert Museum in association with Hurtwood Press, 1983. LC Call Number: TR350.C64 1983
  • Disteli, Martin. Romantische Tierbilder zu Fabeln und Versen von A.E. Fröhlich, J.W. Goethe, A. Hartmann ... [et al]. Zürich: Amstutz & Herdeg, 1940. LC Call Number: NC1195.D5 W3
    Contains 8 prints made by photochrom offset.
  • Hales, Peter B. William Henry Jackson and the Transformation of the American Landscape. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1988. LC Call Number: TR140.J27 h26 1988
  • Joseph, Steven F. "Photoglob Zurich/Orell Füssli & Co."In Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Photography, 1078-1079. New York: Routledge Press, 2008. LC Call Number: TR9.H25 2007
  • Nadeau, Luis. "Photochrom Process." In Encyclopedia of Nineteenth Century Photography, 1074-1075. New York: Routledge Press, 2008. LC Call Number: TR9.H25 2007
  • Sassi, Dino. Helvetia: Souvenir. Zürich, Switzerland: Photoglob, 2002. LC Call Number: DQ26 .S27 1998.