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Edward H. Stone photograph collection, M2010

Identifier: M2010

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of glass plate negatives and various sized photographic prints created by E.H. Stone, a prominent local photographer in Hamilton, New York.


  • Creation: circa 1890s-1950s


Conditions Governing Use

Glass negatives in Series 1. are extremely fragile and not in condition to be used by the public. Some glass negatives have been digitized for access. Contact SCUA staff for availability of digital materials.

Biographical / Historical

Edward Harris Stone was born on August 6, 1875, in Weedsport, Cayuga County, New York and moved to Hamilton in 1884 when just nine years of age. He attended the Colgate Academy under the non-college preparatory program and completed his studies in 1894. After graduation Ed was employed as a clerk in Root’s drugstore for six years, but photography had been a consuming passion from an early age. In early October of 1900, at age 25, he quit his job and moved into Henry Hill’s studio. His business took off right away with 323 photographs ordered between October 7 and the close of 1900. He quickly assumed the role of class photographer on campus starting with the class of 1902 and his business thrived until 1958 when he died just prior to Alumni weekend.


30 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



Material in this collection has been arranged by format and size.

Processing Information

Processing and digitization of glass plate negatives began in 2017-2018 by Alli Grim.

A Guide to the Edward H. Stone photograph collection
In Progress
Michelle Smith, Frances Holmes, Linh Nguyen, and Alli Grim
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Colgate University Libraries Repository

13 Oak Drive
Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology
Colgate University
Hamilton New York 13346 United States US
315-228-7934 (Fax)