By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: My great-grandfather had an old Brownie camera I wish to learn more about. I was wondering if there was anyone at the Eastman House who could give me the age of the camera? I’d also like to look at photographs in the Eastman House Collection. Do I need an appointment?

A: While the George Eastman House located in Rochester NY is open Tuesdays through Sundays, you will need to schedule an appointment to visit their Photo Collection Study Center. Assistant Archivist Joe Struble can discuss your interests.

For appointments, call (585) 271-3361 ext. 459. The photo collection has over 400,000 photographs and negatives dating back from the invention of photography to the present day. More than 14,000 photographers are represented in the collection.

Highlights include a major collection of Ansel Adams, a major collection from 19th Century photography of the American West and one of the largest collections of daguerreotypes in the world with a significant holding of early to mid-20th century material.

The collection is most accessible through the name of the photographer. For more details on your great-grandfather’s camera, there is a technology department which can supply information about the age and manufacturer of most photographic equipment if possible.

The George Eastman House also houses the International Museum of Photography and Film. The Rochester landmark is a fixture and can be visited year round. Address: 900 East Avenue. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00pm, Sundays 1:00pm-5:00pm. Thursday evening until 8:00pm.


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