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History of Art - Visual Resources Centre: Photograph Albums

The Visual Resources Centre also houses several photograph albums dating from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. The creators of these various albums are unknown and there are little to no clues to their identities within the albums. They contain a mixture of commercial images and amateur photographs of European art and architecture.

Harris Manchester Albums

This is a series of three (possibly unrelated) oversized photographic albums containing late nineteenth-century prints of European art and architecture. The majority were acquired from commercial producers and are in varying states of condition.

They were donated to the Ashmolean Photograph Library in 1996 by the librarian of Harris Manchester at the time, who found them in an attic room of the college.

Unidentified Albums

We also take care of several unidentified photographic albums, mainly containing late nineteenth and early twentieth century albumen prints.

Six of these albums arrived in February 2009 from the old University store at Nuneham Courtney. Another six albums containing black and white photographs of European architecture, circa 1930-1950 were donated anonymously.


The Visual Resources Centre is open

Monday - Thursday 9am - 5pm

Friday 9am - 4pm

If you would like to view the collections or have a question related to the resources please email the Visual Resources Assistant Francesca Issatt at

01865 286839

History of Art Department
University of Oxford
Suite 9, Littlegate House
St Ebbe’s, Oxford
OX1 1PT, United Kingdom