The

Collection

Alice Austen took over 8,000 photographs in her lifetime. The collection was dispersed over several locations when Alice lost her home in 1945. Here is a selection of her photographs and their locations.

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Format: 2018
Format: 2018

Soldier Line Up

The World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago; Summer; 1893; Illinois; travel

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Hercules Ice Skating Rink Cold Storage

The World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago; Illinois; travel; tower reads Hercules Ice Skating Rink Cold Storage

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Ferry Docking

Approach to the ferry slip of Downtown Manhattan from page 3 of Alice Austen's Commemorative Journal; New York

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Shoes

Shoes, a montage by Alice Austen 

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Alice Austen and Gertrude Tate

Alice Austen and Gertrude Tate; Pickard's Penny Photo

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Alice Austin and Friend in Front of Clear Comfort

Alice Austin and friend in front of Clear Comfort

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Little girl with baby carriage on porch

Little girl with baby carriage on porch

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Christmas Tree

Man and six childrean seated around a Christmas Tree

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Alice Austen with Aunt Minn and Mr. Langford

Alice Austen with Aunt Minn and Mr. Langford at Clear Comfort

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Portrait

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Alice Austen Day

Alice Austen on Alice Austen Day

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Atlantic City, New Jersey

Atlantic City, New Jersey

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Alice Austen's Car

Alica was the first woman on Staten island to own a car.

#10 film tab; 4.5x6.5 envelope #4 

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Steamer boat

Steamer from Kattskill boy house; Ticonderoga and dock on a Wednesday; Lake George; Upstate New York; stanley 35, Waterbury lens; 10:20 am; Instantaneous; 60 ft

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Attorney Short with Family

Wm. A Short, attorney (right), his wife and child and his father (left); Staten Island; New York; 

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Steamboat Horicon

Steamboat Horicon on a Friday; Lake George; Upstate NY; fine bright day, haze; Stanley 35, Dahlmeye lens; 60 ft; Instantaneous; 12:15pm

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Elizabeth Alice Townsend

Elizabeth Alice Townsend, Alice's Grandmother. Being a Quaker, grandma wore plain clothes and little jewelry except for a mourning ring, inscribed with the initials for her two dead sons. This picture is on pg 28 of Alice's World. Miss Eliza Ann Binns was marked out and her hand, which was placed on Mrs. Austen's left shoulder, was covered with ink;

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Gertrude Tate

Gertrude Tate (second from right); Winifred Baker 

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Street Cleaner with Watering Pots

Street cleaner with watering pots in Manhattan

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The World's Columbian Exposition

The World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago: Illinois: Obelisk: travel

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The World's Columbian Exposition

The World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago; Illinois; travel; Pan American Exposition; Indian statue

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7th Regiment and Band

Columbus Naval Parade; 7th regiment and band from 305 5th avenue; Manhattan; New York

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Columbus Naval Parade

Columbus Naval Parade on a Friday; Russian sailors; from 305 5th avenue; Manhattan; New York

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Columbus Naval Parade

Columbus Naval Parade from 305 5th avenue backs of soldiers (Russian and English); Manhattan; New York; Friday

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English Soldiers

Columbus Naval Parade; English Soldiers (Magicien); from 305 5th avenue; Manhattan; New York; Friday

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7th Regiment

Columbus Naval Parade from 305 5th avenue; 7th regiment; Manhattan; New York

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Horse Drawn Wagons

Horse drawn wagons removing snow; street scene

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Deflected

stereoscope; Underwood & Underwood Publishers; Deflected - Home from the club, he fears the storm; 1897

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Exasperation

stereoscope; Underwood & Underwood Publishers; Exasperation - Home from the married men's club, he fears the storm; 

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John Haggerty Austen

John Haggerty Austen

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Quarantine

Quarantine; grounds toward office showing administration building; cloudy day, winds, no sun; 3 seconds, stop 32; 2:45pm; R.G. Lens; Tuesday, March 5, 1901; PAX No. 67

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Lawn

Lawn with huge plant; print in two pieces, the third piece has not been recovered

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Country Lane

Country Lane

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Gothic Style House

woman standing outside of a small "Gothic Style" house

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Alice Austen

Alice Austen on veranda at Clear Comfort; Staten Island; New York

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Group Photo

Group of 11 people, 2 dogs, 1 child; Gertrude Tate first left row

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Clear Comfort

Clear comfort from back with vines and ivy

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Austen House Garden

Clear Comfort; view from the terrace looking down the shore road; 1885; Staten Island; New York; Austen House Gardens

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Alice Austen in Ball Gown

Alice Austen in the hall of Clear Comfort; 1883; Young Alice wearing a ball gown

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Seated Women

Two women seated on porch with dog; ivy; Violet Ward

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Alice Austen in costume

Parties and a pleasant social life continued in the 1930's, but financial worries and arthristis began to distress Alice

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Remains of Hoboken Fire

Remains of Hoboken Fire on a Wednesday in New Jersey

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Hoboken Fire

Hoboken fire remains on a Wednesday in New Jersey

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Dr. Doty's house

Quarantine; Dr. Doty's house and others from dock; 1895; 11am; stop 11, speed 100, 3 lp, RG lense

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Caged Animals

Quarantine, Hoffman Island, Guinea pigs and rabbits with man in cap standing by animals in cages in the Laboratory, original plate damaged

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Swinburne Island

After several cholera pandemics in the nineteenth century, the federal government built Swinburne and Hoffman islands to serve as areas of quarantine for immigrants arriving by ship and carrying contagious diseases. Along with Hoffman Island, which was constructed in 1873, Swinburne was used through the early 20th century

Quarantine

Quarantine; Staten Island; on a Monday

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Room After Hoboken Fire

Open safe in a room after Hoboken fire; New Jersey

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Violet Ward and Friend

Violet Ward and woman friend in front of Austen House; Clear Comfort; porch; Staten Island; New York

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Violet Ward and Friend; pose 2

Violet Ward and woman friend in front of Austen House; Clear Comfort; porch; Staten Island; New York

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Ships in Narrows- Naval Parade

Ships in Narrows- Naval Parade. 400th anniversary of columbus' voyage to America.

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Aunt Nellie

Mrs. Peter Townsend Austen, Alice's aunt Nellie, at left; her elder son Monroe Austen, Elizabeth Austen, and Oswald Austen.  In the background is Ms. Butler, the governess. 

The unsentimental realism of Alice Austen's photos of mother and children were unusual for her day.

"Cloudy, rainy day.  A&R 40, Waterbury lense, 10 ft., Inst."

The photo is taken in New Brunswick, New Jersey

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The Eccleston Family

Eccleston family in the parlor of St. John's rectory, Rosebank, Staten Island. 

Stanhope on Edith's shoulder, Mrs. Eccleston, Trude, Sam, Jack, Edith, Mamie, Bertie, Stanhope, Fred Mercer.

Stanley 35, 16 sec, 14 ft

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Swing Bridge

Gate house tree; Drawbridge near Rockhill, Cloudy day, 60 ft. 

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Wabun and other boats

Nautilus and Wabun in look --- Chesapeake City Lock.  Fine day. 8:30 am. 60 ft.  

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Bus Drivers

Bus drivers, Watkins, NY

"Fine day, Stanley 35, 60 ft Inst slow

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Lunch out of doors

A lunch out of doors, Mr. Hopper pulling cork. Watkins Glen, NY. 

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Dingman's Ferry, PA

Gertrude Tate in a wagon, Dingman's Ferry, PA.

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View down Beacon Street

Boston, as seen from the roof top of Alice's hotel.

Austen used a Stanley 35 camera, Waterbury lense, 60 ft.

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The Strong Residence, New Brunswick, NJ

"Mrs. Strong's house from gate (great deal of trees with girl on porch rail)."

This is the Strong residence in New Brunswick, NJ.  The girl on the porch is Bessie Strong.

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Dancing

TWo respectable residents of Bennington, Vermont, egged on by Alice and Julia Martin, expose a shocking  amount of black-stockinged ankle, calf and knee. "She was a devil of a girl, if ever there was one," old miss Austen chuckled when she remembered Mrs. Snively. "Oh, she was a corker!" ( Miss Sanford & Mrs. Snively. fine day. 5.35p.m. , Friday, Aug. 29th, 1890.

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Quarantine Island Laboratory

Laboratory, upstairs, Quarantine island

Fred at work 

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Suspender Salesman

Suspender salesman.

"Pedler, suspenders, Wall&Front Strees. NY. set. Fine day in shade. 9.45 a.m., Friday, June 12th, 1896. Cramer Crown. Waterbury lense. Inst. quick, 12 ft. 

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Engines of J. W. Wadsworth

Engines of J. W. Wadsworth, a disinfecting boat on its way to one of the quarantine islands.

W.L. 30 ft, only medium light, 935 cranks up, counted 100.

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New York University

Front of New York University with trees on fine sunny Monday at 4:25pm.

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Children Playing

Children were playing on the rocky beach below the Austens' garden on a Saturday around 2:15p.m.

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Metropolitan Opera House

Metropolitan Opera House on 39th street and Broadway around 2pm

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U.S.S Texas

The battleship Texas was laid down in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1892.  Here she is pictured after returning from the Spanish American War in grey paint.  This photos was taken offshore with Staten Island in the background.  Note, the sailors clothing left to dry.

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Kaiser Wilhelm Maiden Voyage

Kaiser Wilhelm Maiden Voyage of 1897 in the narrows.

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Trude & I

In an era when women were arrested for smoking in public, 25-year-old Alice and the Episcopalian minister's daughter, Gertrude Eccleston, simulated sinfulness.  The scene is Ms. Eccleston's bedroom in the rectory.  Alice Austen wrote on the negative sleeve: "Trude & I masked, short skirts. 11 p.m., Thursday Aug. 6th 1891. Gas on, flash.  Stanley 35, Waterbury lense. 11ft."

Austen has said about the photograph: "We were hard-up that day, I guess. We had no ideas about smoking then, but we thought we were smart."

Trude's House

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Dining Room Table

The Ward's dining room table on Sunday.

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Lou's House

Interior of Lou's house in Boston showing dining room table.

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Untitled

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Staten Island Ferry

Ferry in the first municipal service between Staten Island and Manhattan.

"Part of our ferry boat deck. Fine day. 10 a.m., Mon., Nov. 17th, 1890. Cramer Crown. Dallmeyer lense, 60 ft. 

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Auto

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Wrigley's

Scene from waterfront at the foot of Pennsylvania Avenue  (now Hylan Blvd) in Rosebank, Staten Island.

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Fulton Market

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South Beach

New York, Staten Island, three male brothers on South Beach watching a catamaran apparently heading for a collision with a pole, on the right side of the horizon stands the Quarantine Hospital building of Hoffman Island.

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