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Collection Overview

Administrative Information

Restrictions

Biographical History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Subject and Genre Headings

Inventory

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Finding Aid for the Roy W. Nagle Photograph Collection, circa 1850-1910, undated


Collection Overview

Creator: Nagle, Roy W. (Roy Washington), 1897-1974
Title: Roy W. Nagle Photograph Collection
Inclusive Dates: circa 1850-1910, undated
Call number: RBR Buffalo Photo F129 .B8 N25
Extent: 1 half manuscript box. (.2 linear feet)
Abstract: Contains b/w images of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Buffalo, mainly documenting downtown area businesses and streetscapes. Includes a small number of images of the Pan American Exposition.
Language: Collection materials are in English.
Repository: Rare Book Room, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

[Description and dates], Box/folder number, Roy W. Nagle Photograph Collection, Central Library: Rare Book Room, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Acquisition date and circumstances unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by: Amy Vilz, July 2008

Finding aid encoded by: Amy Vilz, October 2010

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The Roy W. Nagle Photograph Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

See librarian for information on reproducting materials from this collection, including photocopies, digital camera images, digital scans, as well as copyright restictions that may pertain to these materials.

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Biographical History

A prominent local historian, Roy Nagle was often referred to as "a one-man historical society."* Nagle was born in Buffalo, New York on July 4, 1897 and held many vocations throughout his life. As a teenager, he began working at the Buffalo Courier newspaper, and eventually became a reporter and drama critic. He served in the infantry in World War I, and upon returning to the States became a realtor for Kinsey Realty Co. In 1929, he left Kinsey to become the general manager of the Buffalo Broadcasting Company. Concurrently, he edited a local newspaper, the Kensington Topics.

In 1956, Nagle was hired by Manufacturer’s and Traders Trust to lecture on Buffalo history. It is estimated that Nagle lectured to 70,000 to 80,000 persons over the course of his career and had amassed a local history collection of 20,000 images and 33,000 documents and manuscripts. Nagle died December 23, 1974.**

* "Profile: Roy Nagle," by Bob Watson, Buffalo Magazine, vol. 39 no. 6 (June 1964), pp. 28-29.
** "Roy W. Nagle dies at 77; He Shared Love of History with Community," Buffalo Evening News, December 23, 1974, pp. 13.

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Scope and Contents

Contains b/w images of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century Buffalo, mainly documenting downtown area businesses and streetscapes. Includes a small number of images of Grand Island; the 1901 Pan American Exposition; homes of prominent Buffalonians; and churches.

The Nagle Photograph Collection was partially processed and entered into the RBR Image database by RBR staff in 2001. At that time, numbers were assigned to each image, beginning with the designation “RWN.” These numbers were retained during final processing (July 2008) and appear on the verso of each image. Descriptions were taken directly from photograph verso annotations. See librarian for further information on the database.

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Arrangement

Photos are arranged by subject.

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Subject Headings

Persons

Nagle, Roy W. (Roy Washington), 1897-1974

Subjects

Buildings -- New York State -- Buffalo
Cities and towns -- New York State
Expositions -- Buildings -- New York State -- Buffalo
Streets -- New York State -- Buffalo

Genres and Forms

photographs

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Inventory

Box 1.1 Businesses, circa 1850-1910, undated; includes images of: Valentine Hoffman’s Tavern; Governor’s Hotel; Brown’s Hotel; Genesee Hotel; Ross Block; Hazard Block; 1893 Palace Arcade ruins; Brown Building; D.S. Morgan Building; Prudential Building site; Phoenix Hotel; Tifft House; Arcade; Genesee Street Belt Line; Tucker’s Art Store.
Box 1.2 Canada, undated; includes image of St. Paul’s Anglican Church [Fort Erie].
Box 1.3 Churches, circa 1850-1910, undated; images of Washington Street Baptist; Niagara Street Methodist; Washington Street First Universalist Church; St. Peter’s French Roman Catholic; Universalist Church of the Messiah; Breckenridge Street Presbyterian; St. Paul’s Episcopal Church post-fire.
Box 1.4 Grand Island, 1890, undated; images of McComb Hotel; City of Ararat.
Box 1.5 Homes, undated; images of Orsamus H. Marshall; William A. Bird, Merrill B. Sherwood; Salisbury House.
Box 1.6 Military, circa 1890-1899; image of Fort Porter.
Box 1.7 Municipal buildings, circa 1880-1890, undated; images of Grover Cleveland’s office; Buffalo Female Academy; Public Library site; Old Driving Park; Federal Building; Buffalo Fire Department; old Buffalo and Erie County buildings; Parade House at Humboldt Park.
Box 1.8 Pan-American Exposition, circa 1901; Midway; Circle of Fountains; Temple of Music [night view]; Electric Tower.
Box 1.9 Public events, 1865, 1895; images of 1895 Liberty Pole; Lincoln funeral procession.
Box 1.10 Settlement, circa 1890-1899, undated; images of Joseph Ellicott; Holland Land Co. pioneer.
Box 1.11 Streetscapes, circa 1886-1899, undated; images of Main Street; Main and Swan Streets; Washington Street; Church Street; Church and Franklin; William Street; Delaware Avenue; Seneca Street; Genesee Street; Broadway; Ellicott Square excavation; Shelton Square.
Box 1.12 Water views, circa 1890-1899, undated; images of Buffalo River; harbor; docks.

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