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George Eastman House

Description of the Museum


Before 1949 several major photography collections had been assembled at the Eastman Kodak Research Laboratory, where their initial purpose was to support research in photographic science. The Eder Collection purchased by Kodak in 1922 from the prolific Viennese photo-historian, scientist, and teacher, Josef Maria Eder, and the Cromer Collection, purchased in 1939 from the widow of Parisian lawyer and collector Gabirel Cromer, formed the nucleus of the still photography collection that was later transferred to the home of George Eastman, founder of Eastman Kodak Company. (At his death in 1932 George Eastman had willed his home to the University of Rochester, which subsequently deeded it to the newly incorporated photography museum.)

Photography collections contain more than 400,000 prints and negatives; substantial holdings of 19th-century French and American photographs, including the world's most extensive daguerreotype collections; major 20th-century holdings, including substantial collections of work by Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke- White, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Lewis W. Hine, Gertrude Kasebier, and Edward Steichen; and representative collections of commercial, scientific, and contemporary photography.

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