Johnston, Frances Benjamin photographs Guide to the Frances Benjamin Johnston photographs MSS 16666

Guide to the Frances Benjamin Johnston photographs MSS 16666


Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
P.O. Box 400110
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904-4110

Rose Oliveira, Accessioning Archivist

Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
MSS 16666
Frances Benjamin Johnston photographs undated, ca. 1900s
8 Cubic Feet, Eight cubic feet
Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952
English .

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is minimally processed and open for research

Preferred Citation

MSS 16666, Frances Benjamin Johnston photographs, Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was a University transfer from the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Librarys to the Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia on July 14, 2021.

Content Description

This collection contains prints of photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952). In the 1930s, Frances Benjamin Johnston photographed Colonial and early Republic architecture under the auspices of the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South in nine southern states. The majority of the collection focuses on Virginia towns and counties. The collection presents buildings in close to their original state, during a time when architectural alteration or restoration were not as prevalent. This collection of nearly 1000 photographs of 17th, 18th and 19th century buildings in Virginia was acquired as prints by the University of Virginia Library in the 1930s. They were added to the Library's digitized collections in the early 2000s. Links to the digitized collections can be found under Digital Materials in the finding aid.


The contents are organized alphabetically by name. Box 1: Accomack and Albemarle Box 2: Albemarle, Alleghany, Amherst, Appomattox, Augusta, Bedford , Botetourt, Buckingham, Caroline, Charles City Box 3: Charles City, Charlotte (empty), Chesterfield, Clarke, Culpepper, Dinwiddie, Essex, Fairfax, Fluvanna Box 4: Fluvanna, Fredrick, Gloucester, Goochland, Hannover, Henrico, Isle of Wight, James City, King George Box 5: King George, Kind and Queen, King William, Lancaster, Loudon, Middleburg, Louisa, Matthews, Mecklenburg, Middlesex, Montgomery, Nansemond, Nelson, New Kent Box 6: New Kent, Northampton, Northumberland, Pittsylvania, Powatan, Prince George, Princess Anne, Richmond Box 7: Richmond, Roanoke, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Surry, Warren, Warwick, Westmorland, York Box 8: Non Virginia and Miscellaneous Virginia, Campbell.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Architects -- Virginia.
  • Architecture -- Virginia
  • Architecture -- Virginia -- Albemarle County.
  • Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952
  • Photographers
  • Photographers

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Johnston, Frances Benjamin, 1864-1952