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COLLECTION Identifier: MC 1068

Scrapbook of Alice Austen, 1881-1887


Scrapbook detailing Alice Austen's interests and social life through clippings, invitations, programs, tickets, dance cards, ribbons, and other mementos.


  • Creation: 1881-1887

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Alice Austen as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.21 linear feet (1/2 file box)

The scrapbook of Alice Austen details her interests and social life through clippings, invitations, programs, tickets, dance cards, ribbons, and other mementos. Austen's interest in sports, including women's lawn tennis, is documented through her membership in the Ladies Club for Out-Door Sports, and frequent attendance at events at the Clifton Boat Club in Staten Island, and Rutgers College in New Brunswick, New Jersey.


Photographer Alice Austen (March 17, 1866-June 9, 1952) grew up on Staten Island, where she lived with her grandparents, aunts and uncles, and her mother, Alice Cornell Austen. She was introduced to photography at the age of ten, and over the course of her life took nearly 9,000 photographs, of which some 3,500 still exist. Her photographs captured the leisure life of the middle class, the Quarantine Station on Staten Island serving newly arrived immigrants, and people and street scenes of Manhattan.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2004-M40

The scrapbook of Alice Austen was acquired from Steve Finer Rare Books in 2004.

Related Material:

There is related material at the Alice Austen House Museum.

Processing Information

Processed: March 2021

By: Johanna Carll

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by the Jeannette Ward Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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