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Walter Pertuch Digital Images Collection


Held at: Fairmount Park Historic Resource Archives [Contact Us]1515 Arch Street, 10th Floor, Philadelphia, PA

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Fairmount Park Historic Resource Archives. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Mr. Pertuch was born on August 2, 1888 and died in January, 1976, when he was 88 years old. From 1904, when he was around 16, he started working at the Franklin Institute, probably as a stack assistant of some type. In 1940, he replaced Alfred Rigling as librarian and held the position until he became librarian emeritus in December, 1959. It’s interesting to note that Pertuch was only the third librarian at the Franklin Institute. The institute’s original librarian, Emanuel Hiltebrand, served from 1824 until 1887, and his successor, Alfred Rigling held the post from 1887 to 1940. While at the Franklin Institute, Pertuch wrote at least one brief work, titled Reminiscences and edited and compiled another, Horological books and pamphlets in the Library of the Franklin Institute. Additionally, the institute holds a collection of lantern slides that Pertuch made. This collection of images is made up of scans of the original glass plate negatives Pertuch either collected or created himself. The authorship of many of the images is difficult to ascertain because it is known that Pertuch was an avid amateur photographer but also purchased plates from other photographers.

The Walter Pertuch Digital Images Collection consists of 452 scans of original glass plate negatives. The collection features images from the late 19th century and early 20th century, and includes photographs of Philadelphia and Fairmount Park, Germany, several World’s Fair and sections of New Jersey.

Fairmount Park Historic Resource Archives
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Andrew Beck and Caity Tingo
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Archives with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Collection Inventory

Centennial Exhibition.
Cobb's Creek Park.
Fairmount Water Works.
Wissahickon Valley Park.
Valley Forge.
Jersey Shore.
St. Louis World's Fair.
Western United States.

People, animals and still lifes.
Water and watercraft.

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