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Calfee & Catlin


Administrative History

Henry Bird (Byrd) Calfee and Nelson (Nlsen) Catlin formed a partnership in Bozeman, Montana, during the the early 1870s to take stereographs of Yellowstone country/Yellowstone National Park.

Not much information is available about the Calfee and Catlin partnership. Together, they produced a series called “Views of the Wonderland, or Yellowstone Park,” which consists of at least 148 stereoviews. Issues of the Bozeman Times for 1874-78 constantly mentioned the two men as photo shop owners, and at one point Calfee was said by the newspaper to have moved to Radersburg. The partnership probably dissolved in 1880s after which Calfee began giving tours promoting Yellowstone. The history of Catlin is unknown.

The Yellowstone Stereoview Page, via WWW, 26 June 2017 (Calfee and Catlin; est. 1870s, disestablished 1880s). Accessible at (Partnership formation dates; sterotype series produced; what happened after the partnership ended).

Biography of Western Photographers, Biog., 1997: p. 290. (Calfee and Catlin; photograph company in Bozeman Montana, 1870s-1880s). (location of partnership in Bozeman, Montana).

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Henry Bird Calfee and Nelson Catlin Yellowstone National Park stereographs, approximately 1871-1881

Identifier: MSS 9007 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains 11 black and white stereographs of Yellowstone National Park, taken by Calfee & Catlin in 1870s to early 1880s. These include craters, geysers, landscapes, mountains, and rivers. The stereographs are on orange, pink, and mostly yellow backing, and are part of a series called "Views of the Wonderland or Yellowstone Park," which consists of at least 148 stereographs.

Dates: approximately 1871-1881