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Underwood & Underwood



  • Existence: 1882 - 1941

administrative history

Underwood & Underwood was a stereograph and photography producer and distributor. The company was established in Ottawa, Kansas in 1882, moved to New York in 1887, and ceased operations in the 1940s.

Underwood & Underwood was established in 1882 by Elmer and Ben Underwood in Ottawa, Kansas. The company originally focused on distributing Eastern photographers' stereographs in the West through a network of door-to-door salesmen. In 1887 the headquarters of the company were moved to New York, though manufacturing continued to take place in Ottawa with the building of a plant in 1891 to manufacture stereographic cameras, stereoviews and stereoscopes. By 1901 Underwood & Underwood was a leader in stereographic image production and distribution. In 1920 the company divested itself of its stereograph productions, selling their stock and rights to the Keystone View Company. Underwood & Underwood ceased operations in the 1940s.

Its Maps and plans accompanying Washington through the stereoscope, c1903-c1904: map recto (Underwood & Underwood, publishers, N.Y. & London)

Journal of Mormon History, Fall 1992: p. (est. 1882 by Elmer and Ben Underwood in Ottawa, Kan.; distributed Eastern photographers' stereographs to the Western market with door-to-door salesmen; est. plant in Ottawa by 1891 to manufature stereo photographic cameras, stereoviews and stereoscopes; moved their headquarters to New York City, opened branch offices in Baltimore, New York, and Liverpool; by 1901, Underwood & Underwood was manufacturing packaged sets of stereo views--25,000 a day (more than seven million a a year), and 300,000 stereoscopes a year)

Wikipedia, Mar. 9, 2012: Underwood & Underwood (early producer and distributor of stereoscopic and photographic images; early news bureau photography; company moved to New York, N.Y. in 1887; stereograph production stopped in 1920, stock and rights sold to Keystone View Company; ceased business in the 1940s)

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

B. L. Singley and Underwood & Underwood spirit stereographs

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233285631]
Identifier: MSS 7984
Scope and Contents

Collection includes two stereoviews of photographs that were double exposed to give the illusion of a spirit. Underwood & Underwood produced one photograph and B. L. Singley produced the other.

Dates: 1893-1894

Collection of stereographs

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197227605836]
Identifier: MSS 4071
Scope and Contents

Collection includes sixty-six stereographs, with images of locations and events from around the world. Images include the Semi-Centennial Utah Jubilee in 1897, London, England, the Columbian Exposition in 1893, the Panama Canal, Scotland, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, India, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Jerusalem, France, New York, Oregon, Washington, Illinois, California, Ohio, and Colorado. There are also many images of people, including a set of four entitled "The Halloween Party."

Dates: approximately 1893-1905

The haunted lovers, 1893

Identifier: MSS 7984 Item 1
Scope and Contents

Stereoview of a double exposure of a woman in a dress and a couple that give the illusion of a spirit. Image was produced by Underwood & Underwood of Littleton, New Hampshire in 1893.

Dates: 1893

Underwood and Underwood stereographs

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197233632964]
Identifier: MSS 7689
Scope and Contents The collection includes 39 stereographs, 37 of which are from an edition of the Latter-Day Saints' Tour from Palmyra New York to Salt Lake City. The other two stereographs are of the interior of the Mormon Tabernacle (1904) and the Eagle Gate (1904) photographed by B.W. Kilburn. A photocopy of the pamphlet "The Latter-Day Saints' Tour: from Palmyra, New York to Salt Lake City, through the stereoscope" by Brigham H. Roberts. A photocopied copy of "Sterographs and Stereotypes: A 1904 View of...
Dates: 1903-1905

Underwood & Underwood photographs of Mount Sinai

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233608907]
Identifier: MSS P 461
Scope and Contents

Collection includes three photographs of Mount Sinai and manuscripts of biblical texts.

Dates: approximately 1880-1949

Underwood & Underwood stereo views and stereoscope of Palestine

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9232
Scope and Contents Stereoscope and stereo views taken by Underwood & Underwood that depict mainly scenes from Palestine. Many of the images are landscapes of biblical or other historical sites. Many photographs contain images of landscapes and local people, most of which are mentioned specifically in the Bible. Several photographs provide images of local people and actors dressed in contemporary and historical costumes in order to reenact Biblical stories. Stereo views accompanied by an...
Dates: 1896-1905

Underwood & Underwood stereographs of South Africa

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197233614467]
Identifier: MSS P 584
Scope and Contents

Collection includes 108 stereographs with images of the Boer War in South Africa between 1899 and 1902. The stereographs are housed in three small cases, with captions on the back of the cards in six languages.

Dates: approximately 1899-1902

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Collection 6
Archival Object 1
Stereographs 4
Photographs 3
Images 2
Albumen prints 1
Christianity 1