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Crissman, Joshua, 1833-1922


Biographical History

Joshua Crissman (1833-1922) was a photographer in the Western United States.

Joshua Crissman was born July 29, 1833 in Madison, Ohio. He probably began taking photographs during the Civil War, and moved to the Western United States circa 1868. He moved around Wyoming and Utah taking pictures, and he settled in Bozeman, Montana in 1871, where he was involved with William Henry Jackson in taking photos for the Hayden expedition of Yellowstone country. The stereoviews produced during this expedition, and Crissman's willingness to sell them to individuals and companies for publication, helped make him a popular photographer. After the scientific expedition, Crissman continued photographing Yellowstone's geysers, springs, and tourist attractions until the summer of 1874. His stereograph series, from 1871-1874, are called the "Views of Yellowstone National Park." Around 1874 he again moved around the western United States and continued to operate photography companies until his death in 1922.

The Yellowstone Stereoview Page, via WWW, 23 June 2017 (Joshua Crissman; b. July 29, 1833; d. 1922)

Yellowstone Stereoviews (Birth and death date, where he moved and lived, his professional activities, the Hayden expidition, how he became famous, nature of his stereographs, "Views of Yellowstone National Park," photography companies)

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Collection of Yellowstone National Park stereographs

Identifier: MSS 9007
Scope and Contents

Contains 36 Yellowstone National Park black and white stereographs, with a few duplicates of varying quality. The dates range from 1871 to 1910. The stereographs were produced by several photographers, the main contributors being Joshua Crissman, Henry Bird Calfee, and the Nelson (Nelse) partnership.

Dates: approximately 1871-1910

Joshua Crissman Yellowstone collection of stereographs, 1871-1874

Identifier: MSS 9007 Series 1
Scope and Contents Contains 21 black and white stereographs taken by Joshua Crissman of several features of Yellowstone National Park, including waterfalls, rivers, formations, geysers, and one hunting scene. These stereographs were likely taken from Crissman's time in the Hayden expedition, which he joined in 1871. The stereographs are part of a series called "Views of Yellowstone National Park," which feature photos he took between 1871-1874. The stereographs are on yellow, blue, pink, and brown paper...
Dates: 1871-1874

Lovejoy & Foster Yellowstone stereoviews, 1878

Identifier: MSS 9031 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Series includes two black-and white stereoviews taken within Yellowstone National Park by Lovejoy & Foster, dated 1878.

Dates: 1878

Paul Rubinstein collection of Yellowstone stereoviews

Identifier: MSS 9031
Scope and Contents

Contains 110 black-and-white stereoviews, taken in the Yellowstone Park area in 1871-1872. Negatives by Joshua Crissman of Bozeman, Montana. 107 of these negatives were published and marketed by William Isaac Marshall in 1876. Three stereoviews by Lovejoy and Foster, using some of Crissman's negatives.

Dates: 1872-1878

Stereograph of Yellowstone National Park, approximately 1910

Identifier: MSS 9007 Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains a single colored stereograph taken by an unknown photographer in approximately 1910. It is a photograph of a train station at the entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

Dates: approximately 1910

William Isaac Marshall Yellowstone stereoviews, 1876

Identifier: MSS 9031 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Series contains 89 black and white stereoviews of various locations within Yellowstone National Park, published by William Isaac Marshall. Titles and descriptions of the stereoview are on the back of each card.

Dates: 1876

William Isaac Marshall Yellowstone variant stereoviews, approximate 1876

Identifier: MSS 9031 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Series includes 18 Marshall/Crissman stereoviews of various locations within Yellowstone National Park. Titles and descriptions of the stereoview are on the back of each card.

Dates: approximate 1876

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Archival Object 5
Collection 2
Yellowstone National Park -- History 3