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Kilburn, B. W. (Benjamin West), 1827-1909



  • Existence: 1827 - 1909

Biographical History

B. W. Kilburn (1827-1909) was an American landscape, stereoscopic-view photographer and publisher.

Benjamin West Kilburn was born December 10, 1827 in Littleton, New Hampshire to Josiah and Emily Kilburn. He took photographs and stereo-views of landscapes at the end of the nineteenth century in the United States and Canada. He and his brother, Edward Kilburn, operated a studio in the McCoy Block in Littleton and by 1868 they moved to a larger building at the Chutter Block location on Main Street. After the Boston Fire of November 1872, a new factory was built on Cottage Street. Young salesmen carried Kilburn views onto the trains and south to a wider audience. They were for a time considered the most extensive manufacturer of stereoscopic views. Kilburn died January 15, 1909 in Littleton, New Hampshire.

Wikipedia, via WWW, July 13, 2017 (birth and death dates and place; professional history; subject focus).

Ancestry, via WWW, July 13, 2017 (parents' names).

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

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

Collection of travel stereographs

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227654826]
Identifier: MSS 5984
Scope and Contents

Contains 17 stereoviews of places in Europe and the United States. Places include Oregon, Arizona, California, Illinois, Washington D.C., Athens (Greece), St. Louis (Missouri), Norway, Moscow (Russia), England, Germany. Fourteen of the stereoviews were published by the H.C. White Co.; two were published by Richard Behrendt and one was published by B.W. Kilburn.

Dates: approximately 1893-1905

B. W. Kilburn and C. R. Savage stereographs

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197225540498]
Identifier: MSS 3307
Scope and Contents

Collection contains six stereographs and one postcard. Three of the stereographs were taken and produced by B.W. Kilburn. One is of three Japanese Geishas walking in a park in Yokohama. Another is of the home of Brigham Young in Nauvoo, Illinois. The last stereograph is of Donner Lake, taken by C.R. Savage. The postcard is of Logan City, Cache Valley, Utah. The photograph is copyrighted in 1887 by C.R. Savage.

Dates: approximately 1887-1900

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

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Europe -- Photographs 2
United States -- Photographs 2
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 1
Donner Lake (Calif.) -- Photographs 1
Dwellings -- Illinois -- Nauvoo -- Photographs 1