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George Augustus Horne Photographs, Class of 1899

Identifier: SC Photo-0029

Scope and Contents

The collection contains 12 glass plates (two are damaged) primarily of Lehigh University campus architecture as it existed at the close of the Nineteenth Century. Apparently the photographs were made to fulfill a class assignment. The photographer graduated with a degree in Analytical Chemistry.


  • Creation: 1897-1899


Conditions Governing Access

Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.

Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

The collection was donated to the Special Collections by Elizabeth Wolle McKay, LU Class of 1981. Elizabeth Wolle is the daughter of Peter C. Wolle, LU Class of 1953 BA, ’56 MS and Jane Spencer Wolle, a daughter of Jocelyn Horne who was a daughter of George Augustus Horne, the photographer of this collection. Elizabeth is married to Scott McKay, LU Class of 1978. She is the great-granddaughter of the collection’s photographer George Augustus Horne, LU Class of 1899, Analytical Chemistry. One of the glass plates is a portrait of a young man identified as George’s younger brother Frederick Roland Horne, LU Class of 1907, Civil Engineering (EWM-12). George Augustus and Frederick Roland were sons of Charles Edward Horne and Caroline Leake McGee who was the daughter of James McGee and Elizabeth Ann Merklee. George Augustus Horne and family (daughter Jocelyn and son Arthur Welch Horne, LU Class 1932 Mechanical Engineering) lived at 1138 Myrtle Avenue, Plainfield, N.J. Peter C. Wolle’s ancestors are George Henry Wolle, LU Class 1887, Electrical Engineering and his son Aubrey Bevan Wolle, LU Class 1921.


0.5 Linear Feet (One photo box) : 12 glass plate negatives

Language of Materials



Twelve glass plate negative photographs of Lehigh campus buildings, both interior and exterior views circa 1898. The photographer and the donor collectively represent an extensive Lehigh family spanning two centuries.


The arrangement of the glass plates are as they were given to Special Collections. Each glass plate was designated with the initials of the donor as a record – EWM (Elizabeth Wolle McKay) and numbered in the GS (Glass Slide) series.

Physical Description

Donated in a small box measuring 11 x 13.5 x 3 cm wrapped in stained blue paper with black lettering: New York Dry Plate Co. Orthochromatic Non-Halation Lantern Plates, office 823 Broadway, New York U.S.A. Works at Guttenberg, N.J. on the Hudson, 1 doz. 4 x 5 New York Dry Plate Record Brand Extremely Rapid Emulsion.



George Augustus Horne Photographs, Class of 1899
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Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

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