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Happy Anniversary!

Edward Augustus Seton, View of St. Joseph's Academy, 1825. Oil on canvas. Used with permission of the Provincial Archives

Edward Augustus Seton, View of St. Joseph’s Academy, 1826. Oil on canvas. Used with permission of the Provincial Archives

July 31 marks a double anniversary. Four years ago today the Province of St. Louise USA began from the former US provinces of Albany, Emmitsburg, Evansville, and St. Louis. On this day in 1809 St. Elizabeth Ann Seton began the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s, in Emmitsburg, MD, on the same grounds which today house the Emmitsburg Campus of the Daughters of Charity and the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

The photo shows an oil painting of the Emmitsburg grounds as they appeared in 1825. The building in the middle is Mother Seton’s White House, which can still be seen today.

“Well, my own troubles will teach me I hope, how to comfort others, and serve as the payment of some little part of the great debt I own.”
—St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (C.W., vol. II, L 6.4, p. 78)

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Digital Exhibit: Photographs of William H. Tipton

Last week, for #Throwback Thursday, we shared two images of William H. Tipton, a prominent Gettysburg photographer whose images show up in our records of St. Joseph Academy. The Academy records contain a total of five Tipton photographs, showing both campus and students. We present them here. All images are used with the permission of the Provincial Archives. The images in this online exhibit are 150 dpi; high-resolution images are available for study in the Provincial Archives.

Oratory at St. Joseph's Academy, Emmitsburg, MD (Photo by William H. Tipton)

Oratory at St. Joseph’s Academy, Emmitsburg, MD (Photo by William H. Tipton)

Music room at St. Joseph's Academy, Emmitsburg, MD (Photo by William H. Tipton)

Music room at St. Joseph’s Academy, Emmitsburg, MD (Photo by William H. Tipton)

Group of St. Joseph's Academy students, 1900 (Photo by William H. Tipton)

Group of students, St. Joseph’s Academy, Emmitsburg, MD, 1900 (Photo by William H. Tipton)

St. Joseph's Academy, Emmitsburg, MD, class of 1903 (Photo by William H. Tipton)

St. Joseph’s Academy, Emmitsburg, MD, class of 1903 (Photo by William H. Tipton)

St. Joseph's Academy, Emmitsburg, MD, class of 1894 (Photo by William H. Tipton)

St. Joseph’s Academy, Emmitsburg, MD, class of 1894 (Photo by William H. Tipton)

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William H. Tipton photos in the Provincial Archives

(Images used with permission of the Daughters of Charity Provincial Archives. Text is based on an article which appeared online in PACivilWar150.com)

St. Joseph's Academy class of 1894 (photo by William H. Tipton)

St. Joseph’s Academy class of 1894 (photo by William H. Tipton)

Art classroom at St. Joseph's Academy (photo by William H. Tipton)

Art classroom at St. Joseph’s Academy (photo by William H. Tipton)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seen here are two images from the early 1890s at St. Joseph’s Academy in Emmitsburg. One is the group image of the Class of 1894; the other is an art classroom. They are, of course, a window into the lives of the young women who were educated in Emmitsburg over 100 years ago; however, they have a second interesting feature. They, along with other images in our St. Joseph’s Academy collection, are the work of a well-known Civil War photographer, William H. Tipton.

At the time of the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863, the only local commercial studio in the town was operated by Charles J. (1838-1906) and Isaac G. Tyson (1833-1913). The studio was founded in 1859. Tipton (1850-1929) was a native of Gettysburg who began working there as an apprentice at the age of twelve. Following the battle, the studio distributed images documenting the battlefield area and Gettysburg itself taken before and after the battle.

In 1866 Tipton and one of his employees, Robert A. Myers, purchased the studio from the Tysons and renamed it Tipton and Myers Excelsior Gallery. In 1880 Tipton became sole owner and the firm became known as W. H. Tipton and Company. Tipton’s business flourished, and he continued to photograph Civil War battlefields, including Antietam, Fredericksburg, Petersburg, Spotsylvania, and Chancellorsville. He served on the Gettysburg Town Council and was elected to the state legislature, and worked on President Theodore Roosevelt’s campaign.

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An indication of the scope of Tipton’s business can be seen on the back of the 1894 class picture, which contains this note:

… I have many thousands of plates taken from battle to present time, from which I can furnish photographs or lantern slides.
Headquarters for souvenir albums, guide book, and tourists novelties.
W.H. Tipton
3 Main Street
Gettysburg, PA”

Today, Tipton’s Civil War photography resides at the National Archives, as part of the records of the National Park Service.
Included in that collection are people and scenes used by Paul Philippoteaux as the basis for his Gettysburg Cyclorama. The cyclorama, now restored, can be seen today in the Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park. It is not clear how much of Tipton’s non-Civil-War photography has survived. The Provincial Archives has none of Tipton’s business records, nor do we have images of Tipton’s connected with Gettysburg or the Civil War. The images of his that we have are from work he did for the Daughters of Charity at St. Joseph’s Academy. However, we were pleased to find that our collections can add, in a small way, to the record of this important local photographer.

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