The Poole Photographic Collection


Most of the A. H. Poole Studio Photographic Collection consists of privately commissioned portraits of people in the south-east of Ireland, particularly from Waterford, Tipperary Kilkenny and Wexford . This includes studio portraits of locals, staff portraits from business firms and large houses, school classes, trade unions, clubs and societies. In addition to photographs documenting Waterford city and county primarily, the Poole firm provided photographic coverage for newspapers of events such as the arrival in Cork of survivors of the sunk Lusitania (1915), and society gatherings in the UK. The Poole Collection includes some postcards for local business, firms and institutions.

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Bibliographic Details
Main Creator: A. H. Poole Studio, photographer.
Format: Photo
Notes:All Imperial (POOLEIMP) and Whole Plate (POOLEWP) glassplate negatives are catalogued and digitised online. There are also microfilmed indexes of the photographer's day books. Poole Cabinet is covered by two main indexes dating 1884-1899 and 1899-1949. These indexes provide client names and subjects in rough alphabetical order and negative number. Date spans are denoted by these prefixes--X (bulk dates ca. 1891-ca. 1901), O (bulk dates ca. 1901-ca. 1928), D (bulk dates ca. 1912-ca. 1922), K (bulk dates ca. 1922-ca. 1936), and R (bulk dates ca. 1936-1949). One index book covers the Poole Whole Plates and Poole Imperial material. Whole Plates dating 1901-1954 and Poole Imperial 1901-1943. These indexes provide a chronological/numerical listing of plates, including subject and original negative number. The original Books are located on shelves 1389 and 1401.

Organised by size: Poole Cabinet ca. 17 x cm 12 or smaller (ca. 60000); Poole Whole Plates 17 x cm 22 (ca. 4600); Poole Imperial 25 x cm 30 (ca. 1800); Poole Large 30 x cm 35 (ca. 63).

Selection of Poole Collection images exhibited under the title "Poole's Photographic Store : photographing Waterford", National Photographic Archive, 2006.

In June 2014 a book was transferred from the Manuscripts Department and accessioned as NPA 2014/12 POOLEB. This book appeared to be similar to the indexes used to create the Poole database. On the cover a label reads "Numbered list of large CDV (9 x 12 cm) views and snapshots. 1931 onwards. Also cabinet snapshots views."

Related Materials: National Photographic Archive : See also 'Interiors and Exteriors of Irish Houses (Poole Prints)', vtls 510913, and 'Royalty Photographs (Poole Prints)', vtls 510937.

Physical description: glass negatives 64936 ; 30 cm x 35 cm or smaller.

Physical description: lantern slides 5.

Physical description: plastic negatives 23 : b&w.

Physical description: postcards 4.

Physical description: prints 7977 : b&w.

Physical description: 3748 boxes containing 23 plastic negatives, 64936 glass negatives, 7977 prints, 5 lantern slides, 4 postcards.

Citations/References: "A parcel from the past: Waterford as seldom seen before" by Des Griffin, Waterford, Intacta Print Ltd./Waterford Civic Trust, 1994.

Citations/References: "Ex camera 1860-1960: photographs from the collections of the National Library of Ireland" compiled and edited by Noel Kissane, Dublin, NLI Publications, 1990.

Citations/References: "Into the light: an illustrated guide to the Photographic collections in the National Library of Ireland" by Sarah Rouse, Dublin, NLI Publications, 1998, p.74.

Published / Created: [ca. 1884-1954].
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