Collection Facts

Extent: 
632 items
Dates of Original: 
c. 1862 - 1880
Collection Owner:
NYH Topic Area(s):

Historical Context

James Gardner Vail (1842-1929) was a photographer and operated a photography studio in Geneva, New York, a city on the northern edge of Seneca Lake.

Scope of Collection

The James G. Vail collection is a collection of over 500 photographs taken in the Geneva New York area from circa 1862 to 1880. They include streetscapes, people, businesses, and building interiors and exteriors, as well as some lake and rural scenes.