Collection Facts

Extent: 
77 items
Dates of Original: 
c. 1906 - 1913

Historical Context

Verne Morton was born October 9, 1868, in Groton, N.Y. He and his brother Neil lived on the family farm in central New York all their lives. Verne taught school and practiced freelance photography, photographing the people and their work in this rural community. The Mortons lived a frugal life, with income from the family farm and an inheritance from a carriage and wagon business. Neil bought his first automobile in 1913 and the two brothers traveled and photographed the northeastern United States. Verne Morton took photos until he died in 1945.

Scope of Collection

A sampling of images from the almost 12,000 early glass plate negatives of this gifted Groton photographer who worked from 1895 to 1945 documenting rural life in upstate New York.