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Seneca Ray Stoddard Photographs

An inventory of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Nov 1996

Biographical History

Seneca Ray Stoddard (1844-1917) was an American landscape photographer, naturalist, writer, poet and cartographer. Born in Saratoga County, New York, he taught himself painting (one his first jobs was painting scenes in passenger cars) and photography. He eventually published several guide books to areas in and around the Adirondacks; two important works were The Adirondacks: Illustrated, published in 1873 and revised and reprinted several times up through 1914, and the first tourist map of the Adirondacks, published in 1874. His work publicizing the beauties of upstate New York helped influence the creation of the Adirondack Park in the late 1880s.

In addition to his work in New York, Stoddard travelled widely both in the United States (Alaska, Florida, the southwest) and internationally (Italy, Switzerland, France, and Scandinavia). His experiences in these journeys resulted in several lecture tours and travel books, including The Cruise of the Friesland and The Midnight Sun.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Seneca Ray Stoddard Photographs contains 7 landscape views by the New York State photographer. sepia- toned and in their original mattes, the photographs include views of Adirondack hunters in a canoe, Fort Ticonderoga, Lake George, and Niagara Falls in winter.

Arrangement of the Collection

Photographs are arranged alphabetically by location.


Access Restrictions:

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Stoddard, Seneca Ray, 1844-1917.


National parks and reserves -- New York (State)
Natural history -- New York (State) -- Adirondack Park.


Adirondack Park (N.Y.)

Genres and Forms




Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Seneca Ray Stoddard Photographs,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchase, 1996, with Edward Smith Fund.

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