Framing Richmond

What do the following photographs have in common?

St. Peter’s Catholic Church
800 East Grace Street, Richmond, Virginia
Circa 1860
Dr. Charles K.S. Millard, photographer
Gift of Preservation Virginia
Construction of the Diamond
3001 N. Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia
Circa January 1985
Philip Lee Coltrain, photographer
Gift of Philip Lee Coltrain
Whiskey confiscated on a train
Richmond, Virginia
Circa 1920
Gift of Richard Meissner















They are all new donations to the Valentine Richmond History Center and are currently featured in the exhibition “Framing Richmond: Recent Photography Acquisitions.”  The History Center’s photograph collection includes approximately 1 million images – including cased images, glass and film negatives, transparencies, prints and digital photographs. Our images depict a wide variety of Richmond people, places and events from the mid 19th century to the present.  Photographs are among the most frequently accessed materials in the History Center’s collection. Researchers use them for genealogy, building histories, book illustrations, documentaries, advertising and even home décor. We depend on generous donors to keep this invaluable resource growing!

“Framing Richmond: Recent Photography Acquisitions” is on view in the Stern Gallery through October 21, 2013.

Meg Hughes
Director of Collections and Interpretation