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Descriptive Summary

Historical/Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Administrative Information

Access Points

Inventory

Guide to the Hal B. Fullerton Photographs
1880-1910
Control # F-12

Finding Aid prepared by: Hyslop, John Ara, 1970-

Archives at Queens Library
Queens Borough Public Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: (718) 990-0770


Descriptive Summary

Creator Fullerton, Hal B., 1857-1935
Title Hal B. Fullerton Photographs,
Dates: 1880-1910
Abstract: The Hal B. Fullerton Photographs consist of photographs Mr. Fullerton took of a variety of scenes throughout Long Island, including Brooklyn, Huntington, Jamaica, Long Island City, Medford and Wading River. The following are documented in the photographs: Long Island Rail Road Company (LIRR) cars and stations, LIRR’s Experimental Stations in Wading River and Medford, early automobiles and races including the Vanderbilt Cup Race, and Charles M. “Mile-A-Minute” Murphy. These photographs are one of a few Hal B. Fullerton Photograph collections held at other institutions. Some of these photographs are the original glass plate negatives. Some of them are duplicates of photographs held at the Suffolk County Historical Society. The rest are duplicate prints of negatives whose origins are unknown.
Extent: 8 boxes, 2.4 cubic feet
Identification: F-12
Location: The material is located in the Archives at Queens Library.

Historical/Biographical Note

Hal B. Fullerton was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1857. He came to the New York in the late 19th century to work in the export business. The Long Island Rail Road hired him as their Director of Agriculture. As Director his main purpose was to promote and develop agricultural on Long Island. He spearheaded the railroad’s attempts to promote agriculture on Long Island by starting two “Experimental Farms” first in Wading River and then in Medford, New York. In both farms he successfully grew a variety of plants.

Mr. Fullerton’s interests and promotions were not limited to agriculture. He came up with the idea of Charles “Mile-a-Minute” Murphy, the first person to ride a bicycle a mile under a minute. He helped bring the first Vanderbilt Cup Race to Long Island and Long Island Automobile Association’s first 100 mile endurance race. He was active in the Good Roads movement and promoted the development of paved roads on Long Island. He promoted bicycling on Long Island by creating bicycle paths around the Island. He was also very active in the Boy Scouts.

Mr. Fullerton died January 12, 1935.

For more information about Mr. Fullerton please read Charles L. Sachs’ biography The Blessed Isles: Hal B. Fullerton and his image of Long Island, Heart of the Lakes Publishers 1991.

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Scope and Content Note

The Hal B. Fullerton Photographs consist of photographs Mr. Fullerton took of a variety of scenes throughout Long Island, including Brooklyn, Huntington, Jamaica, Long Island City, Medford and Wading River.

A significant portion of the photographs are of the Long Island Rail Road Company’s (LIRR) cars and stations. Included in this are photographs of the remains of its Long Island City terminal after the December 18, 1902 fire. Also included are photographs of the railroad’s rotary and wedge snowplows removing snow after the November 1898 and January 1899 blizzards; as well as the wedge snowplow accident of November 1898 in Queens Village. This portion also includes photographs of the railroad’s Cannonball before its first run and the opening day events for the Port Washington Railroad Station.

The collection includes photographs of early automobiles and races, including The Long Island Automobile Club’s first endurance run, April 1902 and the first Vanderbilt Cup Race, October 8, 1904.

The collection contains photographs of the LIRR’s Experimental Stations in Wading River and Medford, though the majority of these are from their second Experimental Station in Medford. The photographs of the Medford site include images of the land before the farm was built, Italian laborers that cleared the land, Fullerton’s family on the farm, and more.

The group also contains photographs documenting Charles M. “Mile-a-Minute” Murphy’s race against time on the LIRR’s track in South Farmingdale. The photographs are of Mr. Murphy preparing for the race, the construction of the track and the LIRR’s cars used by Mr. Murphy to lower wind resistance.

These photographs are one of a few Hal B. Fullerton Photograph collections held at other institutions. Some of these photographs are the original glass plate negatives. Some of them are duplicates of photographs held at the Suffolk County Historical Society. The rest are duplicate prints of negatives whose origins are unknown.

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Arrangement

The photographs are arranged in Archives at Queens Library control number order HBF-#. The numbering system matches and expands upon the Suffolk County Historical Society’s numbering system.

The photographs are not in any particular order.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Creator of item, date of item (if known), identification of item, if a photograph its control number. The Hal B. Fullerton Photographs, Archives at Queens Library, Queens Borough Public Library.

Provenance

The glass negatives were donated to the Library by Samuel B. Cross. The prints without negatives were obtained from the Suffolk County Historical Society and photograph dealers.

Access Restrictions

Open for research without restrictions. Manuscripts are only available in the Archives at Queens Library, please call (718) 990-0770 for hours. Manuscript users will be required to complete the division's Manuscript Usage Form and deposit their photograph identification or Queens Borough Public Library card with a staff member. The identification will be returned to the user after she/he has returned the material. Manuscript users will deposit all their personal items behind the reference desk. Manuscript users must use the division's loose sheets of paper for note taking. To reiterate, no pen of any type is permitted. Paper and a pencil are available upon request. Manuscript users may be required to use special handling procedures depending on the conditions of the material.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the:

Archives at Queens Library
Queens Borough Public Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432
Phone: (718) 990-0770.

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Access Points

Subject Names:

  • Fullerton, Hal B., 1857-1935

Subject Organizations:

  • Long Island Automobile Club
  • Long Island Rail Road
  • Vanderbilt Cup Race

Subject Topics:

  • Automobiles
  • Automobiles, Racing
  • Bicycles
  • Locomotives
  • Railroads

Subject Places:

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Huntington (N.Y.)
  • Jamaica (New York, N.Y.)
  • Long Island (N.Y.)
  • Long Island City (New York, N.Y.)
  • Medford (N.Y.)

Document Types:

  • Photographs

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Inventory

[The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.]

Photographs ( 1880-1910, 176 photographs)
Box - Folder: N38, N56, N57, N152, N164, P26

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