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Walter F. Welch Photographs

Call Number: MS094

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs circa 1840 -- 1930 given to Tufts University by alumnus Walter F. (W. F.) Welch. Most are portraits of Native Americans, but other subjects include Jack and Charmian London and Theodore Dreiser. Many of the photographs in this collection were listed by Welch under the heading “Western Americana.”


  • Creation: 1840 -- 1930


Language of Materials



This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

No documentation is available regarding the intellectual property rights in this collection.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Jamaica, New York, Walter Frederick Welch, Jr. (A28) was an alumnus who donated a large volume of rare books, artifacts, and archival materials to the university. Welch became an active donor in 1952, when he began giving rare books and manuscripts intended to provide Tufts students with examples of bibliographical history. As of 1957, Welch resided in Santa Monica, CA.


0.25 Linear Feet


This collection contains photographs circa 1840 -- 1930 given to Tufts University by Walter F. Welch.


This collection was left in received order.

Custodial History

Donated to Tufts University by Walter F. Welch. No information about Welch’s acquisition of the material is available.

Processing status

This collection was processed at the item level by Assistant Archivist Alexandra Bush in 2023. Folder labels were added; bioghist and scope and content were added; original order was maintained. Previous processing note stated: Originally this collection appears to have contained all Welch-donated items. At some time, after AC collection was created, many objects were moved to AC and currently only photographs remain. Welch-donated items from AC need to be transferred back to the Welch collection in the future.

Repository Details

Part of the Tufts Archival Research Center Repository

35 Professors Row
Tisch Library Building
Tufts University
Medford Massachusetts 02155 United States