Historical Society of Bloomfield | Photo Gallery | Russell Collection

From the Glen Ridge Public Library

Percy Suydan (Syd) Wilson (1897 - 1992) was a Councilman (1955-60), the first official Glen Ridge Historian, and the rescuer of the Nathan Russell photographs.  Russell, a turn-of-the-century realtor, photographed his listings from about 1890 until his death in 1917.  When he died, the pictures remained in his house at 216 Ridgewood Avenue.  The day before the demolition began for the new high school, Syd Wilson commandeered his good friend Tom Booth to cart out thousands of photos (annotated in Russell's hand) and 5" x 8" glass negatives, each weighing a quarter of a pound, a herculean task.  The Russell Collection is now in the Glen Ridge Public Library. 

The photos in this gallery are from the Russell Collection of houses in Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, and Montclair, scanned from photos and glass plate negatives.  

This Russell web collection is a cooperative project between the Historical Society of Bloomfield, the Glen Ridge Public Library, and the Glen Ridge Historical Society.  Special thanks to Jennifer Breuer, Director of the Glen Ridge Public Library and to John Sitnik, former Director for helping to preserve this collection and for graciously sharing it and to Sally Meyer and Kevin Sherry of the Glen Ridge Historical Society for helping to identify and catalog the photos.

Digitization, concept, and web production by Rich Rockwell.

Photos and glass plate negatives were scanned using an Epson V700 scanner. Photoshop was used to enhance the contrast in many of the digital images.  

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