Annie Burr Lewis and Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis in the North Library, Farmington, Connecticut, ca. 1940. Courtesy of The Lewis Walpole Library.
Africa: Marrakesh; Egypt. Canada: Victoria and Mt. Ranier, British Columbia; Lake Louise, Alberta; others. Europe: England; Scotland; Ireland, France; Spain; Italy, others. United States: Farmington, New Haven, and Fairfield, Connecticut; Newport, Rhode Island; Conway, New Hampshire; Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts; San Francisco and Almeida, California; Washington, D.C.; Mt. Vernon, Virginia; Jekyll Island, Georgia: St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota; Seattle, Washington; New York City and Niagara Falls, New York; Reno, Nevada; others.
The Library's photographic holdings document the Library’s primary source collections and relevant materials elsewhere. These support research on 18th century England and also provide documentary evidence of the period appearance of locations. In addition to photographs that document items in the collection and study images, included in the documentary category is the Witt Collection of images of portraits held in a variety of institutions.
A handful of photographs are considered collection objects, such as photographs of Horace Walpole’s Strawberry Hill house from circa 1900-1950 and photographs of his Berkeley Square, London, residence, dating to 1939. Microfilm materials are a mix of positive and negatives; some of these have three versions (positive, master negative, and print negative). There are approximately14 album–scrapbooks and 7 albumen prints of the Charles Lux House, dated 1887.
The collection also includes the archival photographs, largely not available elsewhere, of Wilmarth Sheldon Lewis and his wife Annie Burr Lewis, who bequeathed the collections and grounds to establish the Library, that depict their friends, family, pets, homes, and travels.