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ID: 500013054
 
Record Type: Person
Rau, William Herman (American photographer, 1855-1920)

Note: Born 19 January 1855; died 19 November 1920. In 1874 Rau obtained a position with the United States Government Expedition to document the transit of Venus. In 1877 he formed a partnership with his father-in-law William Bell, a survey photographer. Rau purchased Bell's stereograph company in 1877, and operated it under his own name until it was purchased by Underwood and Underwood in 1901. In 1881 Rau photographed in Colorado and New Mexico. He also travelled to Egypt to photograph monuments in the 1880s. Rau was appointed in 1890 as the official photographer of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and appointed in 1895 as the official photographer of the LeHigh Valley Railroad to document views along their lines. Rau also photographed the Johnstown, Pennsylvania flood and the 1904 Baltimore fire. He was associated with the Photographic Society of Philadelphia, the American Lantern Slide Interchange, the Photographic Exchange Club of Philadelphia and the Detroit Publishing Company. American landscape photographer, Philadelphia.

Names:
Rau, William Herman (preferred,V,index)
William Herman Rau (V,display)
Rau, William H. (V)
Rau, William (V)
Rau, W. H. (V)

Nationalities:
American (preferred)

Roles:
artist (preferred)
photographer

Gender: male

Birth and Death Places:
Born:  Philadelphia (Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States) (inhabited place)
Died:  Philadelphia (Philadelphia county, Pennsylvania, United States) (inhabited place)

Events:
active:   ca. 1870 - ca. 1920  Pennsylvania (United States) (state)

Related People or Corporate Bodies:
child by marriage (in-law) of ....  Bell, William H.  
..................................................  (American photographer, 1830-1910) [500055414]

List/Hierarchical Position:
 ....  Persons, Artists
 ........  Rau, William Herman (I)

Biographies:
(American photographer, 1855-1920) ..... [BHA Preferred]
(American photographer, 1855-1920) ..... [AVERY]
(American photographer; born Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, United States), 1855; died Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, United States), 1920) ..... [CCA]
(American, 1855-1920) ..... [JPGM]

Sources and Contributors:
Rau, W. H. ........ [CCA, VP]
.....................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database
Rau, William ........ [CCA]
..........................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database
Rau, William H. ........ [BHA Preferred, CCA, JPGM Preferred, VP]
...............................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database
Rau, William Herman ........ [AVERY Preferred, CCA Preferred, VP]
.......................................  Avery Authority files (1963-)
.......................................  J. Paul Getty Museum, collections online (2000-) accessed 6 May 2009
.......................................  Library of Congress Authorities online (2002-)
William Herman Rau ........ [CCA, VP]
.....................................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database

Subject: ........ [AVERY, BHA, CCA, JPGM, VP]
....................  Canadian Centre for Architecture database
....................  Eastman House Database [online] (n.d.)
....................  Finkel, Nineteenth-century photography in Philadelphia (1980) 218
....................  Getty Vocabulary Program rules
....................  LCNAF Library of Congress Name Authority File [n.d.] 109
....................  Library of Congress Authorities online (2002-)
....................  Ruby, 19th-Century Pennsylvania Landscape Photography (1986) 9-11
....................  Sandweiss, Nineteenth-Century Photography in America (1991) 327
....................  Travis, Photography Rediscovered (1979)
 
Note:
English .......... [AVERY, CCA]
.......... Eastman House Database [online] (n.d.)
.......... LCNAF Library of Congress Name Authority File [n.d.] 109
.......... Ruby, 19th-Century Pennsylvania Landscape Photography (1986)
.......... Sandweiss, Nineteenth-Century Photography in America (1991)
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