Jenny Young Chandler Collection

Biographical / Historical Note

Jennie Randolph Young was born on September 3, 1865 in New Jersey. Her father, William Young, worked as the city editor for the New York Sun, which facilitated the family's move to Brooklyn, New York when Jennie was a child. As a young woman,...

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Jennie Randolph Young was born on September 3, 1865 in New Jersey. Her father, William Young, worked as the city editor for the New York Sun, which facilitated the family's move to Brooklyn, New York when Jennie was a child. As a young woman, Jennie also took up photography as a hobby, mastering the technical skills as well as artistry. In April 1888, Jennie married William Goodnow Chandler and the couple welcomed a son in 1890. About two months after young William's birth, on December 10, 1890, Jennie's husband died of typhoid fever. To take care of her child, Jennie became a writer and photographer for the New York Herald newspaper and women's magazines. This is also the time when she began spelling her name as Jenny. In 1922, Jenny Young Chandler died, leaving over 800 glass plate negatives in her home. A subsequent owner of the home, Betty R.K. Pierce, contacted Henry Ford about donating the material to the museum, and the negatives were shipped from New York in 1932.

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Scope and Content Note

The Jenny Young Chandler photographs consist of several hundred photographic prints and nearly 800 glass plate photographic negatives ranging from 4x5 inches to 6x9 inches. The photographs are arranged into the following series: Photographic Prints (1.6...

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The Jenny Young Chandler photographs consist of several hundred photographic prints and nearly 800 glass plate photographic negatives ranging from 4x5 inches to 6x9 inches. The photographs are arranged into the following series: Photographic Prints (1.6 cubic ft.), 4x5 Glass Plate Negatives (0.4 cubic ft.), 5x7 Glass Plate Negatives (3.2 cubic ft.) and 6x9 Glass Plate Negatives (2.0 cubic ft.) Each series is organized alphabetically by subject, based on Chandler's original topics. Within the photographic prints series a Realia subseries contains a selection of the original cardboard boxes that housed the negatives. In addition, throughout the glass plate negatives series many original negative envelopes exist. These envelopes have Jenny Young Chandler's handwritten identifying notes regarding the topics and descriptions of the images. Archives staff assigned identification numbers to each glass plate negative during processing. Images depict people from all walks of life, the decorative arts, streetscapes and waterscapes, etc.

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Collection Details

Object ID: 32.351.0
Creator: Chandler, Jenny Young, 1865-1922 
Inclusive Dates: 1890-1910
Size: 1.6 cubic ft. of photographic prints; 5.6 cubic ft. of glass plate negatives
Language: English

Collection Access & Use

Item Location: Benson Ford Research Center

Access Restrictions: The photographs are open for research.

Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Betty R. K. Pierce.

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86th Street Route, Path by Wood, 1890-1915

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86th Street Route, Path by Wood, 1890-1915

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Summary

In 1890, Jenny Young Chandler, 25 years old and recently widowed, began working for the New York Herald. As a photojournalist and feature writer, Chandler captured life in Brooklyn, New York and vicinity. By 1922, the time of her death, she had produced over 800 glass plate negatives. Her sensitive, insightful photographs depict people from all walks of life and the world in which they lived.

Place of Creation

United States, New York 

Object ID

32.351.248

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Betty R. K. Pierce.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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86th Street Route, Path by Wood, 1890-1915

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A Broom Trimmer at the Home for Blind, New York, 1890-1915

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A Broom Trimmer at the Home for Blind, New York, 1890-1915

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Summary

In 1890, Jenny Young Chandler, 25 years old and recently widowed, began working for the New York Herald. As a photojournalist and feature writer, Chandler captured life in Brooklyn, New York and vicinity. By 1922, the time of her death, she had produced over 800 glass plate negatives. Her sensitive, insightful photographs depict people from all walks of life and the world in which they lived.

Place of Creation

United States, New York 

Object ID

32.351.227

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Betty R. K. Pierce.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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A Broom Trimmer at the Home for Blind, New York, 1890-1915

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A. H. Ehrman, Enlargement, 1890-1915

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A. H. Ehrman, Enlargement, 1890-1915

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Summary

In 1890, Jenny Young Chandler, 25 years old and recently widowed, began working for the New York Herald. As a photojournalist and feature writer, Chandler captured life in Brooklyn, New York and vicinity. By 1922, the time of her death, she had produced over 800 glass plate negatives. Her sensitive, insightful photographs depict people from all walks of life and the world in which they lived.

Place of Creation

United States, New York 

Object ID

32.351.447

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Betty R. K. Pierce.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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A. H. Ehrman, Enlargement, 1890-1915

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A Modern Noah's Ark - Tebo's Yacht Basin, 1890-1915

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A Modern Noah's Ark - Tebo's Yacht Basin, 1890-1915

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Summary

In 1890, Jenny Young Chandler, 25 years old and recently widowed, began working for the New York Herald. As a photojournalist and feature writer, Chandler captured life in Brooklyn, New York and vicinity. By 1922, the time of her death, she had produced over 800 glass plate negatives. Her sensitive, insightful photographs depict people from all walks of life and the world in which they lived.

Place of Creation

United States, New York 

Object ID

32.351.360

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Betty R. K. Pierce.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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A Modern Noah's Ark - Tebo's Yacht Basin, 1890-1915

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Andirons & Fireplace, 1890-1915

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Andirons & Fireplace, 1890-1915

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Summary

In 1890, Jenny Young Chandler, 25 years old and recently widowed, began working for the New York Herald. As a photojournalist and feature writer, Chandler captured life in Brooklyn, New York and vicinity. She also documented collections of private individuals and museums -- some of which were featured in magazine articles for collectors. By 1922, the time of her death, she had produced over 800 glass plate negatives.

Place of Creation

United States, New York 

Object ID

32.351.466

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Betty R. K. Pierce.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Andirons & Fireplace, 1890-1915

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Andirons & Fireplace, 1890-1915

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Andirons & Fireplace, 1890-1915

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Summary

In 1890, Jenny Young Chandler, 25 years old and recently widowed, began working for the New York Herald. As a photojournalist and feature writer, Chandler captured life in Brooklyn, New York and vicinity. She also documented collections of private individuals and museums -- some of which were featured in magazine articles for collectors. By 1922, the time of her death, she had produced over 800 glass plate negatives.

Place of Creation

United States, New York 

Object ID

32.351.472

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Betty R. K. Pierce.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Andirons & Fireplace, 1890-1915

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Andirons, 1890-1915

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Summary

In 1890, Jenny Young Chandler, 25 years old and recently widowed, began working for the New York Herald. As a photojournalist and feature writer, Chandler captured life in Brooklyn, New York and vicinity. She also documented collections of private individuals and museums -- some of which were featured in magazine articles for collectors. By 1922, the time of her death, she had produced over 800 glass plate negatives.

Place of Creation

United States, New York 

Object ID

32.351.468

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Betty R. K. Pierce.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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Andirons, 1890-1915

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Summary

In 1890, Jenny Young Chandler, 25 years old and recently widowed, began working for the New York Herald. As a photojournalist and feature writer, Chandler captured life in Brooklyn, New York and vicinity. She also documented collections of private individuals and museums -- some of which were featured in magazine articles for collectors. By 1922, the time of her death, she had produced over 800 glass plate negatives.

Place of Creation

United States, New York 

Object ID

32.351.465

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Betty R. K. Pierce.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

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What is The Henry Ford?

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Andirons, 1890-1915

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Artifact

Negative (Photograph)

Summary

In 1890, Jenny Young Chandler, 25 years old and recently widowed, began working for the New York Herald. As a photojournalist and feature writer, Chandler captured life in Brooklyn, New York and vicinity. She also documented collections of private individuals and museums -- some of which were featured in magazine articles for collectors. By 1922, the time of her death, she had produced over 800 glass plate negatives.

Place of Creation

United States, New York 

Object ID

32.351.467

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Betty R. K. Pierce.

Location

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Get more details in Digital Collections at:

thehenryford.org

What is The Henry Ford?

The national attraction for discovering your ingenuity while exploring America’s spirit of innovation. There is always much to see and do at The Henry Ford.

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