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A Guide to the John H. Duncan and Thomas B. Green Collection

Finding aid created by Carl Van Ness

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections
July 2015


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Duncan, John H. (John Hemingway), 1855-1929
Creator: Green, Thomas B., 1888-1963
Title: John H. Duncan and Thomas B. Green Collection
Dates: 1899-1939
Bulk dates: 1903-1925
Abstract: John H. Duncan (1855-1929) was a prominent New York architect and Thomas B. Green (1888-1963) was his chauffeur and mechanic. Items in this collection include photographs and associated items that highlight early automobile touring in the United States as well as military service during World War I.
Extent: 5 volumes stored in 4 boxes, along with miscellaneous associated items.
Identification: MSS 0333
Language(s): English
Online ContentItems from this collection have been digitized and are available online in the UF Digital Collections. For more information please see the note below.

Biographical/Historical Note

John H. Duncan (1855-1929) was a prominent New York architect. Thomas B. Green (1888-1963) was Duncan's chauffeur and mechanic. Green served in the 26th Aero Squadron, formerly the First Reserve Aero Squadron, during World War I.


Scope and Content

The photographs in albums 1-4 were taken with a 3A film plate special premo camera owned by John Duncan. Albums 1-4 depict early auto-touring in New York, Florida, North Carolina, Cuba, and elsewhere. Duncan, his wife Dora, and Green travelled together and refer to themselves in the albums as "The Tourists." Images of the Duncans' estate in Sea Bright, New Jersey, and their many animals are prevalent.

Album 5 is a scrapbook containing images primarily from World War I. The scrapbook appears to have been made from an album originally created by Duncan and then later repurposed by Green. Most of the photographs from the original album were removed, but a few remain. The images from World War I are largely commercially produced souvenir photographs, but there are also snapshots of men and machines from Green's unit. Several documents related to Green's service are also pasted into the scrapbook. The album contains images from Duncan of a trip to Miami in 1899. Additionally, there are images of a parade taken in the 1930s and other images associated with either Duncan or Green.


Access or Use Restrictions

Access

The collection is open for research.


Related or Separated Material

John Duncan's architectural drawings and correspondence from his business are at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University.


Administrative Information

Alternative formats

Digital reproductions of selected items from this collection are available online via the University of Florida Digital Collections (UFDC). Please read the Permissions for Use statement for information on copyright, fair use, and use of UFDC digital objects.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John H. Duncan and Thomas B. Green Collection, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.


Contents List

Album 1: Lake George, Oriental, North Carolina, Roanoke Island 1905-1912


Box
1 Entrance to an estate at Tarrytown
1 Hotel where the birds sang twice also where one film gets it twice
1 The Hotel across the way
1 Ten Eyck House - Albany 1905 October 8
1 Mills and cement works - Glens Falls, New York (NY) 1905 October 9
1 Mills and cement works - Glens Falls, NY 1905 October 9
1 The Falls
1 First view of Lake George 1905 October 9
1 On the Shore
1 The Mohican
1 Monument to Battle of Lake George - September 18, 1755
1 Inhabited islands taken in transit
1 Inhabited islands taken in transit
1 Not inhabited
1 Boat landing
1 North end of the Lake
1 North end of the Lake
1 Near Hewlitt's Landing
1 A Star Steerer
1 Hewlitt's Landing
1 At Jim Riley's Arrow - Saratoga Lake 1905 September 10
1 At Jim Riley's Arrow - Saratoga Lake
1 Before the start
1 Mercedes
1 Darracq
1 Panhard
1 Fiat
1 Crowding in on the track
1 All hands start home
1 Starting for Atlantic City from Highlands 1906 July 16
1 The Harem out for an airing
1 Entrance to the Garden of the Dora D.
1 Lehman Gateway and Villa
1 Lehman Gateway and Villa
1 Jim Cat and his friends
1 Jim Cat and his friends
1 Century plant in bloom
1 Port au Peck from the North
1 Matawan Graveyard
1 The two Madison Square Towers
1 The two Madison Square Towers
1 The Start of the New York to Paris Race - Lincoln's birthday 1908 February 12
1 The Start of the New York to Paris Race - Lincoln's birthday 1908 February 12
1 The Start of the New York to Paris Race - Lincoln's birthday 1908 February 12
1 The Start of the New York to Paris Race - Lincoln's birthday 1908 February 12
1 The Start of the New York to Paris Race - Lincoln's birthday 1908 February 12
1 The Teddy Bears at Hartsdale 1908 February 16
1 Like a Gainsborough 1908 July 5
1 Don
1 Gint
1 Bim
1 [Dora D.]
1 The last of the Mayflower leaving for buried treasures
1 Antique cement garden - Seabright
1 The Clermont passing 82nd Street
1 Hendrick Hudson's Half Moon
1 Everitt's Hotel
1 Front view
1 Coon quarters
1 Where we got the woodcock, February 21
1 Tommy with his first game, February 21
1 Lunch, February 21
1 Wild turkey shooting, February 22
1 Deserted cabin under live oak, February 22
1 Wild turkey shooting, February 22
1 North Carolina products, February 24
1 North Carolina products, February 24
1 In a turkey blind, February 24
1 Oriental from the water
1 Oriental from the water
1 Photograph missing - torn from album
1 Bill's Place - On the Amboy Road
1 Bill's Place - On the Amboy Road
1 Almiroty at the DD
1 Dora in her garden 1911 June
1 Dora in her garden 1911 June
1 Garden through the gate way 1911 June
1 Tommy in the speed boat 1911 September
1 Tommy in the speed boat 1911 September
1 Tommy in the speed boat 1911 September
1 DD from the river
1 The Adams' at the Shore (partially torn)
1 Photograph missing - torn from album
1 Flying homers from Leland Inn 1911 October 10
1 DD's at the Inn 1911 October 10
1 DD's at the Inn 1911 October 10
1 Mrs. Hunter and the Inn
1 Mrs. Hunter and the Inn
1 Mrs. Hunter and the Inn
1 Tom Pain's house 1911 December 17
1 Judge Smith's old road house 1911 December 17
1 Tom Pain's Monument 1911 December 17
1 The old Stewart house - Tuckahoe - now a French restaurant
1 The old Stewart house - Tuckahoe - now a French restaurant
1 D.D's and Togo
1 At the camp on Nag's Head Beach, North Carolina 1912 January 1
1 At the camp on Nag's Head Beach, North Carolina 1912 January 1
1 At the camp on Nag's Head Beach, North Carolina 1912 January 1
1 D.D's in our luxurious beds
1 Life savers come to our rescue
1 The Sunny South
1 Everitt's dock at Oriental 1912 January 11
1 View from the camp 1912 January 11


Album 2: Leesburg, Havana, and St. Augustine: The Search for Antiques 1912 - 1914


Box
2 The Road to Eustice
2 Dora beside the Road
2 Our Chauffeur and Car
2 Cypress Swamp
2 Cypress Swamp
2 Eno's Old Hotel at Okahumka, February 26
2 Fernery
2 Our Lunch Companions [pigs] near George Gale's
2 Our Lunch Companions [pigs] near George Gale's
2 Our Lunch Companions [pigs] near George Gale's
2 Lunch at Pond Lily Lake, February 27
2 Lunch at Pond Lily Lake, February 27
2 Cooking Snipe at the Pasture, February 28
2 Dot and Don [hunting dogs] on a Point
2 A Logging Train
2 Key West from Buoy Number 10, March 8
2 Old Spanish Fort, March 8
2 Key West hotel [Photo was misidentified by Duncan. This image is actually of the New Ocklawaha Hotel in Eustis, Florida]
2 Convent of the Sacred Heart
2 View from the Plaza Hotel Window, Havana - March 10
2 House on Ocean Road, Havana - March 10
2 New Building at Vedado
2 U.S. Cruiser down to bring the Maine
2 Don and Dot, Leesburg 1913 February 11
2 Don, Leesburg 1913 February 11
2 Don, Leesburg 1913 February 11
2 Tommy and Winter
2 Tommy and Winter
2 Getting Lunch at Lily Lake, February 12
2 Starting after Lunch
2 Waiting for the Birds to Flush
2 Waiting for the Birds to Flush
2 Lily Lake
2 Silver Lake, February 16
2 Live Oak and Moss, Silver Lake
2 Turpentine Devastation, February 17
2 Turpentine Devastation, February 17
2 George Gale and Family, February 19
2 The Gale Residence, February 19
2 The Winters Homestead
2 Lake View Hotel, February 20
2 DDs at the Dora D. 1913 June 15
2 DDs at the Dora D. 1913 June 15
2 DDs at the Dora D. 1913 June 15
2 Picking Quail for Lunch 1914 February 9
2 Picking Quail for Lunch 1914 February 9
2 Picking Quail for Lunch 1914 February 9
2 At Lunch
2 Charge DDs still waiting
2 Hold
2 Telephone Office
2 The Entrance
2 The Jail
2 DDs with a Quail
2 DDs with a Quail
2 Mr. Boilson's Residence
2 His Neighbor
2 The Ponce de Leon, St. Augustine - February 20
2 The Ponce de Leon, St. Augustine - February 20
2 The Ponce de Leon, St. Augustine - February 20
2 The Ponce
2 The Baptist Church
2 At the Fish Restaurant - Anastasia Island
2 At the Fish Restaurant - Anastasia Island
2 At the Fish Restaurant - Anastasia Island
2 Entrance to the Fort
2 Fort San Marco
2 Fort San Marco
2 Old San Marco
2 Old San Marco
2 Old San Marco
2 Old St. Augustine
2 Old St. Augustine
2 Treasury Street - Narrowest Street in U.S
2 The Cathedral
2 In Search of Antiques, Tuesday May 26, 1914 - The crowd arrives at the Trenton Battle Monument
2 Yodelers from Tyrol
2 Statues of the Philadelphia Trooper and Infantryman of Marblehead, Massachusetts
2 From Monument top Street Washington came up Christmas 1776
2 The Monument
2 Planted cannons on site of Monument shooting down these streets
2 Gale House, Joseph Bonaparte's Residence Bordentown
2 Ruins of Stables and Lodges
2 Ruins of Stables and Lodges
2 Residence on Corner - Philadelphia Road to Wilmington, Wednesday May 27
2 Office attached to same - Philadelphia Road to Wilmington, Wednesday May 27
2 Old Residence Now a tenement
2 Stables of the Deer's Park Hotel Newark, Delaware
2 Washington Monument Baltimore, May 28
2 Battle Monument, May 28
2 The Tourists with Coon Courier, May 28
2 Confederate Monument Alexandria, Friday May 29
2 At the Gate way Mt. Vernon
2 DDs visits the Home of the Father of the Country
2 The River Front
2 The Bowling Green - Rear of House - Kitchens
2 The Bowling Green - Rear of House - Kitchens
2 Washington Rear of Pan - American Building
2 Annexed Pool and Loggia
2 Bim rests at Exedra Seat
2 Washington Monument
2 Goodbye to the Capitol of our Country
2 Havre de Grace Junita Street - Bellair Road to the right - the corner being the Site of the Nags Head Hotel - Saturday May 30
2 Perryville Where we lunch and take terrible chances on Poison Oak - Saturday May 30
2 St. James Church Built 1714 - Saturday May 30
2 From window of DuPont Hotel - May 31 From Wilmington Home
2 Said to be the Oldest Bank in U.S
2 The Bank Duncan should have built
2 Old Houses at Chester
2 Old Houses at Chester
2 Home Again - 6:30 pm 1914 May 31
2 Home Again - 6:30 pm 1914 May 31
2 Home Again - 6:30 pm 1914 May 31
2 Results of the Search
2 Results of the Search
2 Results of the Search


Album 3: Santiago de Cuba, Antilla, and Camaguey 1915


Box
1 The Gulls leave at 6 pm 1915 February 14
1 Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dow
1 Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dow
1 Passing the time on board
1 Passing the time on board
1 Tommy weathers the tropics
1 Bird Island
1 Crooked Island
1 Castle Island
1 Santiago through the morning fog
1 The Square, Santiago - Hotel Casa Grande
1 The Square, Santiago - City Hall
1 The Cathedral
1 Grand Hotel Venus
1 View from roof of Casa Grande - South 1915 February 17
1 View from roof of Casa Grande - West 1915 February 17
1 View from roof of Casa Grande - Northwest 1915 February 17
1 View from roof of Casa Grande - North 1915 February 17
1 View from roof of Casa Grande - Northeast 1915 February 17
1 View from roof of Casa Grande - East 1915 February 17
1 Street on which Collazo lived
1 Aqui nacio y vivio Jose Maria Heredia 1803-1839
1 Hospital Street
1 Business Street
1 Old Cobbled Street with La Aurona Restaurant in background
1 Site of Residence of Diego Velasquez - Founder of Santiago
1 Doctoring the Laurel tree in the Plaza
1 Watering trough on the Boniato Road
1 Our Auto Crowd at Cristo Fruit Station
1 Our Auto Crowd at Cristo Fruit Station
1 House at Cristo
1 Simon and Frank go into Exile - Antilla 1915 February 19
1 Simon and Frank go into Exile - Antilla 1915 February 19
1 Fishing Bayou - "The White man and Mandrake cannot live together" African proverb 1915 February 20
1 Fishing Bayou - "The White man and Mandrake cannot live together" African proverb 1915 February 20
1 View of Antilla from our window - Tommy in foreground 1915 February 21
1 Main Street - Antilla
1 Nipe Bay
1 On the road to Camaguey 1915 February 22
1 Mahogany in Transit
1 Mahogany in Transit
1 Station and American Colony at Marti
1 Station and American Colony at Marti
1 Camaguey - Across from the Hotel 1915 February 23
1 In Gardens of Hotel - This cannon was found where Diego Velasquez located the Villa de Pito at Principe 1514
1 In Gardens of Hotel - This cannon was found where Diego Velasquez located the Villa de Pito at Principe 1514
1 In Gardens of Hotel - This cannon was found where Diego Velasquez located the Villa de Pito at Principe 1514
1 Bar in the Hotel Bodago
1 Cloister
1 The Garden of Allah
1 Cocoanut Grove in rear of Hotel
1 Cocoanut Grove in rear of Hotel
1 Cocoanut Grove in rear of Hotel
1 Statue of Agramonte in Main Square
1 Old Camaguey Architecture
1 Like unto Algeria
1 Like unto Algeria
1 Like unto Algeria
1 Scene of the Arabian Nights Entertainment
1 Scene of the Arabian Nights Entertainment
1 Santa Ana Church 1915 February 24
1 Church beyond the walls
1 St. Soledad
1 Christo Church
1 Christo Church
1 [illegible]
1 Old Church
1 New Church
1 Some more old churches
1 Some more old churches
1 Door of Church, El Caney 1915 March 2
1 Tourists in the village 1915 March 2
1 Fort at El Caney 1915 March 2
1 New Block House on San Juan Hill Copy of Newburgh Monument
1 The records of the dead at San Juan
1 Goodbye to Santiago 1915 March 3
1 U.S. Boat the Tacoma
1 Taking sailors ashore
1 Old U.S. Barracks
1 Old Fort on Round Key
1 At the Morro - The oldest fort
1 At the Morro - The second fort
1 At the Morro - The last fort on Morro Castle
1 Morro Castle as we go to sea
1 Morro Castle as we go to sea
1 Farewell to Morro
1 South Coast of Cuba
1 San Salvador at Columbus first place of landing 1915 March 4
1 The Tourists at Antilla By Frank Dumois


Album 4: Untitled 1919 - 1925


Box
2 Residence
2 Residence
2 House facing the Hudson
2 Valatia - Old House New Shop
2 Chatham - Ruberoid around cellar ready for the winter
2 East Chatham
2 Old Chatham
2 Old Chatham
2 Rider's Mills - Aunt Charlotte's Home
2 The Crowd and Levi Pitts
2 The Crowd and Levi Pitts
2 Cooperstown NY - Judge Cooper's daughter's house Built 1804 1921 October 6
2 Cooperstown NY - Judge Cooper's daughter's house Built 1804 1921 October 6
2 The Glimmer Glass, Source of the Susquehanna
2 Location of the original Otsego Hall
2 Natty Bumppo
2 Cooper's Church
2 General Stoke's Residence
2 Clark Estate
2 Library and Club
2 Oneonta, Stone House on the River
2 Binghamton, NY - Home of John. H. Duncan 1921 October 7
2 The Old Brick Store - Court and Carroll Street
2 Court House Square
2 First Presbyterian Church Where Johnnie blew the Organ
2 Chs. McCall's Home - Now Binghamton Club
2 Division Street House
2 Susquehanna River Dam where I used to fish
2 Looking up Chenango River from Court Street Bridge
2 Charlie Stone's House
2 My Uncle George's old House
2 My Step Aunt Kate's House
2 Front Street House with English carving
2 Front Street House with English carving
2 The St. John's House
2 North Front Street
2 Phelp's House
2 Washington Street
2 By Hotchkiss' House
2 Old Settler's Residence - Mrs. Grey's
2 Similar House to and Neighbor of Sam McKane
2 Binghamton from Mt. Prospect House. Hill in background
2 Binghamton from Mt. Prospect
2 Binghamton from Mt. Prospect
2 Mr. and Mrs. Edward Tuper and Thomas Washington - All of Binghamton
2 Mr. and Mrs. Edward Tuper and Thomas Washington - All of Binghamton
2 Last photograph of Sable Boy II and first of Sabina 1919 September 19
2 Miscellaneous photographs at DD - August 1899: Eve Randolph
2 Miscellaneous photographs at DD - August 1899: J. Powers
2 Highland Beach Station
2 Our First Chicken Coop
2 Our First Chicken Coop
2 Lou Cat
2 Lou Cat
2 Dock of the DD
2 Thorm's Dock with their Houseboat "The Studio"
2 Thorm's Dock with their Houseboat "The Studio"
2 The Graves of DD and Sable Boy 1922 August 15
2 Tommy and Sabina 1922 August 15
2 My Old Carrol St. Home Good night 1922 August 25
2 Campbell and Thorn Ruins 1924 October 1
2 August 26 Court House
2 Soldiers' Monument
2 [Garden - see page 44] 1924 October 1
2 [More of same garden]
2 Chenango River from Suspension Bridge
2 Episcopal Church
2 DD Garden 1924 October 1
2 Hudson Sedan 1924 October 1
2 Edward Tupper
2 Middletown - Soldiers Monument 1924 October 17
2 Newburgh Old Town Hall 1924 October 18
2 My Binghamton Property
2 Local Minstrels
2 Newburgh - Old Public Building 1924 October 18
2 Newburgh - Old Public Building 1924 October 18
2 Free Methodist Church and Kate's Old Home
2 Snow at the Highlands 1923 January 29
2 Snow at the Highlands 1923 January 29
2 Freehold - Monmouth Monument 1925 March 22
2 Freehold - Monmouth Monument 1925 March 22
2 Reid House Burning Down 1923 February
2 After the Fire 1923 February
2 Old House at Freehold 1925 March 22
2 Packard 1925 March 22
2 Morristown Trip - Statue of Minute Man 1923 April 25
2 Morristown Trip - Old Meeting House Near Morristown 1923 April 25
2 Morristown Trip - Old Mill Bernardsville Road 1923 April 25
2 J. Dee Bertie and Friend 1925 July 8
2 Little Dee Dee 1925 July 8
2 Lunch with Scotch
2 Lunch with Scotch
2 J. Dee 1925 July 8
2 J. Dee 1925 July 8
2 G.E. Winter Florida 1925 July 10
2 Last evidence of the Thorn Family 1925 July 10
2 New Large Room at "Dora D"
2 Library "DD"
2 Last Pictures of Beina
2 Last Pictures of Beina
2 Binghamton, NY - Statue of Honorable Daniel S. Dickinsons
2 Binghamton, NY - Memorial Bridge


Album 5: World War I scrapbook 1899-1930s


Box
3 Assorted images, primarily from World War I


Associated items 1903 - 1939


Box
4 Operator's Certificate for Thomas B. Green Collection 1903 April 2
4 Vehicle license 146 for the State of New Jersey for automobile manufactured by George Richards and owned by John H. Duncan 1903 March 27
4 Records related to Thomas Green's service in the First Reserve Aero Squadron during World War I and subsequent reunions of the squadron (9 documents)
4 Passport for Thomas Green 1919
4 13 loose photographs from both Duncan and Green including a portrait of Duncan and a photograph of the Diamond Shoal Lightship. (World War I images are from Album 5, and 4 photographs of St. Augustine are duplicates of images found in Album 2)
4 A nine-page typewritten "History of the 26th Aero Squadron, formerly the First Reserve Aero Squadron" (undated) and "A Little More History of the First Reserve" (1939, nine pages, typed) 1939 December 31, undated
4 3A film plate special premo camera with its original case


Selected Subjects and Access Terms

Automobile travel
Cuba
Duncan, John H. (John Hemingway), 1855-1929
Florida
Green, Thomas B., 1888-1963
New York (State)
North Carolina
photographs
World War (1914-1918)



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