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Collection Summary 4
Administrative Information
Biographical Note 6
Digital Collection Note 1
Scope and Content Note 6
Publication Rights
Container List 20
A Collection 12
B Collection 6
Panoramas 2

Louis L. McAllister Photographs

Collection Summary

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections
Creator - Photographer
McAllister, L. L., (Louis L.), 1877-1963
Louis L. McAllister Photographs
19.0 Linear feet 45 boxes
"A" and "B" Collections are located in Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library. Panoramas are located in the Library Research Annex.
The L.L. McAllister Collection includes portraits, construction projects, buildings, businesses and events in the Burlington area covering the period ca. 1920-1960. The collection also includes photos of street, bridge, airport and sewer construction and repair, as well as group portraits of clubs, schools, etc.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item] Louis L. McAllister Photographs, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

Digital Collection Note

The Louis L. McAllister Photograph Collection is in the process of being digitized. Images are being added to the collection on an ongoing basis. View the collection at

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Biographical Note

Louis L. McAllister photographed people and places near Burlington, Vermont for 60 years. He was born in Columbus, Nebraska on October 16, 1876, the son of Julius S. McAllister (born 1841 in Lincoln, VT) and Rosette Gould (born in Vermont in 1851). Julius McAllister worked as a photographer and dentist in Washington D.C., Bristol, Vermont and Columbus, Nebraska. Around 1895, Julius, his third wife Amy, and their children left Nebraska for the Union Soldiers’ Colony in Fitzgerald, Georgia. By 1900, Julius and Amy were divorced, and Amy and her stepson Louis were working as photographers in Thomasville, Georgia.

In 1907 Louis McAllister married Cora Shepard (born about 1872 in Vermont) in Holland, Michigan. By 1910, they were living in Queen City Park in South Burlington, Vermont, where Louis established a photography studio. The McAllisters moved to Burlington, and by 1919 they lived at 47 N. Winooski Avenue. They continued to occupy a summer cottage at Queen City Park, and were active in the Queen City Park Association, which held spiritualist camp meetings annually. McAllister conducted his photography business from home until his death in 1963.

McAllister’s “trademark” was his panorama camera which made him familiar to all sorts of groups ranging from graduating classes to state police to summer camp groups. In addition he did print 8 x 10 photos, many of which document building construction and Burlington Street Department projects, as well as group and individual portraits.

Revised, April 2010

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Scope and Content Note

The L.L. McAllister Collection has been divided into three series: (1) “A” Collection of original photographs printed by the photographer, (2) “B” Collection of negatives which were printed recently, and (3) Oversize Panorama Collection.

“A” Collection: the “A” Collection consists of nineteen boxes of original McAllister 8´10 prints, and two boxes of negatives, some of which match the prints. Nearly all of these originals came from two sources. The McAllister family donated the basic collection in 1969. This includes portraits, construction projects, buildings, businesses and events in the Burlington area covering the period ca. 1920-1960. Most of the negatives which were printed for the “B” collection came with this gift. A 1979 gift from the Burlington Street Department included photos of street, bridge , airport and sewer construction and repair, ca. 1928-1950. There are approximately 70 originals in this group which are not McAllister’s. All of the photos from the Burlington Street Department are duplicates of a set retained by the Department. The library had 4´5 prints made from unique items in the Department’s collection. These are so marked. Over the years countless donors have added original McAllister prints to the “A” collection.

“B” Collection: The “B” Collection consists of nineteen boxes of 8´10 prints and five boxes of negatives. The prints were made from McAllister negatives by the University’s Medical Photography division. This work was funded by a 1977-1978 grant from the National Historical Publication and Records Commission. The majority of these photographs are Burlington group portraits, i.e., clubs, schools etc. Negatives for the prints are filed at the end of the collection. Many of the negatives were badly deteriorated and could not be printed.

Both the “A” and “B” Collections are arranged alphabetically by subject. Abbreviations such as St. and Mt. are spelled out in alphabetizing.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Burlington (Vt.). Dept. of Streets.
  • Burlington International Airport.


  • Photographs
  • Portraits

Geographic Name(s)

  • Burlington (Vt.)
  • Burlington (Vt.)--Schools
  • Champlain, Lake


  • Architectural photography
  • Construction projects
  • Construction workers
  • Dance
  • Landscape photography

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