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Title [Dormitory interior, Quarantine]
Object Name Negative, Glass-plate
Photographer Austen, E. Alice
Date ca. 1900-1910
Collection Alice Austen Photograph Collection
Description Original glass plate negative. Interior view of a dormitory at the U.S. Quarantine Station on Hoffman Island, off Staten Island, New York. The room contains rows of metal bunk beds. One of the beds is folded up against the wall.
(Keywords: New York City)
Film Size 4 x 5
Acquisition Museum Purchase
Ownership and History The Hoffman Island dormitories were described in an article in the New York Times on November 27, 1910: "...While the patients are confined in the sick wards, those allowed to wait for them on the island lead a confined but certainly healthy and advantageous existence. This costs them not a cent. They sleep in big, airy rooms. No mattresses are provided in order to guard the better against infection; the enforced sojourners have blankets which are spread on spring beds of light construction, arranged like the berths wherein they slept during their ocean trip..."
Earliest Date 1900
Latest Date 1910
Subjects Quarantines
Lexicon Sub-category Documentary Artifact
Catalog Number 50.015.5683
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, April 2017.
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