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Elmer Harvey Bone Photographs

Identifier: Ms Coll. 038

Scope and Content

The E.H. Bone Collection is composed of black and white prints and negatives of various sizes. The negatives include glass plate negatives, and both cellulose nitrate and acetate negatives. The prints include contact as well as regular prints. Bone documented the University of Florida, the city of Gainesville, Alachua County, and surrounding areas in the many photographs he took. These photos include buildings, businesses, campus events, students, landscapes, and politicians including Spessard Holland and Fuller Warren. Some of the prints and many of the glass negatives are of subjects in or near Wellsburg, West Virginia. These include portraits, landscape views, people in landscape settings, businesses, and a flooded town.

Photographic prints are stored in Box 1-3. Glass negatives are stored in Box 4-6. Boxes 7-9 contain 8x10", 5x7" and 4x6" negatives, many of which have been reformatted. Other negatives are stored with the University Archives Photo Collection negatives.


  • Creation: 1902-1965



University Archives collections are available for research. Portions of the collections may be restricted due to the requirements of applicable state and federal laws, including but not limited to FERPA and HIPAA, and in accordance with best practices as defined by the Society of American Archivists.

Biographical/Historical Note

Elmer Harvey Bone was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio on January 15, 1885. When he was two years of age his family moved to Wellsburg, West Virginia. Mr. Bone was 16 years old when he was graduated from high school. He had acquired an early interest in photography and at 17 years of age had his own photography studio in a small building his father built for him. While in Wellsburg he also worked as a freelance photographer and submitted photos to both the Pittsburg and Cleveland newspapers.

Prior to 1925 Bone moved to Eustis, Florida, and then, in 1925, moved to Gainesville. There, he worked in the partnership of Van Sickel and Bone. Bone later opened his own studio. Bone was an active photographer for most of his long life. He "retired" when he was eighty-three years old but continued to photograph events in Gainesville such as the annual University of Florida Homecoming Parade. He died at age ninety on March 13, 1976.


3.75 Linear feet (9 boxes)

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Prints and negatives of people, places and events in Wellsburg, West Virginia, central Florida, and the University of Florida.

Physical Location

University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Alternative Format Available

Digital reproductions of photos 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.

Related Material

Additional Bone photographs are located at the Matheson Museum, Gainesville, Florida.

A Guide to the Elmer Harvey Bone Photographs
Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff
March 2005
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Revision Statements

  • November 2006: This finding aid was revised in November 2006 by John Nemmers so that it would be in agreement with the 2006 Florida best practice guidelines.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America