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John Usher's stereoviews of an Augusta residence and garden

Collection number: ahc.VIS393

Scope and Contents

This collection contains stereographs depicting an Augusta residence, including views of the front yard and garden; landscaped walkway to the street lined with seashells; and fence and gate. One stereograph provides details of the backyard, alleyway, outbuildings, coldframe, arbor, garden beds, and two men, one noted as "George" standing next to a caged bird. All stereographs are labeled "Usher's Stereo Views" and include on the reverse side "Mary A. Jones" crossed out with "Libbie Jones" along with other handwritten descriptive notes.


  • approximately 1875


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Biographical / Historical

John Usher (1831-1913) was born in Hamburg, Edgefield District, South Carolina, to John (1800-1859) and Mary J. Usher (1809-1896) and was the oldest of four children: Henry; Emma C.; and Sarah "Sallie" V. Bunch. In the early 1870s, he opened a photography studio at 206 Broad Street (later renumbered as 702/705 Broad Street), Augusta, Georgia. Usher employed Robert E. Williams (1834-1917), known as one of Augusta's first African American photographers. Williams became primary owner of the studio in 1888 with his son, Robert E. Williams (1858-1937), renaming the business, R. Williams and Son. Usher and Williams captured images of Augusta businesses, residences, markets, outdoor gatherings, natural areas, street scenes, and daily life for both whites and African Americans.


3 stereograph(s)




This collection is arranged alphabetically by titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, 2014 and 2015

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2020.

John Usher's stereoviews of an Augusta residence and garden
Jennie Oldfield
September 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305