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Dr. Sidney Peerless Photograph Collection

Identifier: MS-380

Scope and Content

The collection consists of photographs collected by Dr. Sidney Peerless. The collection covers a wide array of photographers and subject matter, from everyday scenes and portraits, to nature, and exotic photographs, and post WWII aircraft.

Series I, Nancy Ford Cones, contains photographs from 1898 through the 1930s, with the bulk of the photos taken in the period 1900-1920. The series contains 130 photographs all in individual folders. The subjects of the photographs are a mix between nostalgic scenes of an older America and portraits of family and neighbors. Some of the photographs even depict characters of fairy tales and mythology. One of Nancy Ford Cones' favorite subjects to photograph was her daughter, and many of the photographs contain Margaret Cones as the model. The photographs are gum, silver and platinum prints and there are a few prints on tissue paper. The photographs are a variety of sizes and tones.

Series II, Cecil Carey, contains portrait photographs from the early twentieth-century. Most of the pictures lack dates and titles. There are 43 photographs in the series and there are also two photographs of Cecil Carey. All the photographs are in individual folders. One is of a young Cecil Carey taken in 1907 while the other was taken in the 1930s. The photographs range in size, and this is the only known collection of his work available. There are also Cecil Carey oversized photographs in box 6.

Series III, Richard Tepe, contains photographs that are nature and/or botanically related in subject. Tepe was a Dutch photographer, and his work in the collection comes mainly from the 1930s. Some of the photographs are identified on the back in both Dutch and German, others in either Dutch or German. There are 150 estate prints in a variety of sizes, all in individual folders. The photographs present a wide variety of nature subjects but most of the animals depicted are birds and small woodland creatures, while botanical photographs contain a variety of flowers.

Series IV, Fritz Henle, contains photographic prints from his book, The Caribbean. There are 156 photographic prints in the series, and many of them are the ones chosen for the book. There are also prints that were not included in the book. The prints reflect Henle's interest in the Caribbean culture and society and show many scenes of everyday life and tradition, along with architecture and landscape. Each series of prints also contains a page with biographical information on Fritz Henle. The last folder in the series contains the book, The Caribbean.

Series V, U.S. Navy and Air Force aircraft contains 96 photographs, arranged according to manufacturer of post-WWII American aircraft. There is one oversized photograph in box 6.


  • Creation: 1898-1959
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1900-1940


Language of Materials

The records are in English, Dutch, German, and Latin

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

History of Sidney Peerless Photo Collection

Dr. Sidney Peerless is a known physician in the Cincinnati area. He has been involved in many community and professional organizations. The collection reflects his interest in photography.

Nancy Ford Cones (1861-1962) was a photographer in the early twentieth-century from Loveland, Ohio. Her models were often her family and friends and her photographs relate to everyday life. Most of her photographs reflect an older age of America and its innocence. Cones was also the 1902 winner of a Kodak photography contest.

Cecil Carey was an English photo-illustrator from the early twentieth-century. Most of Carey's work was done in the 1920s and 1930s. This is the only known collection of his work available.

Richard Tepe (1864-1952) was a Dutch photographer whose work consists mainly of botanical and nature subjects. Most of his work was done in the 1930s.

Fritz Henle (1909-1992) was a German photographer whose work spanned decades. He was a photojournalist for many years, and a fashion photographer, he also published nineteen books. Much of his work is from around the world and captures foreign cultures and societies.


2.08 linear feet (574 photographs)


The collection contains 574 photographs that were collected by Dr. Sidney Peerless. The collection contains photographs from five different photographers; Nancy Ford Cones, Cecil Carey, Richard Tepe, Fritz Henle, and US Navy and Air Force photographs of aircraft.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged into five series. The series are:

  1. Series I: Nancy Ford Cones Photographs
  2. Series II: Cecil Carey Photographs
  3. Series III: Richard Tepe Photographs
  4. Series IV: Fritz Henle Photographs and Book The Caribbean
  5. Series V: U.S. Navy and Air Force Aircraft Photographs

Acquisition Information

The collection was donated by Dr. Sidney Peerless, through Walter Burton, and was accessioned in 1998.

Related Material

MS-271 Peerless Mayfield Collection

Guide to the Dr. Sidney Peerless Photograph Collection (MS-380)
Finding aid prepared by Kylee Conant, Winter 2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA