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Lowe Brothers Company Photographic Collection (MS-336)

Identifier: MS-336

Scope and Content

The Lowe Brothers Company Photographic Collection falls into two series: Series I consists of 20 Lantern Slides, 19 black and white and 1 color. The images depict scenes from the Lowe Brothers factory. Series II consists of 13 Glass Plate negatives, 10 of which show photos of an unidentified family.


  • Creation: circa 1900


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials 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 Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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 The Lowe Brothers Company

The Lowe Brothers Company was founded in September of 1872 by brothers Henry C. and Houston Lowe. It began as a small store on E. Third Street, between Jefferson and St. Clair streets in Dayton, Ohio. The Lowe Brothers began by selling paint produced by others. However, in 1882 the Lowe Brothers Paint Company opened and the Lowe Brothers incorporated their business in September of 1893. The company reached national notoriety before being sold in the later twentieth century.


0.5 linear feet (20 lantern slides and 13 glass plate negatives)

Language of Materials



The lantern slides generally depict scenes of life within the Lowe Brothers factory, a paint company that operated from 1872 to late 1900s before being sold. The images date to the early twentieth century. The glass plate negatives depict an unidentified family of the same period.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged into two series:

  1. Series I: Lantern Slides
  2. Series II: Glass Plate Negatives


Guide to the Lowe Brothers Company Photographic Collection (MS-336)
Finding aid prepared by Amber McPherson, September 2004.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA