Joseph Merrick Jones Steamboat Photographs

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The Joseph Merrick Jones Steamboat Photographs collection consists of 357 glass plate negatives of Mississippi riverboats, circa 1890 – 1940. The plates were collected by Donald T. Wright, who edited and published the “Waterways Journal” between 1921 and 1965. This collection documents steamboats and other riverboats on the Mississippi River and its major tributaries between roughly 1880 and 1940. These images showcase sternwheelers, sidewheelers, tugboats, packets, showboats, and other types of riverboats during their construction phase, traveling along the Mississippi and other rivers, and being dismantled, as well as river towns, docks, riverboat captains, industry executives, and other people involved with waterways. Many of the images are of riverboats in New Orleans and so include views of the Port of New Orleans and other New Orleans scenes.

The Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) contains materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law. LaRC makes its collections available for research and study purposes only. Any other use requires permission from LaRC. If permission for additional use is granted by the Louisiana Research Collection, the patron has the sole responsibility (1) for determining whether the intended use requires the consent of any third party and (2) for obtaining any necessary consents or licenses from the intellectual property rights holders. So far no copyright mark has been found on any of the images in this collection. Under the standards of the 1909 Copyright Act, any published, exhibited work not bearing a copyright mark is in the public domain. For the non-published, non-exhibited works in this collection, copyright resides with an unknown entity until life +70, but there is no information on who that person might be for these images.
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