- MS 203
Herman E. Detering, III (1938-2015) created this collection because of his interest in 19th century photography and psychiatry. Mr. Detering was the longtime owner of the Detering Book Gallery, a rare bookstore in the Houston area. The collection consists of original photographic material such as 19th century carte de visites, postcards, and glass plate negatives. The collection also includes ephemera and some realia, such as a magic lantern and a camera and stand, all of which are probably from the late 19th century. The collection also includes material related to Mr. Detering’s collecting activities, such as correspondence and invoices, and exhibit materials.
A closely related collection is the Detering book collection on psychiatry and photography. The book collection has not yet been cataloged. The book collection consists of books dating from 1601 to the late 20th century. The core of the book collection is from the 19th century.
Geographically, the materials include 19th century photography and psychiatry in the United States, France, England and other places in Europe. The primary focus of the collection is on the treatment and study of people suffering from various forms of mental illness. Publications of numerous hospitals, asylums, and other organizations are included. Photographs include various early formats. The original collection consisted of 25 cubic feet (22 boxes of manuscript material and books, a camera and stand, and a magic lantern.) The collection was separated into a manuscript collection and a book collection.
Physical Description: For the most part, this collection is in excellent condition. Some carte de visites show fading, but for the most part the degradation is appropriate for the ages of the items. The collection consists of 8 roughly cubic feet (7 boxes, plus a camera and stand, and a magic lantern.)
Subjects: 19th century Psychiatry, 19th century photography, early 20th century
Detering, Herman E., III