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An archive of images of Nashville, most circa 1880s. 1st group: sixteen loose 11 1/2" x 15" album pages, each containing 9 images of Nashville businesses, homes, institutions and churches (note exception: first page includes 5 stereoview images). Subjects include the Customs House, County Jail, Watkins Institute, Spring Park in East Nashville, the Penitentiary, Mt. Olivet cemetery (9 images), National Cemetery (18 images), the City Cemetery (9 images), Woodland Street Suspension Bridge, Insane Asylum (10 images),Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad Depot, School for the Blind, Hume School, Howard School, James K. Polk's Tomb, interior of the State Capitol library, City Hall, Court House, Vanderbilt University campus (9 images), "Old Rue Deaderick," Public Square, Church Street, the Maxwell House Hotel, and 3 images of stables and figures at Belle Meade Plantation. Churches include Holy Trinity, Christ Church, Central Baptist College Hill, 1st Presbyterian Church, Church of Advent, McKendree Methodist, the Jewish Temple, St. Mary's, Also included are steamboats on the Cumberland River, general river views, and African Americans working in a field. 2nd group: Group of 10 Thuss, Koellin and Giers stereoview cards, Views of Nashville, Tennessee and Vicinity including Vanderbilt University, downtown streets, and 2 unidentified mansions (one overgrown). 3rd group: More than 2 dozen albumen prints mounted to paper or cardboard backings (some are fragments of old album pages). Identifiable scenes include the State Insane Asylum, funeral procession, the Suspension Bridge, "Dr. Sheffield's Home" with figures on porch, City Hospital, Natural Stone Bridge and a few other scenes possibly in the Sewanee-Beersheba Springs area of Middle Tennessee, the State Capitol overlooking houses and buildings (post Civil War) and a large 10" x 13 1/2" image of a crowd of well dressed men standing outside a train, inscribed in pencil on back "the Davidson County Democratic Club on way to convention that nominated Grover Cleveland, taken at Depot on Church Street." (Large creased area with tears at upper edge), left corner missing, grime/possible mildew to left edge). 4th group: more than 2 dozen loose albumen images. Identifiable subjects include the old James K. Polk mansion (no longer standing), Broadway, Fort Negley "about 1886", Fort Morton " about 1886," State Capitol, Nashville Chattanooga and St. Louis Rail car, Nashville riverfront with steamboats, the Pontoon Bridge and Ferry used while building the Woodland Street Bridge, scenes of the great Nashville snowstorm, Union Street decked out for the visit of president Grover Cleveland, the Andrew Jackson monument at the State Capitol; images from the building of bridges, and " The Cole Residence (later Medical Arts Building)". 5th group: 14 illustrated images of Nashville architectural landmarks (possibly taken from a book and based on Giers photographs) and 3 early 20th century reprint photographs of Civil War officers camped out by a tent (likely taken by Giers during the Union occupation of Nashville) along with 2 illustrated images of elevations of Ft. Negley. Approximately 100 total images. Note: Carl C. Giers immigrated from Germany and arrived in Nashville in 1852. He set up a photo gallery downtown, photographing many Nashville occupants and visitors – including notable Civil War figures during the city's Union Occupation. C.C. Giers passed away in 1877 and the studio was sold, but his son, Otto Giers, only 19 when his father died, took up the trade and continued it as part of the firm Thuss, Kollein and Giers. In 1885, he undertook a series of documentary photographs of Nashville sites (some of which are represented here). Some of these images were published in the 2 vol. series IMAGES OF AMERICA: NASHVILLE FROM THE COLLECTION OF CARL AND OTTO GIERS by James Hoobler. Provenance: the estate of Giers descendant Sarah Hunter Hicks Green, formerly of Historic Devon Farm, Nashville, Tennessee. CONDITION: Mounted images exhibit light grime, fading/toning, and some edge losses. Loose images range from good condition with light fading and toning to fragile condition with some losses. Some loose images are curled with parts missing.