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Identifier: P0700

Title: van Ravenswaay Family Glass Plate Negative Collection

Description: Charles van Ravenswaay (1911-1990) was born in Boonville, Missouri son of Cornelius and Betty (Lionberger) Van Ravenswaay. His father was a physician and surgeon. Van Ravenswaay was educated in the Boonville public schools and Kemper Military Academy. He attended college at Washington University in St. Louis earning a B.A. in 1933 and an M.A. in history in 1934. Van Ravenswaay returned to Boonville to manage his father’s medical clinic, but became involved in local historic preservation efforts, notably Thespian Hall in Boonville, and formed a partnership with photographers Alexander and Paul Piaget to document historic buildings in Missouri. From 1938 to 1941 he acted as supervisor for the Missouri WPA guide project, headquartered at the Missouri Historical Society, beginning a decades-long affiliation. He served in the Navy in World War II leaving with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. In 1946 he was offered the position of executive director of the Missouri Historical Society and remained in that post until 1962 when he accepted the directorship of Old Sturbridge Village, in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. He concluded his career as director of the Henry Francis Dupont Winterthur Museum and Gardens in Wilmington, Delaware from 1966 to 1976. The van Ravenswaay Family Glass Plate Negative Collection contains 24 negatives showing van Ravenswaay family members in Boonville, Missouri. Subjects include: children; portraits; dogs; elementary school groups.

Rights: UND


Dates: ca. 1887

Type(s): Collection




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