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Alfred Edward Rinehart photograph collection

Identifier: C Photo Collection 483

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of glass plate and nitrate negatives of studio portraits of individuals who exemplify the style and fashion of the West for the latter 1800s to the early 20th century. 19 DVD-R discs are also included. The digital files provide positive scans of a selection of negatives from the collection.


  • 1874-1915
  • Majority of material found in 1880s-1915


Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

Contact Western History/Genealogy Dept., Denver Public Library, Denver, Colo.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Alfred Edward Rinehart was born on October 21, 1851 in Ind. and moved with his brother, Frank A. Rinehart (1861-1928) to Denver, Colo. in the 1870s. The two brothers worked as photographers in association with G. W. Kirkland (1876), Charles Bohm (1875-188), and later went into partnership with William Henry Jackson as Rinehart & Jackson at 413 Larimer and 1637 Larimer (1880-1886). Frank Rinehart eventually married and moved to Neb. in 1885. Alfred Rinehart established his own portrait studio at 1630 Arapahoe Street and other locations (1888-1901). His studio was said to be quite large, composed of several rooms including dressing rooms, storage rooms, and developing and printing studios. In addition to owning a large collection of props used in his portraits, the studio also served as a private office and living quarters. Alfred Rinehart photographed members of Denver society, with a specific focus on children, toddlers, and babies. He later moved his studio at least once to a location on Welton Street, before he passed away unexpectedly in 1915. His brother Frank A. Rinehart also established a commercial photographer's studio in Omaha, Neb.


11 photo boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Edwin A. Bathke;2016.


Title from inventory.


Nitrate negatives have been frozen for preservation.


Collection is attributed to A. E. Rinehart based on similarity in the style of photography and subject matter.
Finding Aid for the Alfred Edward Rinehart photograph collection,1874-1915,1880s-1915
Finding Aid prepared from MARC data.
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

10 W. 14th Ave. Pkwy
Denver CO 80204 United States