Scope and Content AGSL Digital Photo Archive - South America presents a selection of images from the extensive photographic holdings of the American Geographical Society (AGS) Library. The images were selected from several collections including the American Geographical Society Library Print Collection, the Edna Schaus Sorensen and Clarence W. Sorensen Collection, the Richard U. Light and Mary (Light) Meader Collection, the Isaiah Bowman Collection, and the Theodoor deBooy Collection. The current selection of the AGSL Digital Photo Archive - South America focuses on the countries of South America. The coverage of this digital collection will expand as more photos are added to the site.
DIGITAL COLLECTIONS About the Collection This digital collection celebrates the work of photographer Kate Seston Matthews (1870-1956). Born in New Albany, Indiana, Matthews spent most of her life in Pewee Valley, Kentucky, where she began taking photographs in the 1880s. Matthews relied almost exclusively on her own community and acquaintances as subjects -- a favor she returned by reproducing and signing her photographs for friends and family.