There's a first for everything...
In my own 12+ years of dedicated genealogical research, the inadvertent discovery of a completely unknown photograph album filled with daguerreotypes, tintypes and carte de vistas of my very own ancestors stands alone as one of the most surreal happenings I can recall. This just happened in fact--just a few weeks ago.
It is now time to draft citations for the content in this album, which I feel is the least I should do after the heir--a 4th cousin, it turns out--just self-conducted a cover-to-cover survey of this fascinating artifact, to also include high-resolution scans of the front and back of each image. (An enjoyable aside; the heir was formerly--and fairly recently--the editior-in-chief of a well-established academic journal.)
Anyway, here's what we have:
- A survey of the entire album in MS-Word format. This document is comprised of a photograph of each page of the photo album, usually as one-half of a page, with text-overlay used to number each image in ascending order. (The numbers do not repeat). These numbers correspond with paragraph-form notes about each image, these ranging from type of photograph (i.e. tintype) to hand-written markings on obverse or reverse side, or stamped printings from the photographer. All text on every image was captured this way. Finally; the survey also logged markings in pencil on the album pages themselves. This is important because theoretically, yes, someone could have removed a photograph from an album page, and placed it somewhere else in the same album at a later date.
- Most name identifications are on the album pages--not on the photographs themselves
- Provenance for album itself is pure
The challenge I see with citing these images has to do with inclusion and/or omission of content concerning photographs other than the one being cited--which are nevertheless relevant to the citation being authored. I'll explain:
Let's say a page on this album has four photographs; two parents and two children. Below the parents, are their names. Below the children, are only the childrens' first names, or first and middle name. If we cite one of these children, I think I have to also upload/include the entire page of the album, as well---or the relevant page from the above-mentioned survey done by the heir (who never knew about this album, either, until 2018!).
Best practices or thoughts on how to proceed with this would be most appreciated. Thanks in advance!
ps: irrelevant, but fun: here's one of the images; my 4th g-grandmother, Lois (Skinner) Weld 1778-1854 (probably a conversion to carte de viste from an original format of larger size)