Evanston, Ill. A. Hesler, Photo-Artist, [circa 1879].
Unbound. Nine albumen cabinet cards. 4.25" x 6.5". Slightest soiling, else the images are easily fine. Each card displays the back mark of Evanston photographer A. Hesler. Each card is identified in ink on the verso in a contemporary hand. Two are marked as Class of 1879, but they all seem contemporary to each other. Among the Northwestern faculty pictured are Dr. Oliver Marcy, then the acting president of the University; Professor of Greek Robert Baird, Professor of English Charles Pearson, Professor Herbert Fisk who was principal of the University's prep school, Professor of Physics Henry Carhart, Professor of Greek Literature Louis Kistler (who at one point oversaw the university library), and W.B. Leach, who appears to have graduated from the university in 1879.
Additionally pictured are two women: Jane Bancroft, identified as the "Dean of Woman's College" (one of whose predecessors was Frances Willard, who took the position when the Evanston College for Ladies merged with Northwestern in 1873), and of Lodilla Ambrose, the assistant librarian and head library administrator. At the time it was the custom to name a professor as university librarian, essentially an honorary position, but in practice Ambrose administered the library. Lovely, sharp images of prominent faculty members. We found two of these images online, and while we found images of most of the others people pictured, with the exception of the two aforementioned we could not find these specific images.