Photographs of the Bolton circle and other British subjects

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng 1186/11/1
  • Dates of Creation
      [early 1880s-1950s]
  • Physical Description
      33 items; . 71 pieces.

Scope and Content

Photographic prints, including formal group and portrait photographs, and informal snapshots of: the Bolton College group; individuals associated with the group, their families and their interests and activities outside the group; visitors to the Bolton circle from elsewhere; and other individuals with some Whitman connection. Many of the photographs appear to have been taken by Dr John Johnston, who was clearly a keen amateur photographer.


Arrangement is chronological as far as it is possible to determine rough dates from captions or from the subject and format of the prints themselves. Where there are groups of photographs which are related in subject matter, or from the same session, they have been brought together into bundles (such as group photographs of the Bolton College, portraits of Wallace, Wallace with Minnie Whiteside, and so on). In some cases photographs have already been grouped together and pasted onto a brown paper backing; these too are listed together as items. Photographs with no obvious relation to any other have been listed individually at item level within the chronological sequence.

The existence of a key or caption other than those written by Minnie is noted in the relevant description.