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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Alfred Hart

Other: A.A. Hart 
Other: Alfred A. Hart 
Dates:  1816 - 1908, 3 March
Born:  US, CT, Norwich
Died:  US, CA, Alameda
Active:  US
He photographed on the Central Pacific Railroad and was one of the photographers who recorded the joining of the rails at Promontory, Utah in 1869. His negatives were later purchased by Carleton E. Watkins who sold them under his own imprint. The original negatives were lost in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. 
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Sacramento, CA, US 
[6] *"Photographed and Published by..."; "Artist"; "Photographer"; "Official Photographer for the C.P.R.R."; "Golden State Photographic Gallery"; No. 65 J St.; 135 J. St.; issued several fine series: "Central Pacific R.R., California"; "Scenes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains"; "Scenes Near Great Salt Lake"; "Scenes in the Washoe Range"; "Scenes on the Humboldt River"; "Scenes in the Valley of the Sacramento"; ~370 views of the construction and along the route of the Central Pacific R.R., 65-66, appears to have made 32 negs during early fall of 65, pub. by Whitney & Paradise in NY; R.R. views bought by Watkins, 69; continued photog. CPRR until it joined the Union Pacific at Promontory Point on 5/10/69. Little known about his personal life; B. CT 3/28/16; seems to have been trained as a painter, but became involved in selling photographic supplies in Cleveland during the early 60's before becoming photog.; was an itinerant photog. by 63; by 65-66, was at work photog. the R.R. D. 08 
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the United States of America, (National Stereoscopic Association)
Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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"The Railroad Photographs of Alfred A. Hart, Artist" by Mead B. Kibbey (1995) California State Library Foundation ... 
This book has been out of print for sometime but there is a complete online copy on the website of the Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum ( 
Alfred Hart - Stereograph catalog ... 
Catalogue of his photographs with their distance in miles along the railroad from Sacramento. Central Pacific Railroad Photographic History Museum ( 
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