Traveling photographer Albert J. Ewing was born in 1870 in Washington County, Ohio, near Marietta. He most likely began his photography career in the 1890s, and the 1910 US Census and a 1912-1913 directory both list his profession as "photographer." A negative signed “Ewing Brothers” and a picture with his younger brother, Frank, indicate that the latter may also have joined the business. During the period of 1896 to 1912, Ewing traveled extensively as an itinerant photographer in southeastern Ohio and central West Virginia, dealing primarily in individual and group portraits, as well as landscapes and others scenes of daily life. After 1916, directories list Albert as a salesman. He died in 1934.
The Ewing Collection consists of 5,055 glass plate negatives, each individually housed and numbered. Additionally, the collection includes approximately 450 modern contact prints made from the glass plate negatives. Subjects include infants and young children, elderly people, families, school and religious groups, animals and rural scenes. The Ohio Historical Society received the collection in 1982, still housed in the original dry plate negative boxes purchased by Albert J. Ewing. A selection of the original glass plate negatives were exhibited for the first time in 2013 at the Ohio Historical Center.
To learn more about the individual items in the collection, please see the finding aid.