Birmingham City Council

The Benjamin Stone Collection

Photographs from 2008 of the exhibitionKnight of the Camera in Centenary Square, Birmingham

 photo Blackfoot Indian 1870, Benjamin Stone

This vast collection by one of Birmingham's most noted amateur photographers comprises of 22,000 mounted prints (albumen and platinum prints c1870-1914), 17,000 glass negatives, 600 stereographs, 50 albums of collected prints (largely cartes de visite and cabinet format c1865-1880), 50 albums of cuttings relating to the photographer and his activities, Parliamentary Diaries, and Stone's original print and negative index.

The subjects include British customs and festivals, parliamentary portraits, the Coronation of George V, topographical and views photographs from Europe, America (North and South), Africa, India, and Australasia, and works of art in European galleries and museums. The department also holds copies of Sir Benjamin Stone's Pictures: Records of National Life and History, Cassell 1904.

The collection is available in a micro-fiche edition. A card index is also available.

More images from the Benjamin Stone Collection | Biography of Benjamin Stone

A Record of England - Sir Benjamin Stone & The National Photographic Record Association

You can see some of Benjamin Stone's photographs and diary entries on the Digital Handsworth web site, plus photographs of north Birmingham taken by Stone.

The Benjamin Stone collection can be seen in Archives and Heritage Service on Floor 6 of Birmingham Central Library.

For further details Tel: 0121 303 4549 or e-mail

Material relating to Sir Benjamin Stone can also be found in the collections at Sutton Coldfield Reference Library.
Please contact Sutton Coldfield Reference Library in advance if you wish to view this material.
Tel: 0121 464

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