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Historic McAllister photos of Burlington available online

Construction of Burlington City Hall

Construction of Burlington City Hall

Construction of Burlington’s City Hall, photographed by Louis L. McAllister

The Louis L. McAllister photographs will be made available online through the University of Vermont Libraries’ Center for Digital Initiatives. This ambitious project will make photographs documenting over 40 years of Burlington history available to researchers around the globe. With over a thousand images already available, the digital collection will continue to grow over a period of several years.

Louis Lloyd McAllister was born in Omaha, Nebraska on October 16, 1877, the son of Rosa (Gould) and William G. McAllister. His father, a native of Warren VT, was a maker of tintypes in Bristol prior to the Civil War. L.L. returned to Vermont and began photographing in Randolph in 1897. In a few years he moved to Burlington and became a well-known photographer in the Burlington area with his business at 47 North Winooski Avenue.McAllister’s “trademark” was his panorama camera which made him familiar to all sorts of groups ranging from graduating classes to state police to summer camp groups. In addition he did print 8 x 10 photos, many of which document building construction and Burlington Street Department projects, as well as group and individual portraits.McAllister died April 28, 1963, ending a sixty-year career as a Burlington area photographer.The L.L. McAllister Collection includes portraits, construction projects, buildings, businesses and events in the Burlington area covering the period ca. 1920-1960. The collection also includes photos of street, bridge, airport and sewer construction and repair, as well as group portraits of clubs, schools, etc.

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