James J. Williams Collection

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James J. Williams Collection


Photographs from a collection of albumin prints by James J. Williams (1853–1926) acquired by the Hawaiian Historical Society in May 2002. Williams was active as a photographer in Hawai'i from 1879 to 1926. He was one of many photographers who opened a studio or gallery in Honolulu. By 1890, approximately sixty photographers worked in the Islands, twenty in Honolulu.

Items in the James J. Williams Collection Collection

Wailuku, Maui
Wailuku, Maui, looking toward 'Iao Valley. No date.

Queen's Guard
The queen's guard and barracks, Honolulu, 1892.

'Iolani Palace
'Iolani Palace, Honolulu, early 1880s.

Kawaiaha'o Church
Kawaiaha'o Church, Honolulu.

Kealakekua Bay
Kealakeukua Bay with monument to Captain Cook, Hawaii Island

Lava Flow
Lava flow, Mauna Loa, Hawaii Island, 1881.

Flower Sellers
Flower and lei vendors.

Lihu'e, Kaua'i
Lihu'e village, Kaua'i, 1887.

Mahukona Railroad
Mahukona railroad and train, Hawaii Island, 1882.

Our Lady of Peace Cathedral
Our Lady of Peace Cathedral, Honolulu, late 1880s.

Picknickers at Nu'uanu Pali
Picnickers at the top of Nu'uanu Pali, O'ahu, late 1890s.

Pu'ukohola Heiau
Pu'ukohola heiau, Hawaii Island

Studio Portrait of Dancers
Undated studio portrait of hula dancers.

Horse-drawn Carriage with Travelers
Horse-drawn carriage with travelers on the road from Punalu'u, Hawaii Island, to Kilauea crater, circa 1890

From the Society of Calif. Pioneers, Charles B. Turrill Collection