Chesley Glass Plate Negatives Collection

George Chesley opened a photography studio in Pipestone in 1885 and worked on and off until 1923. In the 1980s many of his glass plate negatives were discovered on the second floor of a downtown building and donated to the museum. The only identification we have were the handwritten notes Chesley made on the negatives, however sometimes Chesley would write the name of the person who was paying the bill instead of the person pictured. The collection includes 3,019 negatives of families and individuals mostly photographed in his studio in Pipestone.