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Evangelina E. Lewis photographic postcard collection of the Philippine Islands

Identifier: Ayer-Modern-MS-LewisE

Scope and Content of the Collection

A collection of 155 photographic postcards and two photographs, roughly the same size as the postcards, printed on lighter photographic fiber paper (#10A and 11A). Photographs were possibly produced by photographer Samuel M. Shera. Most items include titles and numbers handwritten in white photographic solution on the front, and many include handwritten annotations on the back. Postcards mostly depict figures, events, architecture, and landscapes in the Philippines.

Several postcards have an “S” written in a box, usually near the bottom-right corner of the picture side of the postcard. This includes postcards # 100, 138, 140, 141, 142, 146, 149, and 153. This “S” is possibly Shera’s signature or an indication of Shera’s photograph studio.


  • Creation: approximately 1915-1916



Materials are primarily in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Evangelina E. Lewis photographic postcard collection of the Philippine Islands is open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Evangelina E. Lewis photographic postcard collection of the Philippine Islands is the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Evangelina E. Lewis

American teacher and librarian.

Evangelina E. Lewis, also referred to as Evangeline, Eva, or Edie, was born April 27, 1865 in Pendleton, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with her A.B. in 1894, and she began teaching mathematics at Huntington High School in Huntington, Indiana in 1895. Lewis later served as the librarian of the Pendleton Library and the Fall Creek Township Public Library. Although she never married and had no children, Lewis was the aunt of Lloyd Lewis, a prominent newspaper journalist, editor, and historian; the Newberry has a collection of Lloyd Lewis’ papers (Midwest MS Lewis), as well as a collection of the Lewis Family’s papers (Midwest MS LewisF). Evangelina Lewis died December 22, 1950.

Biography of Samuel M. Shera

U.S. Infantryman and photographer.

Samuel Morton Shera was born February 4, 1877 in Boone County, Indiana. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 13, 1898, and he served for approximately four years with the U.S. Infantry in the Philippines, perhaps working as a military photographer. Shera remained in the Philippines after being discharged from the Army in late 1901, working as a photographer in Manila and selling photographs of daily life in the Philippines. Shera was a family friend of Jay and Josephine Lewis, and corresponded frequently with the family during his time in the Philippines (especially 1898-1915). Shera returned to the United States around 1924, and settled in California; he died on January 6, 1950.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)


Collection of photographic postcards collected by Evangelina E. Lewis produced possibly by the photographer Samuel M. Shera. Postcards mostly depict figures, events, architecture, and landscapes in the Philippines.


Materials arranged in chronological order of the numbers inscribed on the picture side of the photographs.

Collection Stack Location

3a 55 3


Provenance unknown. The collection of postcards possibly came in to the collection with the Lloyd Lewis papers, approximately 1968.

Processed by

Analu Lopez, Tyne Lowe, 2018.

Processing Note

Items with annotations on the backside were transcribed by processing staff. The items in this collection are numbered between 1A and 745 (as inscribed on the picture side of the item). However, there are many gaps between these numbers, and in its annotation, postcard #74 alludes to numbered postcards that are not represented in this collection (#76, 78, 81).

Transcriptions of titles and annotations reflect the spelling and grammar choices of the original author. Some annotations (i.e., #10A, 577, etc.) could not be transcribed with confidence; in such cases, the unknown annotations were left in brackets with question marks. Some titles or numbers transcribed on the postcards were cut off or was slightly unclear; processing staff has made educated guesses concerning these titles and numbers, and otherwise left unknown or uncertain elements in brackets. Some items (#10A, 11A, 388A, 637, 638, 639, 640, 641, 642, 645) were untitled. In such cases, the processing staff has indicated that the item is “Untitled” and described the image side of the item in lieu of a title.

Inventory of the Evangelina E. Lewis photographic postcard collection of the Philippine Islands, approximately 1915-1916
Tyne Lowe
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

60 West Walton Street
Chicago Illinois 60610 United States