J. E. Mock portrait collection

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Collection Overview
Biographical Information for J. E. Mock
Scope and Content
Additional Finding Aids
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information
Related Materials

Collection Overview (Collapse)

J. E. Mock portrait collection
Mock, J. E., (Joseph Ernest), 1867-1944
Inclusive Date(s)
circa 1910-1940
Photograph portraits of members of the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute's (RAMI) Board of Trustees and of prominent Rochesterians. RAMI changed its name to the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1944. The portraits were taken by Joseph Ernest Mock, a prominent photographer in the Rochester area.
2.5 Linear feet (2 lid boxes)
C.S. Mid-Range, Shelf 59, Oversize Boxes 15-16
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Biographical Information for J. E. Mock (Collapse)

Joseph Ernest Mock (1867-1944) was born to Carl and Mary Anna (née Bader) Mock on November 19, 1867. Although he was born in Fessenheim, a village located in the Alsace region of France, the area was under German control for most of his childhood. Mock started his education in public school before attending the St. Joseph's Institute at Matzenheim where he studied music and art. In 1884, at the age of 16, Mock immigrated to the United States.

Upon arriving in the U.S., Mock began working with Robert Furman, a prominent photographer in the Rochester area. By 1887 he opened his own studio that permanently moved to the Sibley block of Rochester in 1904. Mock earned a reputation as a talented photographer and portrait painter and received several awards for his creations. He was a member of the Photographers Association of America, the local Photographers' Association, and the Professional Photographers Society of New York for which he served as president in 1915, 1921, and 1922.

Mock was also involved in the Rochester community. He was a member of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, belonged to the Knights of Columbus, and played as the organist at St. Francis Xavier's Roman Catholic Church for many years. On August 21, 1890, Mock married Rosa Armbruster with whom he had three daughters. He died on September 6, 1944.

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Scope and Content (Collapse)

The J. E. Mock portrait collection contains 50 portraits of members of the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute's (RAMI) Board of Trustees, as well as of several prominent Rochesterians. Most of the portraits are 8×11 black and white photographs, though 11 of the photographs are 5×8. The collection also includes a painted portrait of Sol Heumann that is based on a photograph taken by Mock.

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Arrangement (Collapse)

This collection is currently unprocessed. The portraits are spread between two boxes with the 5x8 images being grouped together.

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Additional Finding Aids (Collapse)

In addition to this finding aid, an inventory is available below. For more information, please contact the RIT Archive Collections.

J. E. Mock Studio portrait collection

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Mock, J. E., (Joseph Ernest), 1867-1944
  • Booth, James E., 1826-1919
  • Clark, Brackett H.
  • Clark, George H., 1860-1953
  • Crockett, A. Edwin
  • Eisenhart, M. Herbert, 1884-1975
  • Gleason, James E., 1868-1964
  • Hale, Ezra Andrews, 1895-
  • Heumann, Sol
  • Hoke, George Wilson
  • Pike, John Derrick
  • Randall, John A., (John Arthur), b. 1881
  • Rhees, Rush, 1860-1939
  • Weet, Herbert S.
  • Wiltsie, Charles Hastings, 1859-1935

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute. Board of Directors.
  • Rochester Institute of Technology -- Photograph collections.


  • Portrait collection
  • Portrait photographers -- New York (State) -- Rochester
  • Portrait photography -- New York (State) -- Rochester


  • Photographs
  • Portraits

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Preferred Citation

J. E. Mock portrait collection, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Administrative Information (Collapse)

Collection ID


Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in January 2011.

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Related Materials (Collapse)

Related Materials

RIT Portrait collection

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