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Introduction to the Photo Archive

Larchmont Historical Society’s Digital Photo Archive is a searchable database of more than 7,000 images from six major sources and multiple collections. The archive was originally developed in 2010 and we are now moving the collection to a new platform that offers more reliability and sustainability.

Today you can browse each collection separately, and we are activating a technology to permit searches across collections based on themes and topics.

It is not necessary to log in or register to use this archive. You can browse all of the photos in a particular collection or search for images across the entire archive.

Viewing Each Collection

The list of collections is to the left. They are grouped under the six participating organizations – names CAPITALIZED – who shared their collections with the Archive. Click on a collection and you can browse all of the photos in that collection.

Searching Generally

Searching by Address

You can type a street name combined with a 3-digit street number like prospect007 or beach149. A 4-digit number is necessary for Palmer Avenue or the Post Road, like palmer1906 or bpr2112. You enter these into the Search Tool and hit “execute search” you will get a listing of all of the images indexed to the addresses involved.

General Keywords

We have also set up a list of indexing keywords. While indexing is not complete, if you search on these keywords you will reach those images that have already been indexed. For example, click on the keyword “halloween” below and you will see ghosts and goblins past.

park – residence – business – lyc – hhyc – lsc – thruway – business – WWI – WWII – korea – vietnam – school – soccer – sail – worship – parade – storm – housetour – ad – hotel – map – art – civilwar – veteran – detail – halloween – manorpark – flintpark
Government and Public Service


vol – tom – vom – mayor – trustee – supervisor – towncouncil
Fire and Police


lpd – tmpd – lfd – tmfd – fire – workingfire
When users suggest additional search keywords we add them to this list.

Obtaining Photographs

To obtain a photograph you must contact the organization that has custody of the photograph.

Local Cemeteries

Between 2007-2008, Ned Benton took photos of every grave marker in all six local cemeteries and posted them in the Photo Archive.  As information becomes available, the images are annotated with information about the people identified by the markers.



The cemeteries documented include:

The collection can be searched in the Photo Archive by family name or by cemetery: 

The Philip Severin Collection

Philip Severin 1894-1986

Known as “Mr. Larchmont,” Philip Severin played an integral role in the evolution of our present-day community. Severin was a realtor, developer, planner, landscape architect, historian, artist and writer. He recorded his surroundings and experiences  in both his art and his writing, preserving a record of life in Larchmont that brings the past to life today. His contributions are memorialized on a plaque in the West Gazebo of Manor Park. The Historical Society acquired a collection of his original sketches in 2006.

Severin was born in 1894 in New York City. The Severin family moved to Larchmont in 1899. They lived on 28 picturesque acres know as Wilmarth Farms, stretching from the Post Road to Palmer Avenue and from Chatsworth Avenue to the stone wall along Concord Avenue, Virginia Place, Devon Road and Nassau Road. His father, Jacob Zvirin (name changed later) was a printer who also operated Zvirin’s News Store. The Larchmont Historical Society is fortunate to have several of the beautiful photo postcards that he published and sold to residents of Larchmont Village in the early 1900s.

The Larchmont Public Library Collection

This is a 1920s illustration of Larchmont Village Hall

The Larchmont Public Library maintains a collection of images from documents in the Library, as well as the Herb Roth Photograph Collection.

One group of images is from Larchmont the Beautiful, a 1922 publication that celebrated Larchmont, its residents and their homes. Another set is of vintage charts and maps, which mostly depict Larchmont locations.

Site Link:  The Larchmont Public Library Collection

Streetscape Pictures from 2002 and 2012

The Larchmont Store

These photos were taken by Ned Benton in 2002 and again in 2012 to illustrate each address in Larchmont Village’s business districts. The LHS plans to update the record every decade with photographs of the same sites.

Site Link: Streetscape Pictures from 2002

Some locations have multiple photographs taken at other times. These can be found by using an address keyword: see Searching by Address for detailed directions.


Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club

Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club

This collection is an eclectic mix of images donated by the Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club to the Larchmont Historical Society. Some are from the club’s early history. Others show the fire and renovation in the 1990s, and many depict more recent social and racing events.

Site Link: Horseshoe Harbor Yacht Club

Additional photographs of the club may be found in other collections. Use the keyword “hhyc” to search the entire Archive. For further instructions, see: Browsing and Searching the Collections.

The Larchmont Times 1901-1902

Larchmont Times, June 1, 1901

The Larchmont Times of 1901 and 1902 are editions of a weekly newspaper published by George S. Forbes. The paper was produced in New Rochelle from offices at 225 Huguenot Avenue. It became the Larchmonter Times in 1908 and was published until 1922. It was then succeeded by the Larchmont Times, which ran until 1955.

Site link: The Larchmont Times1901-1902

The Historical Society obtained an original set of the 1901-1902 Larchmont Times in 2008, digitized it, and then posted it to the Photo Archives. We also scanned and cropped separately a set of advertisements by local merchants and professionals.

Larchmont Manor Park

The 1962 Swim Team

This collection includes vintage pictures from the Bath House at Manor Beach and more current ones of the beach taken at high and low tides.

The original Bath House photos hang in the entrance hallway. They show past staff, swim teams, and life at the beach. Over the years, the pictures have faded.

The Historical Society obtained permission to scan the photos and post them in our collection. On images that include names, we have entered them into the index of information for the photos.

Do you recognize someone who isn’t identified? Please contact us so we can update the index.

Site Link: Pictures from Manor Beach

LHS General Collection

Schooner Aground at Manor Beach

Over the years, the Larchmont Historical Society Archive has amassed a large number of images in addition to those in the named collections. The original picture or slides can be found in notebooks, collection boxes and files at the Archive.

There are photos of local homes, public agencies, churches, civic organizations, neighborhoods and parks. In addition there are images scanned from slides of LHS lectures, including those by Sherman Totten from his presentation “Larchmont Through The Years.”