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We received the following request from Ms Shoemaker, Rights and Reproductions, University of Arizona: The Center for Creative Photography is in the process of updating contact information for copyright holders of photographs in its collection. A review of its records indicates no information for photographer George H. Seeley. The Center is mailing out permissions paper work to copyright holders. We need a contact name, mailing address and any other pertinent Information. Any information you can provide us regarding this matter is appreciated.
Requester: Cynthia Shoemaker | email@example.com
Initial Response Information:
George H (Henry) Seeley, photographer, was b. in Stockbridge MA in 1880 and died there in 1955. He never married. He had a sister May Elizabeth Seeley who md Winthrop Isham Davis. He had 2 other sisters but I found no evidence that they married.
May Elizabeth and Wintrop Isham Davis had one daughter, Marion Cady Davis (1901-1988) who married Thomas Byron.
Marion Cady Davis Byron donated some of George’s papers and photos to Yale University. You can find out about them by googling “George H Seeley Yale.”
MA Birth Index
• Thomas Clarke Byron Jr b. 4 Nov 1939 at Acton; parents Thomas Clarke Byron and Marion Cady Davis
• Thomas Byron b. 4 Nov 1939, d. 19 Aug 2005, Andover, Tolland, CT, SSN issued in MA
Obituary from the Hartford Courant: BYRON, Thomas C., Jr. Thomas C. Byron Jr., 65, of Andover, formerly of Manchester, husband of Joan (Gault) Byron died Friday (August 19, 2005) at Manchester Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was born November 4, 1939 in Acton, MA son of the late Thomas C. and Marian (Davis) Byron Sr. and had lived in Manchester for 25 years before moving to Andover in 1997. He was a graduate of Longmeadow, MA. High School, Class of 1957 and also a graduate from Brown University, Class of 1961. He then served in the U.S. Navy Amphibious Group from 1961- 1964. Tom was a Systems Analyst at Aetna Life and Casualty and retired as an officer with the company and later was employed a Massachusetts Mutual. He was a longtime choir member and church leader at North United Methodist Church, Manchester and President of the Andover Lake Management Association. In addition to his wife, Joan, he is survived by a son, Thomas C. Byron III and his wife,
Becky Byron of Enfield; a daughter Julie (Byron) Zoppi of South Windsor, three grandchildren. Alexander Joseph Byron, Thomas C. Byron, IV and Christopher D. Zoppi and cousins, Herbert and Linda Melleney. Memorial services will be Saturday, August 27, at 10:30 a.m. at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St., Manchester. Burial will be private and at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to JDRF or NUMC Memorial Fund. Holmes Funeral Home Manchester is in care of arrangements.
I suggested that if copyrights pass down through a family that Thomas C Byron III would be the best bet and found his contact information.
Thomas C Byron III, SavedRemove27 Sun St, Enfield, CT 06082-5115
Response from Ms Shoemaker: Thank you very much for your extensive information and assistance in helping us find the heir to George Seeley’s copyrights. We have sent a letter of inquiry to Thomas C. Byron III.
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A list of George H Seeley’s works: http://www.creativephotography.org/artists/george-h-seeley
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