Spring on the York College campus

Where's Anna?

By Karen Rice-Young '92
A Glimpse of our Past
Sigma Delta Literary Society, York Collegiate Insitute

Anna Elizabeth Taylor graduated from the York Collegiate Institute in 1912. By 1916, she was a professional photographer and owner of The Ansonia Studio, 10 West Market Street in York, known as the Ebert Building, four years before women obtained the right to vote.

Taylor studied photography at the renowned Southern School of Photography under Dean of American Photographers W. S. Lively, and returned to become an instructor. She is pictured (below left) in this circa 1916 photo taken at the school.

Taylor is also one of the women in the enchanting photo (below right) of the Sigma Delta Literary Society, which was taken at the entrance to the YCI in May 1912. (Digital version: http://contentdm.ycp.edu/cdm/singleitem/collection/photoycp/id/2338/rec/4.) Which one of these young ladies do you think is the remarkable YCI graduate, Anna Elizabeth Taylor? This mystery is a familiar one in our Archives, where the images have been compared and scrutinized by many a visitor, yielding no definitive identification.