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Finding aid for the 19th century photographs collection

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein, 2012

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Title
19th century photographs collection
Collection no.
0127
Date
circa 1860s-1870s
Extent
1.0 Linear feet, 1 box
Language
English
Abstract
Tintype, ambrotype, cartes-de-visite, and cabinet card portrait photographs of the Civil War period (soldiers and civilians).

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], 19th century photographs collection, Collection no. 0127, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of 40 tintypes, 10 ambrotypes, 24 cartes-de-visite, 1 photograph album of cartes-de-visite, and 1 cabinet card, created during the 1860s and 1870s and depicting portraits of Civil War soldiers and civilians, landscapes, and an animal. The identified photographers include C.V. Tarbox; M.G. Trank, Bangor, ME; A.H. Dresser, Bucksport, MA; J.P. Merrill, Bangor, ME; Mather; Titusville, PA; J.P. and F.W. Hardy, Bangor, ME; Bogardus, New York, NY; D.C. Dinsmore, Dover, ME; Miller & Rowell, Boston, MA; Bowdoin, Taylor & Co., Alexandria, VA; J.R. Foster, Great Falls, NH; Davis & Co., Boston, MA; H.L. Kilgore, Belfast, ME; W. Chase, Halifax, Nova Scotia; J.L. Lovell, Amherst, MA; Lovell & Knowlton, Northampton, MA; S.W. Sawyer, Bangor, ME; Holmes' Park Gallery, New York, NY. Most of the tintypes and ambrotypes are housed in ornately embossed book-case frames.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2012
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition

Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Martin B. Retting, 1983.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Ambrotypes (photographs)
  • Cabinet photographs
  • Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
  • Tintypes (prints)

Subject(s)

  • Portraits--United States--19th century--Photographs
  • Soldiers--United States--19th century--Photographs

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Collection Inventory

 Tintypes 

Box Item

 Civil War soldiers 1860s 

Scope and Content

With the exception of items 1 and 2, all tintypes are mounted in embossed book-style frames.

1 1-14

 Men, women and children circa 1860s-1870s 

Scope and Content

Items 21-25 are 5 tintypes mounted on embossed cards with domed pediments. Items 26-29 are 4 tintypes (1 woman, 3 men), oval, mounted on embossed mats. Items 30-39 are 10 tintypes of men and women, miniature in size, mounted on embossed mats. Item 40 depicts a mother and child and is mounted on an embossed card with a domed pediment. Item 41 is a miniature tintype framed with a small gilt border and mounted on an embossed card. Item 42 is unmounted. Item 43 depicts a dog. Items 44-46 are housed in embossed book frames.

1 21-46

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 Ambrotypes 

Box Item

 Civil War soldiers 1860s 

Scope and Content

Ambrotypes housed in embossed, book frames.

1 15-20

 Men and women 1860s-1870s 

Scope and Content

Ambrotypes housed in embossed, book frames.

1 47-50

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 Cartes de visite 

Box Item

 Men and women 1860s-1870s 

Scope and Content

Items 54-63 depict men and women full figure or head and shoulders. Items 64-70 are busts only.

1 51-68, 77-78

 Landscape with waterfall 

1 69

 Group of people in front of house [in Nova Scotia?] 

1 70

 Abraham Lincoln and family 

1 71

 George Washington 

1 72

 Photograph album 

Scope and Content

Photograph album of mounted cartes-de-visite depicting Civil War soldiers, Civil War political figures, men and women. Many of the sitters are identified; many of the photographs have notations of location.

1 74

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 Cabinet cards 

Box Item

 Unidentified woman 

1 73

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Box Item

 Frames 

Scope and Content

2 embossed book case frames, no photographs.

1 75-76

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