Ambrotypes collection, 1853-1865

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

1853-1865

GUSN

GUSN-171256

Description

The Ambrotype Collection consists of approximately 400 items of this photographic medium. An ambrotype is a type of photograph created by mounting a negative, produced through a variation of the wet collodion process, on glass with a dark backing. This mounting produces the appearance of a positive image. The dates of the ambrotypes in the collection range from 1853 to 1865, the period of time during which the greatest number of this form of photography was produced. The ambrotypes are of various sizes, and some are hand-tinted.

The subjects represented in the collection encompass portraits, animals, buildings, and paintings. The portraits include people of every age and class. The types of attire worn include: evening dress, wedding dresses, band uniforms, military uniforms, children's sailor suits, and children's frocks. Sitters hold different kinds of objects, such as canes, handkerchiefs, pocket watches, and lockets. Children hold dolls or toys.

Sources: Ambrotype Collection finding aid; Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus, accessed 2010-05-19.

Details

Descriptive Terms

hand coloring
buildings (structures)
portraits
Costume (Hierarchy Name)
evening dresses (garments)
wedding dresses
military uniforms
bands (ensembles)
children (people by age group)
soldiers
canes (walking sticks)
pocket watches
lockets
dolls
toys (recreational artifacts)
paintings (visual works)
ambrotypes (photographs)

Physical Description

ca. 400 ambrotypes

Finding Aid Info

Paper finding aid available in the Library and Archives.

Collection Code

PC003

Collection Name

Ambrotypes collection, 1853-1865

Reference Code

PC003

Record Details

Material Type

ambrotypes (photographs)

Subjects

animals

Description Level

Collection