Daguerreotypes collection, ca. 1845-1865

Collection Type

  • Photography

Date

1840-1865

GUSN

GUSN-171258

Description

This collection consists of approximately 800 daguerreotypes, ranging from 1/16 inch to full-plates, dating from the early 1840s to the early 1860s. The majority of the items are cased portraits and many of the sitters have been identified. Several of New England's leading daguerreotypists are represented in the collection, such as Southworth & Hawes, John Adams Whipple, John D. Heywood, Lorenzo G. Chase, and John Plumbe, Jr. There is a small but significant quantity of architectural views, including 14 daguerreotypes by Calvin Wheeler Philleo or Stephen Lucas taken in Plymouth, Massachusetts in the early 1850s.Source: Guide to the Library and Archives, 2.

Details

Descriptive Terms

studio portraits
Union cases
exterior views
daguerreotypes (photographs)

Physical Description

ca. 800 daguerreotypes

Collection Code

PC005

Collection Name

Daguerreotypes collection, ca. 1845-1865

Reference Code

PC005

Places

New England (United States) [general region]
Plymouth (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)

Record Details

Originator

Southworth & Hawes (Photographic studio)
Southworth, Albert Sands, 1811-1894 (Photographer)
Hawes, Josiah Johnson, 1808-1891 (Photographer)
Whipple, John Adams, 1823-1891 (Photographer)
Heywood, John D. (Photographer)
Chase, Lorenzo G., b. 1823 (Photographer)
Plumbe, John, Jr., 1809-1857 (Photographer)
Possibly Philleo, Calvin Wheeler, 1822-1858 (Photographer)
Possibly Lucas, Stephen (Photographer)

Material Type

daguerreotypes (photographs)

Subjects

Architectural photography

Description Level

Collection

Related Items

Sayward family papers
Coffin family papers

Historical/Biographical Note

Sources


Condon, Lorna. "Inside SPNEA: Daguerreotypes of Plymouth." "Old-Time New England," spring 1996, p. 32-47.

Arrangement

Arrangement

The materials in this collection are arranged by size. They are subdivided by photographer's name. Within each size group, unattributed plates are collected under the heading 'unusual' to draw attention to images of unusual visual quality or subject matter. Portrait sitters can be identified by referring to an index of accession numbers, corresponding to numbers on individual cases.