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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.
ca. 800 daguerreotypes
Daguerreotypes collection, ca. 1845-1865
New England (United States) [general region]
Plymouth (Plymouth County, Massachusetts)
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)
Condon, Lorna. "Inside SPNEA: Daguerreotypes of Plymouth." "Old-Time New England," spring 1996, p. 32-47.
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.