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Guide to the Cased Image File
1840-ongoing
 PR 12

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400


© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Cara McCormick; database migrated to Archivist Toolkit by Jennifer Gargiulo, 2016

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on December 05, 2016
Finding aid written in English.

Scope and Contents Note

The Cased Image File consists of 2,301 items. 435 of these are Ambrotypes, 893 are Daguerreotypes, and 801 are Tintypes. Though most of these images are housed in their original leather cases, the collection also contains 87 Union Cases. The remaining 172 items are primarily mixed media, Opalotypes and empty cases or case remnants. The collection fills approximately 90 boxes (or approx. 42 linear feet).

The collection is predominantly made up of Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes and Tintypes. Portraits constitute most of the file, and many items are still in the cases in which they were sold. The file also contains other non-paper photographic formats such as Opalotypes and framed transparencies. Heavily represented family groups include the Harper, Webb, Kellogg-Comstock, MacMartin-MacLaren, Eames, Ward, Hincken, Stuyvesant, Greenwood and Ellis families and associates. Such prominent persons as Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, Peter Cooper, Asher B. Durand, Millard Fillmore, Washington Irving, Jenny Lind, John McComb, William H. Seward and Daniel Webster appear in the Cased Images Collection. Other striking images include Caesar, a New York slave; the 1856 Rutgers Female Institute graduating class, and several stereographic daguerreotypes by J. F. Mascher of Philadelphia and Samuel F.B. Morse, as well occupational portraits of firemen, barbers and actors. Among the views are an interior of the New York Crystal Palace in the 1850s and a Niagara Falls landscape. Most of the photographers represented in the collection operated in New York City, for example: Rufus Anson, Abraham Bogardus, Mathew Brady, Charles D. Fredericks, Jeremiah Gurney, L. Cathan, Silas A. Holmes and John Plumbe. The collection also contains an image made by 20th Century daguerreotypist Robert Shlaer. Two images created by Jerry Spagnoli were removed in May 2002 and now comprise part of the Jerry Spagnoli Photograph Collection.

Although a few of the images are reproductions of paintings made at earlier dates, and a large number of the images are completely undated, it is clear from the labeled and identified items that the majority were taken between 1850 and 1870, with many images taken early as the 1850's.

Arrangement note

The Cased Images are organized by medium and size. There are six medium categories. Multiple Media inlcudes cases which hold both an Ambrotype and a Tintype, for example. Other Media include Transparency, Hallotype, Opalotype, and Autochrome. Cases refers to either a case missing an image or to a part of a case, such as a mat, edge preserver or lining. For the most part, everything is cataloged on an item level (except for groupings of unidentified Tintypes and in instances where several items are held in one case). Item-level descriptions are provided in the container list by number of image. To identify the box number for a particular image, consult the list below.

Series I: Ambrotypes

Box: 1 Ambrotypes, 1 - 49

Box: 2 Ambrotypes, 50 - 80

Box: 3 Ambrotypes, 81 - 108

Box: 4 Ambrotypes, 109-131

Box: 5 Ambrotypes, 132 - 173

Box: 6 Ambrotypes, 174 - 197

Box: 7 Ambrotypes, 198 - 221

Box: 8 Ambrotypes, 222 - 245

Box: 9 Ambrotypes, 246 - 267

Box: 10 Ambrotypes, 268 - 289

Box: 11 Ambrotypes, 290 - 311

Box: 12 Ambrotypes, 312 - 332

Box: 13 Ambrotypes, 333 - 352

Box: 14 Ambrotypes, 353 - 373

Box: 15 Ambrotypes, 374 - 390

Box: 16 Ambrotypes, 391 - 404

Box: 17 Ambrotypes, 405 - 414

Box: 18 Ambrotypes, 415 - 419

Box: 19 Ambrotypes, 420

Box: 47 (oversize) Ambrotypes, 421

Series II: Daguerrotypes

Box: 20 Daguerrotypes, 1 - 27

Box: 21 Daguerrotypes, 28 - 59

Box: 22 Daguerrotypes, 60 - 89

Box: 23 Daguerrotypes, 90 - 115

Box: 24 Daguerrotypes, 116 - 141

Box: 25 Daguerrotypes, 142 - 189

Box: 26 Daguerrotypes, 190 - 215

Box: 27 Daguerrotypes, 216 - 240

Box: 28 Daguerrotypes, 241 - 265

Box: 29 Daguerrotypes, 266 - 289

Box: 30 Daguerrotypes, 290 - 314

Box: 31 Daguerrotypes, 315 - 340

Box: 32 Daguerrotypes, 341 - 364

Box: 33 Daguerrotypes, 365 - 388

Box: 34 Daguerrotypes, 389 - 410

Box: 35 Daguerrotypes, 411 - 434

Box: 36 Daguerrotypes, 435 - 458

Box: 37 Daguerrotypes, 459 - 482

Box: 38 Daguerrotypes, 483 - 506

Box: 39 Daguerrotypes, 507 - 528

Box: 40 Daguerrotypes, 529 - 550

Box: 41 Daguerrotypes, 551 - 573

Box: 42 Daguerrotypes, 574 - 592

Box: 43 Daguerrotypes, 592.1 - 616

Box: 44 Daguerrotypes, 617 - 632

Box: 49 Daguerrotypes, 633 - 651

Box: 50 Daguerrotypes, 652 - 670

Box: 51 Daguerrotypes, 671 - 689

Box: 52 Daguerrotypes, 690 - 707

Box: 53 Daguerrotypes, 708 - 725

Box: 54 Daguerrotypes, 726 - 743

Box: 55 Daguerrotypes, 744 - 757

Box: 56 Daguerrotypes, 758 - 772

Box: 57 Daguerrotypes, 773 - 783

Box: 58 Daguerrotypes, 784 - 794.1

Box: 59 Daguerrotypes, 795 - 805

Box: 60 Daguerrotypes, 806 - 816

Box: 61 Daguerrotypes, 817 - 826

Box: 62 Daguerrotypes, 827 - 837

Box: 63 Daguerrotypes, 838 - 849

Box: 64 Daguerrotypes, 850 - 858

Box: 65 Daguerrotypes, 859 - 867

Box: 66 Daguerrotypes, 868 - 877

Box: 67 Daguerrotypes, 878 - 882

Box: 68 Daguerrotypes, 883

Box: 48 oversize Daguerrotypes, 884

Box: 68A Daguerrotypes, 885-894

Series III: Tintypes

Box: 69 Tintypes, 1 - 79

Box: 70 Tintypes, 80 - 134

Box: 71 Tintypes, 135 - 174

Box: 72 Tintypes, 175 - 249

Box: 73 Tintypes, 250 - 309

Box: 74 Tintypes, 310 - 324

Box: 75 Tintypes, 325 - 414

Box: 76 Tintypes, 415 - 484

Box: 77 Tintypes, 485 - 524

Box: 78 Tintypes, 525 - 559

Box: 79 Tintypes, 560 - 594

Box: 80 Tintypes, 595 - 607

Box: 81 Tintypes, 608 - 613

Box: 81A Tintypes, 614-653

Series IV: Multiple Media

Box: 82 Multiple Media, 1 - 12

Series V: Other Media

Box: 83 Other Media, 1 - 15

Box: 84 Other Media, 16 - 30

Box: 85 Other Media, 31 - 40

Box: 86 Other Media, 41 - 44

Box: 87 Other Media, 45 - 51

Box: 46 oversize Other Media, 52

Box: 45 oversize Other Media, 53

Series VI: Cases

Box: 88 Cases, 1 - 10

Box: 89 Cases, 11 - 12

Box: 90 Cases, 13 - 16