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Guide to the Emily Jackson Photograph Collection of Édouart's American Silhouette Portraits
 PR 101

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on May 13, 2022
Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Édouart, Augustin-Amant-Constant-Fidèle, 1789-1861
Creator: Jackson, Emily, 1861- (Collector)
Title: Emily Jackson photograph collection of Édouart's American silhouette portraits
Dates [inclusive]: [1911-1926]
Abstract: Collection of gelatin silver prints, glass plate negatives, and ephemera related to the documentation of a set of albums compiled by the French artist Augustin Édouart and briefly owned by Emily Jackson. Édouart affixed his reference set of silhouette portraits to album pages, which he then labeled with each sitter's name, hometown, and the place and date of the cutting. Taken together, the pages provide unique visual documentation of Americans of the 1840s, a profile in profile revealing their appearances on several levels at once: physical countenances, occupations, clothing styles, and favored pets and furniture.
Quantity: 8.97 Linear feet (22 boxes)
Location: Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit
Language: This collection is primarily visual. Any text is likely to be in French and English.
Call Phrase: PR 101