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Guide to the Mathew B. Brady Studio Portrait Photograph Collection
(Bulk 1861-1869)
  PR 85

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 873-3400

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Collection processed by Sandra Markham and Kelly McAnnaney

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 01, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series II: Carte-de-Visite Format Portraits

Scope and Contents note

Series II contains approximately 5,300 albumen portraits of men, women, children, and groups, made from carte-de-visite format negatives. They date between 1861 and 1869. The prints are in a uniform 3.25 by 2 inches size, and are arranged alphabetically by sitter name, when the written name is legible, with the many unnamed portraits arranged separately. The sitters in Series II are primarily upper-middle class New York City residents and visitors to the city. The collection is nearly evenly divided between portraits of men and women, including four portraits of African Americans. Two women, one labeled Harris/Paris and one Johnson, and one man also labeled Johnson, are photographed individually. A portrait of a Mr. Price includes his attendant, an unnamed African American man, standing beside him.

Along with portraits of adults, the collection also contains over eight hundred images of children. This includes individual portraits as well as group portraits of children with their parents or siblings. Infants are usually shown on a parent's lap, with only the adult's hand, arm or chin visible. Often the children are dressed up for the occasion and are photographed with props such as books, toys or dolls.

Unknown sitters and groups are organized by gender, or when recognized, by subject. There are also images of copy work and proofs of published work in this series as well.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : A - Boy
Box: 5 Folder : Bra - Cli
Box: 6 Folder : Cob - Fly
Box: 7 Folder : Fog - J
Box: 8 Folder : K - N
Box: 9 Folder : O - Spr
Box: 10 Folder : Squ - W
Box: 11 Folder : X - Z
Box: 11 Folder : Groups - Men
Box: 11 Folder : Groups - Women
Box: 11 Folder : Groups - Men and Women
Box: 11 Folder : Children with Adults
Box: 11 Folder : Children in Groups
Box: 11 Folder : People with Animals / Portraits of Animals
Box: 11 Folder : Men - No name / Indecipherable
Box: 11 Folder : Women - No name / Indecipherable
Box: 11 Folder : Children - No name / Indecipherable
Box: 11 Folder : Nuns
Box: 11 Folder : Theatrical Portraits
Box: 11 Folder : Non-Portraits
Box: 11 Folder : Copy Work
Box: 11 Folder : Proof of Published Work
Box: 11 Folder : Photo Fragments / Body Parts

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