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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.

Scope and Content Note

The Mathew B. Brady Studio Portrait Photograph Collection contains approximately 6,000 proof portraits of men, women, and children who were photographed in Brady's New York studios between the mid-1850s and the late 1860s. The portraits in this collection were those kept by the studio as a visual patron record, and are nearly all labeled with the last name of the sitter or sitters. The prints are unmounted and were formerly housed in albums.

For more detailed information about this collection, see the article by Sandra Markham, "Figments of a Mighty Past: Mathew Brady Portrait Photographs at the New-York Historical Society," in The New-York Journal of American History, volume 65, number 1, Spring 2003, pages 80-102.


Arranged in the following series:

  1. Series I. Imperial format portraits
  2. Series II. Carte-de-visite format portraits
  3. Oversize material from Series I