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Carte de Visite Photograph Collection
circa 1859-1900 (bulk, 1861-1869)

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

New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by N-YHS staff, 2005; finding aid migrated by Joseph Ditta, 2020.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on December 29, 2020
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, contact the Print Room Librarian at

Use Restrictions

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to 20 exposures of stable, unbound material per day. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit:

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: Carte de Visite Photograph Collection, PR-011, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections, New-York Historical Society.

Related Materials

Many additional cartes de visite can be found throughout the Album File (PR 002), either in specially-made carte de visite albums, or pasted in to other albums. Most carte de visite theatrical portraits and city views have been mounted on larger sheets and can be found through the Theatrical Portrait File (PR 104) and the New-York Historical Society Collection of Geographic Images (PR 020). A scrapbook of photographic advertising in the Bella C. Landauer Collection of Business and Advertising Ephemera (PR 031) includes more than 150 cartes de visite.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Carte de Visite Photograph Collection was accumulated over time, primarily during the 19th and 20th centuries, from a variety of sources.

Processing Information

Collection inventoried and WORD document finding aid created by New-York Historical Society staff in March 2005. Archivist Joseph Ditta migrated the finding aid to ArchivesSpace in May 2020.


The collection is open for additional accessions. The most recent addition was received in 2020.