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Guide to the Cased Photographs from The Bancroft Library and the California State Library
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Description
Format, rather than subject content or provenance, is the basic criterion for inclusion in the present finding aid. While the core formats are cased photographs of the 1840s, 1850s and 1860s, related materials are also included. Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes (or ferrotypes), and collodion positives on leather or cloth (pannotypes) are the typical media which fall under the definition of cased photographs. In addition to these, the present finding aid contains some media with physical characteristics similar to these, such as opalotypes, crystoleum photographs, and some painted miniatures. For explanations of these media and processes, refer to the Glossary of Terms, below.
Extent
ca. 515 items (chiefly daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes) and ca. 85 photographic prints (salt prints).
Restrictions
Copyright has not necessarily been assigned to the holding repository. All requests for permission to publish pictorial materials must be submitted in writing to the institution that holds the desired image. Any permission for publication granted is given on behalf of the holding institution as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the user.
Availability
Restricted originals. Viewing prints available for most items. Access procedures and restrictions vary by repository. In most cases advance notice or an appointment is required for use. For more information, see each repository's finding aid, or contact the institution directly.