This collection contains approximately 1,276 photographs and corresponding glass plate negatives by American
photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston that focus on the portrait work of Johnston's earlier years in Washington, D.C., mainly
in the 1890s.
The focus is largely on D.C. socialites, diplomats, Presidents, senators, reformers, Supreme Court justices, artists, authors,
Confederacy officers, etc. Also included are series of views of
Washington's embassies (largely interior shots), legations, and famous residences Johnston photographed for Demorest's family
magazine. The remainder of the collection includes, among other items,
copies of Mathew Brady's daguerreotypes that belonged to the War Dept., treaties and other official documents from the State
Dept. Archives, Lincoln ephemera intended to illustrate Ida Tarbell's Life of
Lincoln, and views of the Bell telephone.
All requests for permission to publish photographs must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Photographs. Permission
for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington 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.