A collection of approximately 7,000
cartes-de-visite and cabinet photograph portraits representing thousands of commercial
photographers operating in the American West, 1860-1910.
Carl Mautz was born in Portland, Oregon in 1943. He began collecting cartes-de-visite and
cabinet photographs from the early American West in 1974 while maintaining a law practice in
mountain towns of Northern California. He became increasingly interested in the imprints
found on the backs of these photographs, and the photographers about whom little to nothing
was known. In 1975, based on his own and other collectors' research, he published a small
guide called Checklist of Western Photographers, and continued hunting for unique imprints.
In 1997, after 20 more years of collecting, selling, conferring, and researching, Mautz
published a 600-page reference work titled Biographies of Western Photographers: A Reference
Guide to Photographers Working in the 19th Century American West, considered a seminal work
in the field of early Western photography. Mautz turned full-time to dealing in photographs
after he retired from practicing law in 1993. He also began a small publishing company and
has published 25 books pertaining to photography or local California history.
28.3 Linear Feet
(19 binders, 14 boxes)
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