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Finding aid for the 19th century photographs collection 0127
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  • Preferred Citation
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Acquisition
  • Scope and Content
  • Conditions Governing Use

  • Title: 19th century photographs collection
    Collection number: 0127
    Contributing Institution: USC Libraries Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet 1 box
    Date: circa 1860s-1870s
    Abstract: Tintype, ambrotype, cartes-de-visite, and cabinet card portrait photographs of the Civil War period (soldiers and civilians).

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], 19th century photographs collection, Collection no. 0127, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

    Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.


    Donated by Mr. and Mrs. Martin B. Retting, 1983.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of 40 tintypes, 10 ambrotypes, 22 cartes-de-visite, 1 photograph album of cartes-de-visite, and 1 cabinet card, created during the 1860s and 1870s and depicting portraits of Civil War soldiers and civilians, landscapes, and an animal. The identified photographers include C.V. Tarbox; M.G. Trank, Bangor, ME; A.H. Dresser, Bucksport, MA; J.P. Merrill, Bangor, ME; Mather; Titusville, PA; J.P. and F.W. Hardy, Bangor, ME; Bogardus, New York, NY; D.C. Dinsmore, Dover, ME; Miller & Rowell, Boston, MA; Bowdoin, Taylor & Co., Alexandria, VA; J.R. Foster, Great Falls, NH; Davis & Co., Boston, MA; H.L. Kilgore, Belfast, ME; W. Chase, Halifax, Nova Scotia; J.L. Lovell, Amherst, MA; Lovell & Knowlton, Northampton, MA; S.W. Sawyer, Bangor, ME; Holmes' Park Gallery, New York, NY. Most of the tintypes and ambrotypes are housed in ornately embossed book-case frames.

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections 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.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Ambrotypes (photographs)
    Cabinet photographs
    Cartes-de-visite (card photographs)
    Portraits--United States--19th century--Photographs
    Soldiers--United States--19th century--Photographs
    Tintypes (prints)