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Collection Name:

Parnassus Preserved Collection (Discrete Collection 118.01-118.02)


Various photographers

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Span Dates:

1860 - 1870 (ca.).


The Parnassus Preserved Collection (Discrete Collection 118) comprises 2 boxes of 360 mostly albumen cartes-de-visite (357) and cabinet cards (3) of nineteenth century portraits of prominent literary and public figures made by well-known photographers and photographic studios of the day. (Three are carbon prints; one is gelatin or collodion silver print.)

Subjects include American, English, French, and Scottish authors, poets, and humorists, editors and newspapermen, historians, philosophers, naturalists, various teachers, college faculty and presidents, composers, and popular songwriters. Also featured are political figures, various U.S. and European cabinet officers, legislators, and diplomats, Army officers from the U.S. Civil War, and numerous abolitionists and suffragists.

Major photographers include Abraham Bogardus, Mathew Brady (many of which were published by Edward and H. T. Anthony), W. & D. Downey, C. D. Fredericks, Eliott & Fry, J. Gurney & Son, the London Stereoscopic & Photographic Co., Jose Maria Mora, Felix Nadar, Pierre Petit, Charles Reutlinger, George Rockwood, Napoleon Sarony, and G. K. Warren.

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