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The Library of Congress

Woman at a sewing machine
Photographer: unidentified, ca. 1853
Library of Congress,
Prints & Photographs Division
The Library of Congress has more than 650 photographs in its daguerreotype collection, dating from 1839 to 1864. Portrait daguerrotypes produced by the Matthew Brady studio make up the major portion of the collection, which also includes early architectural views by John Plumbe, several Philadelphia street scenes, early portraits by pioneering daguerreotypist Robert Cornelius, and copies of painted portraits.

The Daguerreotype Portraits and Views Web site features extensive information about the Library's collection, issues of preservation, the daguerreotype medium, a glossary, timeline, bibliography and more.

Daguerreotype Portraits and Views: 1839-1864, is a part of the American Memory Historical Collections, a major component of the National Digital Library Program at the Library of Congress -- multimedia collections of digitized documents, photographs, recorded sound, moving pictures, and text from the Library's Americana holdings.

Horace Greeley
Photographer: Matthew Brady's studio,
between 1844 and 1860
Library of Congress,
Prints & Photographs Division

President's House (i.e. White House)
photographer: John Plumbe, ca. 1846
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division

Unidentified woman
Photographer: Augustus Washington, between 1854 and 1860
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division


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