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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1118.99b

Dickinson family photographs


Images of the poet Emily Dickinson's family and friends, family homes, gravesites, and other Dickinson-associated places.


  • Creation: 1840-1940

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3 linear feet (5 boxes, 1 portfolio box)

Photographs include the following formats: ambrotype, cabinet photographs, cartes-de-visite, daguerreotypes, group portraits, portraits, photograph on milk glass, proofs, tintypes, and others.

Other materials include: clippings, drawings, engraving plate, engravings, lithographs, notes, and postcards.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Individuals and groups
  2. II. Places

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Thomas Wentworth Higginson portrait cabinet photograph bequest of Evert Jansen Wendell, 1918.

45M-425 (6) and (7): (6) Emily Dickinson photographs of daguerreotype ca. 1847; and (7) John L. Graves photograph purchased with funds from the Morris Gray Fund, 1946 April 13.

46M-290: Gift of Miss Louise B. Graves, 1947 May 12.

98M-69: The bulk of the Dickinson papers (including these photographs), formerly in the possession of Martha Dickinson Bianchi and A.L. Hampson, was given by Gilbert H. Montague,1950.

51Z-1: John Long Graves daguerreotype gift of Louise B. Graves, 1951 July. 26.

The Homestead photograph [no. (83), item 5 below] gift of Mrs. George E. Pearl, 1955.

The Newman family ambrotype, 52Z-1, was the gift of Mrs. George E. Pearl, 1950.

Related Materials

The reader should note that there are additional Dickinson associated visual materials held by the Houghton Library but cataloged under different call numbers. Please consult HOLLIS for the complete listings. As of the date of the compilation of this finding aid, some notable additional materials are:

  1. Bullard, O.A. The Dickinson children. Painting, 1840. Dickinson collection group portrait.
  2. Bullard, O.A. Edward Dickinson. Painting, 1840. Dickinson collection portrait.
  3. Bullard, O.A. Emily Norcross Dickinson. Painting, 1840. Dickinson collection portrait.
  4. The Dickinson family. Silhouette, 1848. (MS Am 1118.14)
  5. Graves, Louise B., collector. Reproductions of the Emily Dickinson daguerreotype. (bMS Am 1118.15)
  6. Lathrop, Clara W. Sue Dickinson. Pastel drawing, 1897. (MS Am 1118.9)

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Dickinson family. Dickinson family photographs, circa 1840-1940: Guide.
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