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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1118.15

Louise B. Graves collection of reproductions of the Emily Dickinson daguerreotype


Photographs and negatives of, and letters concerning, the various stages of the retouching of reproductions of the Emily Dickinson daguerreotype portrait.


  • Creation: 1897 and 1978

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.3 linear feet (1 box)

The original daguerreotype portrait of Emily Dickinson (taken circa 1847) is now owned by the Amherst College Library. Reproductions of this image were retouched by Laura Coombs Hills, circa 1897. The photographs and negatives in this collection depict the various stages of the retouching. Also includes letters concerning the portrait.

Biographical / Historical

Emily Dickinson was an American poet.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

99M-3. MS Am 1118.15 (1) Gift of Amherst College Library, 1978 Mar. 31.

46M-286; 46M-287; 46M-288; 46M-289; and 46M-291. Gift of Miss Louise B. Graves, 56 River Street, Boston, Mass.; received: 1947 May 12.

Related Materials

See also: MS Am 1118.99b (23) for additional material concerning the retouching of the ED daguerreotype image; and also the Curatorial file for additional comment on this collection of images.

Processing Information

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Graves, Louise B., collector. Louise B. Graves collection of reproductions of the Emily Dickinson daguerreotype, circa 1897 and 1978: Guide.
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