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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 2331

William B. Osgood Field portrait collection


Portraits, primarily engravings, of famous individuals of the United States, Great Britain, France, and other countries.


  • 1600-1900

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


1.5 linear feet (3 boxes)

This collection contains primarily engravings , but also includes a few colored engravings, stipple engravings, lithographs, chromolithographs, engraver's proofs, caricatures, photographs, mezzotints, etchings, and carte-de-visite photographs.


Arranged by name of subject of portrait.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*42M- various. Gift of William B. Osgood Field, Lake Mohegan, Westfield, New York; received: 1942.

NOTE: In October 2003 this finding aid was produced and many, but not all, of the uncataloged portrait-print 1942 accessions from the William B. Osgood Field collection were included. Specific accession number information is given with the item entry.

Field, William B. Osgood, collector. William B. Osgood Field portrait collection, ca. 1600-1900: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

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