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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 840

Photographs of notable 19th-century men and women


Collection of photographs, cartes-de-visite, cabinet photographs, photographic postcards, copy prints, and photomechanical prints of notable 19th-century men and women.


  • Creation: 1874-1912

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


1 linear feet (3 boxes)

Collection consists of portraits of notable 19th-century men and women depicted primarily in cartes-de-visite (card photographs) and cabinet photographs. There are also photographs, photomechanical prints, copy prints and one photographic postcard. The bulk of the collection is from the 19th-century with a few items from the 20th cenutry, many photographs are undated. The largest number of items are from photographic studios in the United States, England, and France but also include Germany, Austria, Italy, Portugal, and Ireland. Some notable people include Charles Dickens, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Florence Nightingale and many others.


Arranged alphabetically by name of subject of image.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2010MT-11. Gift of Thomas Garrett; received: 2010 October 9.

Forms part of the Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Theater, Dance and Music (Harvard Theatre Collection).

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Alison Harris

Photographs of notable 19th-century men and women, 1874-1912: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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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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