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COLLECTION Identifier: TCS 39

Harvard Theatre Collection ambrotypes

This series includes a wide variety of photographs of theatrical subjects, in the format of ambrotypes. Primarily portraits of individuals and group portraits, but can include other images.

Dates

  • 1850-1870

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Extent

3 linear feet (6 boxes)

Biographical / Historical

Ambrotypes are photographs produced by mounting a negative (made by a variant of the wet collodion process) that is on glass with a dark backing, which makes the image appear as a positive. Came into wide use in the United States in the early 1850s. By the mid-1860s the ambrotype was supplanted by the tintype and other processes. Ambroytpes were often hand-colored and kept in cases.

Arrangement

Arranged in alphabetical order by name of subject of image.

Physical Location

b

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Various sources, various dates.

Processing Information

Processed by Diana Myers, 2018.
Link to catalog
Title
Harvard Theatre Collection ambrotypes, 1850-1870 (TCS 39): Guide.
Status
completed
Author
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Date
October 1, 2018
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
EAD ID
hou03023

Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

Contact:
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