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COLLECTION Identifier: TCS 38

Harvard Theatre Collection daguerreotypes

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


  • 1830-1860

Conditions Governing Access

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


9 linear feet (24 boxes, 2 cartons, oversize in 1 portfolio drawer)

Biographical / Historical

Daguerreotypes are photographs made by a process which produces a direct positive image on a silver-coated copper plate. They are often mounted in special cases lined with red velvet or leather. They are named for Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre of France, who invented the technique in collaboration with Nicéphore Niépce in the 1830s. The process lost popularity in the 1860s when the ambrotype photograph gained use. Daguerreotypes can be a variety of sizes.


Arranged in alphabetical order by name of subject of image.

Physical Location

b, pf

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Various sources, various dates.

Processing Information

Processed by Diana Myers, 2018.
Link to catalog
Harvard Theatre Collection daguerreotypes, 1830-1860 (TCS 38): Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard University.
October 17, 2018
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

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.

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