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COLLECTION — Volume: 1 Identifier: MS Thr 2019

Photographic sample cards of actresses and actors by Mora


Sheets of sample cabinet photographs of 19th century actors and actresses.


  • circa 1870-1887


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.04 linear feet (1 volume)
Three 9-inch by 14-inch cards with a total of 468 photographs on six sides, arranged on each side in a grid of nine by seven or nine by nine, probably samples of cabinet cards. Several sides show the name of the actor or actress portrayed as well as sequential numbering of the images.

Biographical / Historical

Jose Maria Mora was born in Cuba. He was studying painting in Paris when the Cuban uprising of 1868 forced the exodus of his family to New York City. He left his studies, joined his family, and sought employment with the New York photographic studio, Sarony & Company. He opened his own studio at 707 Broadway, New York (N.Y.) in 1870, becoming a master at portraying celebrities and supplying images for engraving. Mora's health declined in the late 1880s, and he had shuttered his business by 1893.


Collection is minimally processed.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2020MT-76. Purchased with funds from the Beatrice, Benjamin and Richard Bader Fund in the Visual Arts of the Theatre, 2019 November.

Processing Information

Accessioned by Melanie Wisner, 2020 January.
Link to catalog
Mora, 1849-1926. Photographic sample cards of actresses and actors by Mora, circa 1870-1887 (MS Thr 2019): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2020 January 2
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

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