"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Friday, October 21, 2011

Daguerreotypes at Harvard

1852 Tom Thumb, 1837-1883

by Charles Sherwood Stratton

Daguerreotypes at Harvard: Harvard University Library. Images are selected from Harvard University's libraries, archives, special collections, and museums to support teaching, learning, and research.

Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre first introduced the daguerreotype in 1839 in and it was the first publicly announced photographic process. Daguerreotypes are produced by treating a silver-coated copper plate with light-sensitive chemicals, exposing it in a camera, and developing it with a mercury vapor.

Harvard University has collected these unique documents for over 150 years, and this digital collection provides interested parties with access to some of these items.

Visitors can look at class photos of Harvard students, along with portraits of Henry James, Jenny Lind, and James McNeill Whistler. These portraits can be found in the "Portrait Sitters" area, along with those of Martin Van Buren and Horatio Alger.

The site also contains links to a complete directory of photographs at Harvard and a detailed research guide. [KMG]

Visit Daguerreotypes at Harvard

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