The graphic arts department holds a diverse collection of American photography ranging in date from the 1830s to the 1920s. The collection is primarily organized by process such as daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and cartes-de-visites. In addition, the Society's collection of photo albums is fully cataloged online in the General Catalog.

Collection description Sample image Scope
Ambrotypes Ambrotype

Approximately 150 depictions of people and places. A fully illustrated collection inventory is available.

Cartes-de-visite Carte-de-visite example

About 5,000 photographs from the 1850s through the 1870s, with the majority dating from the 1860s.

Daguerreotypes Daguerreotypes.

Nearly 230 daguerreotypes. A fully illustrated collection inventory is available.

Family Photographs Photograph of boy from family photographs

Collections of photographs assembled by families.

Photographs of Actors and Performers The Foy Sisters

Cabinet cards of actors and performers includes portraits of opera singers, actors, psychics, and musicians. A collection inventory is available.

Photographs of Native Americans Portrait of Birdchief

Over 200 images of individuals from thirty-nine tribes in several different formats, including stereographs, cabinet cards, and cartes-de-visite.

Photographs of Sculpture on American Gravestones Photographs of gravestones

Over 10,000 photographs of American gravestones.

Photographs of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Structures in Massachusetts taken 1887-1945 by Harriette Merrifield Forbes Forbes photgraph

853 negatives of seventeenth and eighteenth century structures throughout central and eastern Massachusetts photographed from 1887 to 1945 by Forbes.

Photographs of the New England Fair by B.T. Hill

Glass plate negatives taken by Benjamin Thomas Hill (1863-1927) at the Worcester County Agricultural Society's fairgrounds in the early decades of the 20th century.

Photographs of Tuskegee Institute Photograph of Booker Washington and his family

Fifty-six photographs depicting life in and around Tuskegee Institute, in Tuskegee, Alabama, ca. 1890-1915. A fully illustrated inventory is available.

Stereographs Stereograph card

Fifty to sixty thousand stereograph cards.

Theodor Clemens Wohlbrück Photographs collection photograph

Several hundred glass plate negatives from Wohlbrück's studio, including images of the people and streets of Worcester, Mass.

Tintypes tintype example

Over 200 tintypes. A fully illustrated collection inventory is available.

Worcester Portrait Photographs Worcester family in their home with pet dog

Over 1,200 images of prominent citizens of the city of Worcester, Mass.

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