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Collection Number: P0008

Collection Title: Daguerreotype Collection, circa 1839-1860

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Image from the collection

Daguerreotype depicting Mr. Hand James seated for portrait P0008/0014, in the Daguerreotype Collection (P0008), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Size 13 encased and 1 framed daguerreotypes (3 linear feet in 3 boxes)
Abstract Daguerreotypes were in production from the late 1830s into the early 1860s. This photographic format is considered to be the first method that resulted in images that could be made widely available to the public due to the relative simplicity of the process and high quality of the images produced. The resulting images were typically encased and brought photography into the general public marketplace. The Daguerreotype Collection contains 14 images taken of individuals and couples seated or standing for portraits, circa 1839-1860. Individuals appearing in the images have been identified whenever possible. Known individuals are listed as subject access points. All of the images in this collection are encased with the exception of one framed item. Included are images of John Calvin McNair, who endowed a lecture series on science and religion at the University of North Carolina and an image of a painting of Richard Bennehan of the Cameron family of Orange County, N.C.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
The items in this collection are extremely fragile due to their age, the materials used to make them, and the fact that they are all unique originals. Daguerreotypes have no equivalent of a negative and cannot be physically reproduced. Researchers may be presented with a digital copy instead of original materials if the Photographic Archivist has determined the original should not be handled.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Materials in public domain.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], Daguerreotype Collection (P0008), year image was made [when known], North Carolina Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Library.
Acquisitions Information
The items in this collection came to the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives from the Southern Historical Collection (#4090) and a number of different and unrelated sources.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The following terms from Library of Congress Subject Headings suggest topics, persons, geography, etc. interspersed through the entire collection; the terms do not usually represent discrete and easily identifiable portions of the collection--such as folders or items.

Clicking on a subject heading below will take you into the University Library's online catalog.

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Daguerreotypes are considered to be the first photographic process that produced images that could be made widely available to the general public, due to the relative simplicity of the process and high quality of the images produced. The process was originally developed in France by Louis M. Daguerre in 1839 and was improved upon until the process was superseded by other simpler photographic processes that produced higher quality images (such as ambrotypes and tintypes). At the base of the daguerreotype is a silver-coated copper plate that has been coated with a light-sensitive iodine residue. The plate is then exposed to light via a camera and captures an image of what is in front of the camera. The image becomes visible after further processing. These types of images were typically encased in glass to protect them and to make the copper plates more decorative. This format was in use around the world from 1839 into the early 1860s.

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The Daguerreotype Collection contains 5 images taken of individuals and couples seated or standing for portraits, circa 1839-1860. Individuals appearing in the images have been identified whenever possible. Known individuals are listed as subject access points, as are identified locations. Included are images of John Calvin McNair, who endowed a lecture series on science and religion at the University of North Carolina and an image of a painting of Richard Bennehan of the Cameron family of Orange County, N.C. When the plates have been measured, their size is also listed. The materials came from various donors.

Daguerreotypes are typically described using the following terms:

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Daguerreotypes: From the Miscellaneous Pictures Collection, circa 1839-1860.

9 encased daguerreotypes.

Arrangement: Accession number.

Includes images of unidentified men and women seated for portraits.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0001

Unidentified woman and young girl (portrait), circa 1843 #P0008, Series: "1. Daguerreotypes: From the Miscellaneous Pictures Collection, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0001

1 encased image

1/6 plate; Accession number: 22494.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0002

Unidentified child (portrait), circa 1843 #P0008, Series: "1. Daguerreotypes: From the Miscellaneous Pictures Collection, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0002

1 encased image

1/6 plate; Accession number: 22495.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0003

Unidentified man (portrait), circa 1843 #P0008, Series: "1. Daguerreotypes: From the Miscellaneous Pictures Collection, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0003

1 encased image

1/6 plate; Accession number: 22496.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0004

Unidentified woman (portrait), circa 1843 #P0008, Series: "1. Daguerreotypes: From the Miscellaneous Pictures Collection, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0004

1 encased image

1/6 plate; Accession number: 22497.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0005

Unidentified woman (portrait), circa 1850 #P0008, Series: "1. Daguerreotypes: From the Miscellaneous Pictures Collection, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0005

1 encased image

1/6 plate; Accession number: 22498.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0006

Unidentified man (portrait), circa 1839-1860 #P0008, Series: "1. Daguerreotypes: From the Miscellaneous Pictures Collection, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0006

1 encased image

1/6 plate; Accession number: 22499.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0006

Unidentified man (portrait), circa 1843 #P0008, Series: "1. Daguerreotypes: From the Miscellaneous Pictures Collection, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0006

1 encased image

1/6 plate; Accession number: 22499.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0007

Unidentified man (portrait), circa 1843 #P0008, Series: "1. Daguerreotypes: From the Miscellaneous Pictures Collection, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0007

1 encased image

1/6 plate; Accession number: 22500.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0008

Unidentified woman (portrait), circa 1850 #P0008, Series: "1. Daguerreotypes: From the Miscellaneous Pictures Collection, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0008

1 encased image

1/6 plate; Accession number: 22501.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0009

Unidentified woman (portrait), circa 1850 #P0008, Series: "1. Daguerreotypes: From the Miscellaneous Pictures Collection, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0009

1 encased image

1/6 plate; Accession number: 22502.

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5 daguerreotypes (4 encased).

Arrangement: Accession number.

Includes images of Sara Jane Kollock, John Calvin McNair, James Hand, and an unidentified man and woman pictured together.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0010

Kollock, Sara Jane (portrait), circa 1855 #P0008, Series: "2. Daguerreotypes: From Various Donors, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0010

1 encased image

1/9 plate; Accession number: 3402.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0011

Nash, Mary (?) (portrait), circa 1855 #P0008, Series: "2. Daguerreotypes: From Various Donors, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0011

1 encased image

1/9 plate; Accession number: 3401. Originally labeled as Sara Jane Kollock, but is Mary Nash according to description found with original; written by Olivia Kollock.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0012

McNair, John Calvin (portrait), circa 1855 #P0008, Series: "2. Daguerreotypes: From Various Donors, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0012

1 encased image

Donated to University by Mrs. J.R. Boyd; Accession number: 4045.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0013

Unidentified man and woman (portrait), circa 1839-1860 #P0008, Series: "2. Daguerreotypes: From Various Donors, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0013

1 encased image

1/9 plate; Accession number: 31048.

Special Format Box 01

Special Format Image P0008/0014

James, Hand (portrait), circa 1839-1860 #P0008, Series: "2. Daguerreotypes: From Various Donors, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 01, Sfimage P0008/0014

1 encased image

Accession number: 31048. With copy print.

Special Format Box 03

Special Format Image P0008/0015

Richard Bennehan, circa 1844 #P0008, Series: "2. Daguerreotypes: From Various Donors, circa 1839-1860." Sfbox 03, Sfimage P0008/0015

1 framed image

This image was taken of a painted portrait owned by Mrs. John Labouisse of Richard Bennehan (1747-1825), a founder of the library at the University of North Carolina.

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Processing Information

Processed by: North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, 1997 and Patrick Cullom, 2011

Encoded by: Patrick Cullom, January 2011

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