The Daguerreian Society

A Survey of Daguerreian Literature:

II. The American Daguerreotype

Berman, Elizabeth. Solomon Nunes Carvalho: Painter, Photographer, and Prophet in Nineteenth Century America. (Baltimore: Jewish Historical Society of Maryland, 1989.) Includes essays by Janet Headley, Bernard Fishman, Ross Kelbaugh on Carvalho's gallery, Joan Sturhahn on Carvalho's lost daguerreotypes, and Berman.

Bogardus, Abraham. "The Lost Art of the Daguerreotype." The Century Magazine 68, #1 (May 1904), pp. 83-91. Important article with interesting reproductions.

Bott, Rita Ellen. "Charles R. Meade and his Daguerre Pictures." History of Photography 8, #1 (January 1984), pp. 33-40.

Burns, Stanley. Sleeping Beauty: Memorial Photography in America. (Altadena, CA: Twelvetrees Press, 1990.) Over half the illustrations are of daguerreotypes, all finely reproduced in color, with a commentary on each, and a chronology of death in America from 1630 to the present.

Calmenson, Wendy. "'Likenesses Taken in the Most Approved Style': William Shew, Pioneer Daguerreotypist." California Historical Quarterly 56, #1 (Spring 1977), pp. 2-19.

Carvalho, Solomon. Incidents of Travel and Adventure in the Far West. (New York: Derby & Jackson, 1857.) Account of Fremont's 1853 expedition by its daguerreotypist.

Circuit Court of the United States, Massachusetts District. In Equity. Simon Wing, Complainant, vs. Charles F. Richardson, Respondent. (Boston: Alfred Mudge & Son, 1864.) There are two volumes to this highly important work, the second of which has the same title but also the words Additional Testimony. The case involved Southworth's patent battle over a device for taking more than one image on a plate; a great many daguerreotypists give testimony which includes information on their backgrounds as well as the workings of the various studios, especially Southworth and Hawes'.

Cobb, Josephine. "Mathew B. Brady's Photographic Gallery in Washington." Reprint from Columbia Historical Society Records (Washington, D.C.), Vol. 5356. A forty page address containing much valuable information, though not primarily about daguerreotypes.

Cohn, Marjorie. "Francis Calley Gray and an Early Boston Daguerreotype." History of Photography 9, #2 (April-June 1985), pp. 155-157. Discussion and reproduction of a daguerreotype of The Old Feather Store made prior to 30 April 1840, thereby possibly pre-dating Bemis' King's Chapel Burying Ground of 19 April 1840.

Davis, Mrs. D.T. "The Daguerreotype in America. McClure's Magazine 8, #12 (November 1896), pp. 2-16. Important article for the early history of the process in the U.S., as well as interesting information on Josiah Hawes and his revivalist daguerreotypes of the 1890s.

Davis, Lynn. Na Pa'i Ki'i: The Photographers in the Hawaiian Islands, 1845-1900. (Honolulu: Bishop Museum Press, 1980.) Good essay on "The Daguerreotype Mania" and reproductions of eight daguerreotypes, including a remarkably beautiful whole plate of Wailuku River by Strangewald and Goodfellow.

Field, Richard, and Robin Jaffee Frank. American Daguerreotypes from the Matthew R. Isenburg Collection. (New Haven: Yale Univ. Art Gallery, 1989.) One of the great books on the daguerreotype with page after page of major historical and aesthetic treasures; excellent notes by Field and Frank and fine essays by Isenburg and Alan Trachtenberg; a must in all libraries.

Finkel, Kenneth. Nineteenth Century Photography in Philadelphia. (New York: Dover, 1980.) Includes quite a few fine daguerreotypes. Gilbert, George. Photography: The Early Years. (New York: Harper & Row, 1980.) Includes chapter on the daguerreotype with illustrations of daguerreian equipment and some fine Plumbe images.

Hales, Peter. Silver Cities: The Photography of American Urbanization, 1839-1915. (Philadelphia: Temple Univ. Press, 1984.) Reproduces many fine daguerreotypes, including two in panorama format.

Heyman, Therese Thau. Mirror of California. (Oakland: Oakland Museum, 1973.) Includes reproductions of some wonderful Western daguerreotypes.

Horan, James. Mathew Brady: Historian with a Camera. (New York: Crown, 1955.) Reproduces quite a few Brady daguerreotypes.

Hill, Levi. A Treatise on Heliochromy, ed. Wm. B. Becker. (State College, PA: Carnation Press, 1971.) Reprint of the famous and controversial book on color daguerreotypy. (See Boudreau under "Contemporary Daguerreotype".)

Humphrey, S.D. American Hand Book of the Daguerreotype. (New York: Humphrey, 1858.) A classic manual for the making of daguerreotypes.

Johnson, Brooks. The Portrait in America. (Norfolk: Chrysler Museum, 1990.) Seventeen fine color reproductions of daguerreotypes, including self-portrait of Luther Boswell with wife.

Kelbaugh, Ross. "Dawn of the Daguerrean Era in Baltimore, 1839-1849." Maryland Historical Magazine 84 (Summer 1989), pp. 101-118. Excellent well documented article with several reproductions.

Kelbaugh, Ross. Directory of Baltimore Daguerreotypists. (Baltimore: Historic Graphics, 1989.) A well researched, well-done forty-three page listing with much interesting information on many of the daguerreotypists.

Lehr, Janet. Daguerreotypes. (New York: Janet Lehr, Inc., 1987.) Excellent illustrated dealer's catalogue with good notes including a stereo Langenheim daguerreotype, a beautiful ship, a wonderful von Schneidnau of the Chicago Flood of 1849, etc.

Library of Congress. Image of America: Early Photography, 1839-1900. (Washington: Library of Congress, 1957.) Exhibition checklist of 348 images from the collection; catalogue of same name issued with forty-six illustrations and essay by Beaumont Newhall.

Meredith, Roy. Mr. Lincoln's Camera Man: Mathew B. Brady. (New York: Dover, 1974.) Reproduces a few Brady daguerreotypes.

Moore, Charles LeRoy. Two Partners in Boston: The Careers and Daguerreian Artistry of Albert Southworth and Josiah Hawes. (Ann Arbor: University Microfilms, 1975.) The best existing work on S & H, with many illustrations but in Xerox.

Newhall, Beaumont. The Daguerreotype in America. (New York: Dover, 1976.) One of the great standard works and with over one hundred illustrations.

Palmquist, Peter. "The Daguerreotype in San Francisco." History of Photography 4, #3 (July 1980), pp. 207-238. A major essay with many illustrations.

Parke-Bernet Galleries. Rare Photographic Images, Apparatus & Literature: The Collection of Sidney Strober. Sale #68 (February 7, 1970). An important catalogue of a famous sale with some fine daguerreotypes reproduced and an introduction by Josephine Cobb.

Pfister, Harold. Facing the Light: Historic American Portrait Daguerreotypes. (Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1978.) An important and classic work that should be in all libraries.

Pierce, Sally. Whipple and Black: Commercial Photographers in Boston. (Boston: Boston Athenaeum, 1987.) A fine study of their work with several daguerreotypes reproduced.

Rinhart, Floyd & Marion. American Daguerreian Art. (New York: Clarkson Potter, 1967.) Includes some daguerreotypes not in The American Daguerreotype.

Rinhart, Floyd & Marion. The American Daguerreotype. (Athens: Univ. of Georgia Press, 1981.) Another of the standards in the field and with an extremely useful listing of many of the known daguerreotypists.

Rinhart, Floyd & Marion. A Reference Guide to the Floyd and Marion Rinhart Collection of Daguerreian Art and Other Rare Photographic Images. n.p.: F.& M. Rinhart, 1972. A detailed catalogue of the collection now housed at Ohio State Univ.

Rinhart, Floyd & Marion. "Wolcott and Johnson; their camera and their photography." History of Photography 1, #2 (April 1977), pp. 129-134. On the work of Wolcott and Johnson and the discovery of an original camera.

Root, Marcus. The Camera and the Pencil. (Pawlet, VT: Helios, 1971.) Reprint of the 1864 ed., an important work for understanding the 19th century photographic aesthetic.

Rudisill, Richard. Mirror Image: The Influence of the Daguerreotype on American Society. (Albuquerque: Univ. of New Mexico Press, 1971.) A model of scholarly research with invaluable annotated bibliography of 159 items (only seven of which appear in this survey), many reproductions; a must for all libraries.

Sandweiss, Martha, Rick Stewart, and Ben Huseman. Eyewitness to War: Prints and Daguerreotypes of the Mexican War, 1846-1848. (Fort Worth & Washington: Amon Carter & Smithsonian, 1989.) A major scholarly study with many reproductions.

Smith, Margaret, and Mary Tucker. Photography in New Orleans: The Early Years, 1840-1865. (Baton Rouge: LSU Press, 1982.) Reproduces several daguerreotypes and discusses the New Orleans operators.

Snelling, H.H. A Dictionary of the Photographic Art and E. Anthony, A Comprehensive and Systematic Catalogue of Photographic Apparatus and Material, Manufactured, Imported and Sold by E. Anthony. (New York: Arno, 1979.) Two very important 1854 reprints in a single volume, an excellent technical dictionary and a sales list of daguerreian and photographic materials.

Sobieszek, Robert, and Odette Appell with the research of Charles Moore. The Daguerreotypes of Southworth and Hawes. (New York: Dover, 1980.) A revised reprint of the more finely printed Spirit of Fact (Boston: Godine, 1976). The illustrations are wonderful, but Moore's own book is a better source of information.

Southworth, Albert. "An Address to the National Photographic Association of the U.S." Philadelphia Photographer 8 (October 1871), pp. 315-323. An important historical and aesthetic statement by one of the masters of the art.

Stapp, William, Marion Carson, and M. Susan Barger. Robert Cornelius: Portraits from the Dawn of Photography. (Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1983.) An important historical and scientific study of Cornelius' work with excellent reproductions of his images.

Taft, Robert. Photography and the American Scene. (New York: Dover, 1964.) A reprint of the classic 1938 work, a major study that should be in all libraries.

Taylor, Maureen. "'Nature Caught in the Twinkling of an Eye': The Daguerreotype in Providence." Rhode Island History 42, #4 (November 1983), pp. 110-121. Fine article with good reproductions and list of Providence daguerreotypists.

Weinstein, Robert. "Das Bild der Indianer in der Photographie, 1840-1880." Du, #444 (February 1978), pp. 58-72. Nineteen illustrations including images by Easterly.

Welch, Richard. Sun Pictures in Kalamazoo: A History of Daguerreotype Photography in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, 1839-1860. (Kalamazoo, 1974.) Thirty-two page illustrated regional history.

Welling, William. Photography in America: The Formative Years, 1839-1900. (New York: Crowell, 1978.) A year by year history with much valuable information and many illustrations.

Whiteley, George S., IV. A Lasting Impression. The Daguerreotype in America. (Atlanta: High Museum, 1989.) Exhibition catalogue with fine essay and eighteen reproductions including a beautiful atypical Niagara Falls in winter, a sleeping cat, and an extraordinary example of a magic background vignetted daguerreotype.

Williams, Jon. "Daguerreotypists, Ambrotypists an Photographers in Wilmington, Delaware, 1842-1859 Delaware History 18, #3 (Spring-Summer 1979), pp. 180-193. Includes census of twenty-four photographers.

Wilson, Bonnie. "Working the Light: Nineteenth-Century Professional Photographers in Minnesota." Minnesota History 52, #2 (Summer 1990), pp. 42-60. Includes information on daguerreotypists Sarah Judd, John Monell, Talmadge Elwell, Olive Goodwin, and Joel Whitney.

Wood, John, ed. America and the Daguerreotype. (Iowa City: Univ. of Iowa Press, 1991.) Over one hundred important and previously unpublished daguerreotypes presenting the social life of the U.S. from 1840-1860, with essays by John Graf, Brooks Johnson, Dolores Kilgo, Peter Palmquist, David Stannard, John Stilgoe, Jeanne Verhulst, and John Wood; also treats the contemporary daguerreotype.

Wood, R. Derek. The Arrival of the Daguerreotype in New York (New York: The American Photographic Historical Society, 1994) A well-documented study of Gouraud, Seager, and the introduction of the daguerreotype into America.

Wright, Bonnie. "'This Perpetual Shadow-Taking': The Lively Art of John Fitzgibbon." Missouri Historical Review 76 (October 1981), pp. 22-30.


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