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Frontispiece [Fox, Burke, and North, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing right, in oval]

Frontispiece [Fox, Burke, and North, head-and-shoulders portrait, faci...

Title from item. Illus. in: The beauties of Fox, North, and Burke, selected from their speeches, from the passing of the Quebec act, in the year 1774, down to the present time ... / Charles James Fox. London : ... more

[Congress voting the Declaration of Independence]

[Congress voting the Declaration of Independence]

Print shows men gathered in the Assembly Room in the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall), Philadelphia. Completed figures include John Adams, Roger Sherman, James Wilson and Thomas Jefferson... more

[Mrs. John Tyler, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]

[Mrs. John Tyler, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing left]

Title devised by Library staff. Photo of portrait.

[Joseph Jenkins Roberts, head-and-shoulders portrait, slightly to right]

[Joseph Jenkins Roberts, head-and-shoulders portrait, slightly to righ...

President of Liberia. Was part of LOT 8554. Case: central diamond surrounded by leaves. Stamped on brass mat: McCartey. Transfer; Manuscript Division. Forms part of: American Colonization Society Records, 1792-... more

[Henry Grinnell, head-and-shoulders portrait, profile to the left]

[Henry Grinnell, head-and-shoulders portrait, profile to the left]

Merchant; backer of polar expeditions; first President of the American Geographical Society.

[Henry Clay, three-quarter length portrait, three-quarters to the left, facing front, seated, holding cane, tall hat on table with tablecloth]

[Henry Clay, three-quarter length portrait, three-quarters to the left...

Republican Senator from Kentucky, 1806-1807, 1810-1811; Congressman, 1811-1814, 1815-1821, 1823-1825; U.S. Secretary of State, 1825-1829; Whig Senator, 1831-1842, 1849-1852; Democratic Republican candidate for ... more

[Edward John Phelps, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the right, arms folded]

[Edward John Phelps, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the right...

Lawyer; Second Comptroller of the Treasury, 1851-1853; U.S. Minister to Great Britain; President of the American Bar Association, 1880; Professor of law at Yale University. Alternative identification: E.J. Phil... more

[James Buchanan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

[James Buchanan, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

U.S. President. Possibly a copy daguerreotype. Transfer; U.S. War College; 1920; (DLC/PP-1920:46153). Forms part of: Daguerreotype collection (Library of Congress). Produced by Mathew Brady's studio.

[Charles Edwin West, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

[Charles Edwin West, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front]

President of Rutger's College. Scratched on face of plate: 4; West. Scratched on back of plate: 168; West, Rutgers Ins. NY. Transfer; U.S. War College; 1920. (DLC/PP-1920:46153). Forms part of: Daguerreotype co... more

[Francis Lister Hawks, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the right, eyes front]

[Francis Lister Hawks, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the rig...

Reverend, Protestant Episcopal clergyman, church historian, first president of the University of Louisiana. Alternative identifications: Rev. Hawkes (cat. 5); Thomas Ewing. Scratched on back of plate: 167; Rev.... more

[John Van Buren, half-length portrait, three-quarters to left]

[John Van Buren, half-length portrait, three-quarters to left]

Democratic congressman from New York, 1841-1843; son of President Martin Van Buren. Scratched on back of plate: 75; 133. Hallmark: [asterisk] Transfer; U.S. War College; 1920. (DLC/PP-1920:46153). Forms part of... more

[Rufus Blakeman, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the right, facing front, hands folded in lap]

[Rufus Blakeman, half-length portrait, three-quarters to the right, fa...

Doctor and president of Fairfield County Medical Association, Greenfield, Connecticut. Identification from reproduction of photograph in New England Medical Monthly, May 1892, opposite page 374. Scratched on fa... more

[James Buchanan, bust portrait, facing right]

[James Buchanan, bust portrait, facing right]

Title devised by Library staff.

The "White House" view in Washington.

The "White House" view in Washington.

Engraving showing a busy street filled with pedestrians and carriages in front of the Willard's City Hotel; the White House positioned on left side of hotel. On verso: Willard's City Hotel. Engraving in LOT 438... more

[President James K. Polk, half-length portrait, seated, facing right]

[President James K. Polk, half-length portrait, seated, facing right]

Brady-Handy Collection (Library of Congress). Reproduction of a daguerreotype taken between 1845 and 1849. LC-BH82-8.

[President Franklin Pierce, three-quarter length portrait, seated, facing right, with left hand inside vest]

[President Franklin Pierce, three-quarter length portrait, seated, fac...

Brady-Handy Collection (Library of Congress). LC-BH82-5118.

White House (South front, or rear).

White House (South front, or rear).

Photograph shows White House with attached conservatory. Title from item. Blind stamp on mount: Reynolds's Bristolboard. Attributed to Walker based on date, subject matter, and size of print. Purchase; 1984; (D... more

President's stables (White House in the background).

President's stables (White House in the background).

Photograph shows two men and a horse at stables adjacent to White House. Title from item. Blind stamp on mount: Reynolds's Bristolboard. Attributed to Walker based on date, subject matter, and size of print. Pu... more

White House, S. front

White House, S. front

Photograph shows view to northwest showing west side and south porch. In album: Benjamin Brown French "Photographs," p. 133. Title from item. Reference copy in LOT 12251, v. 2, White House.

A Presidential reception at the White House, Washington

A Presidential reception at the White House, Washington

Illus. in: Harper's weekly, 1858 March 13, p. 168.

[Two unidentified soldiers of the Richmond Light Infantry Blues, later assigned to Co. A, 46th Virginia Infantry Regiment, in uniform]

[Two unidentified soldiers of the Richmond Light Infantry Blues, later...

Title devised by Library staff. Case: Berg, no. 1-39. Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2014; (DLC/PP 2014:202) More information about this collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.lilj Purchased from: Ann... more

Union / painted by T.H. Matteson ; engraved by H.S. Sadd.

Union / painted by T.H. Matteson ; engraved by H.S. Sadd.

Print showing original image from 1852 with Henry Clay, sitting to the left of center, John Calhoun, and Daniel Webster standing at center, except that the plate has been reworked so that Abraham Lincoln (with ... more

Washington, D. C. Washington Navy Yard. First Japanese treaty commission to the U. S., 1860

Washington, D. C. Washington Navy Yard. First Japanese treaty commissi...

Photograph shows Japanese samurai warriors posed with Navy and American representatives. No. 83705. Photo identified in Frank Leslie's vol. 10, June 9, 1860; photo identified in 77 Samurai by Lewis W. Bush, pp.... more

House of Representatives, XXXVI Congress, U.S., 1860 / M. B. Brady.

House of Representatives, XXXVI Congress, U.S., 1860 / M. B. Brady.

Composite photograph showing Representatives of the 36th Congress. Title from item. Key to portraits is available in LOT 11507. Gift of; Mrs. J. H. Flannery; (DLC/PP-1972:277).

[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president, half-length portrait, looking right, May 20,1860]

[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president, half-length portrait, ...

Photo shows presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, two days after he won his party's nomination. (Source: Ostendorf, p. 42-3.) Title devised by Library staff Previously attributed to W... more

[Unidentified group of three men, full-length portrait, two seated, one standing in the background, facing front]

[Unidentified group of three men, full-length portrait, two seated, on...

On verso: J.W. Hurn, 1319 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. In album: [U.S. army officers and other persons of the Civil War period / John White Geary, comp. 1861-1865], no. 101, surrogate p. 26 (upper left). Surr... more

Abraham Lincoln and his son Thad

Abraham Lincoln and his son Thad

Abraham Lincoln and his son Thad looking at album.

[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president, half-length portrait, looking left, May 20,1860]

[Abraham Lincoln, candidate for U.S. president, half-length portrait, ...

Photo shows presidential candidate Abraham Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, two days after he won his party's nomination. (Source: Ostendorf, p. 42.) The Library's print is a copy of an ambrotype. As a result,... more

Abigail Smith Adams wife of John Adams / photo of portrait by Gilbert Stuart.

Abigail Smith Adams wife of John Adams / photo of portrait by Gilbert ...

Photograph showing Mrs. John Adams, head and shoulder portrait, facing right. Title from item. Photo of portrait by Gilbert Stuart; portrait at National Gallery. Photo by Chester A. Lawrence, Dorchester, Mass.,... more

[Gen'l. John W. Geary and staff - taken at Harper's Ferry]

[Gen'l. John W. Geary and staff - taken at Harper's Ferry]

Among the staff, the third man from left, holding a sword, has been identified as Captain Thomas Hollingsworth Elliot (Source: L. C. Wagner, 2007). The third man from the right is James Gillette (Source: Amy Jo... more

[President John Tyler, half-length portrait, facing right]

[President John Tyler, half-length portrait, facing right]

Reproduction of a print(?). Brady-Handy Collection (Library of Congress). LC-BH824-5391.

Key to House of Representatives, XXXVI Congress, U.S., 1860

Key to House of Representatives, XXXVI Congress, U.S., 1860

Composite photograph with list of names identifying Representatives of the 36th Congress. Title from item. Original photo in PH - Brady (M.), no. 6 (C size). "Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 18... more

Officers of Company B

Officers of Company B

No. B1010. Title from item. Mounted with five other photographs with general caption: 22nd New York State Militia. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Fairfax Seminary, near Alexandria, Va.

Fairfax Seminary, near Alexandria, Va.

Photograph shows a group of soldiers in front of a building on the grounds of the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia. Title from item. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Fort Gaines - officers of 55th New York Infantry

Fort Gaines - officers of 55th New York Infantry

No. B550. Title from item. See also: LOT 4166-H, no. 4. Hand written on verso: "Miller, vol. 1, p. 69". Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

7th New York Cavalry-- Gen. I. N. Palmer & staff in foreground-- camp near Washington, D. C.

7th New York Cavalry-- Gen. I. N. Palmer & staff in foreground-- camp ...

Photograph shows General Palmer and staff in the foreground, and military band, soldiers, and cavalry in the background.

2d Rhode Island infantry

2d Rhode Island infantry

No. 809. Title from item. Mounted with five other photographs. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Officers of 170th New York Inf'y [i.e. Infantry]

Officers of 170th New York Inf'y [i.e. Infantry]

No. B282. Title from item. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

[Group of officers lined up in front of the tents]

[Group of officers lined up in front of the tents]

Title devised by library staff. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

White House Landing, Pamunkey River, Va.

White House Landing, Pamunkey River, Va.

No. B454. Title from item. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

[Private Reggie T. Wingfield and Private Hamden T. Flay in Confederate uniforms]

[Private Reggie T. Wingfield and Private Hamden T. Flay in Confederate...

Photograph shows two identified Confederate soldiers. Title devised by Library staff. Case: Berg, no. 2-49. Identity of soldiers from dealer. Unable to confirm names in American Civil War database. Gift; Tom Li... more

119th Pennsylvania Infantry

119th Pennsylvania Infantry

No. B334. Title from item. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

2d Rhode Island Infantry

2d Rhode Island Infantry

No. 1048. Title from item. Mounted with five other photographs. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

7th New York State Militia, Camp Cameron, D.C., 1861

7th New York State Militia, Camp Cameron, D.C., 1861

No. B952. Title from item. Mounted with five other photographs. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

Co. B, 30th Pennsylvania Infantry

Co. B, 30th Pennsylvania Infantry

No. B459. Title from item. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

2d Rhode Island Infantry

2d Rhode Island Infantry

No. 1036. Title from item. Mounted with five other photographs. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

[Pvt. Frank A. Remington and two other Union soldiers, full-length portrait, facing front]

[Pvt. Frank A. Remington and two other Union soldiers, full-length por...

Written on negative sleeve: Each carries M/1860 Colt Army revolver and M/1840 or M/1860 cavalry saber. Title devised by Library staff. Copy photo made by LC in 1961 from an ambrotype belonging to Mr. Marius Péladeau.

Co. D, 6th Vermont Infantry - Camp Griffin, Va.

Co. D, 6th Vermont Infantry - Camp Griffin, Va.

No. 4120. Title from item. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

7th New York State Militia, Camp Cameron, D.C., 1861

7th New York State Militia, Camp Cameron, D.C., 1861

No. B956. Title from item. Mounted with four other photographs. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

[Two unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms holding muskets]

[Two unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms holding muskets]

Title devised by Library staff. Case: leather, flowers surrounded by scroll motif. Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2011; (DLC/PP-2012:127). More information about this collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.p... more

[Two unidentified soldiers in Union cavalry uniforms with Sharps rifles and Colt revolvers]

[Two unidentified soldiers in Union cavalry uniforms with Sharps rifle...

Title devised by Library staff. Frame: Berg, no. 7-22. Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2012; (DLC/PP-2012:127). More information about this collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.lilj Purchased from: L... more

[Two unidentified soldiers in Union privates' uniforms in front of painted backdrop]

[Two unidentified soldiers in Union privates' uniforms in front of pai...

Photograph shows two soldiers, one with a lazy eye. Title devised by Library staff. Case: Leather; geometric design. Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2012; (DLC/PP-2012:127). More information about this collection is ava... more

[Five unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms]

[Five unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms]

Title devised by Library staff. Case: Berg, no. 2-2. Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2012; (DLC/PP-2012:127). More information about this collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.lilj Purchased from: Sou... more

[Two unidentified soldiers and others at the front steps of a house]

[Two unidentified soldiers and others at the front steps of a house]

Photograph shows two soldiers, two women, three girls, and an African American boy wearing an apron posing on or next to steps. Title devised by Library staff. Forms part of: Brady-Handy photograph collection (... more

[Two unidentified young soldiers in Union shell jackets and forage caps in front of painted backdrop showing plantation]

[Two unidentified young soldiers in Union shell jackets and forage cap...

Title devised by Library staff. Case: Berg, no. 1-193. Gift; Tom Liljenquist; 2010; (DLC/PP-2010:105). More information about this collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.lilj Forms part of: Li... more

2d Rhode Island Infantry

2d Rhode Island Infantry

No. 992. Title from item. Mounted with five other photographs. Gift; Col. Godwin Ordway; 1948.

[Union fife and drum musicians probably at Camp Griffin, Langley, Virginia]

[Union fife and drum musicians probably at Camp Griffin, Langley, Virg...

Photograph probably by G. H. Houghton, photographer of other photographs in this album and fellow resident of Mead's in Brattleboro, Vermont. Houghton worked as a photographer at Camp Griffin and in the Tidewat... more

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