Cornell University Library Digital Collections

Man posed shooting tiger

About the collection

Collection of photographs on various subjects demonstrating the technological evolution of photography, with emphasis on the period of 1822 to 1885. Includes 19th- and 20th-century photographs organized in several major groups: Daguerre ephemera and early photographic processes, African American collection, Mathew Brady and the Civil War, Lincoln, Native Americans and the West, hand-colored photography, and cartes de visite. The collection contains daguerreotypes, salted paper photographs, ambrotypes, tintypes, albumen prints, cartes de visite, cabinet cards, stereographs, and photograph albums. Also included are lithographic prints (some hand colored), a graphite on paper portrait, wood engraving, medals, and stamp, as well as early photograph viewers such as a "hemisferium praxinoscope" and a "photographicon."