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Collection Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints

Civil War Photographers

Mathew Brady

  • Cobb, Josephine. "Mathew B. Brady's Photographic Gallery in Washington." Records of the Columbia Historical Society, (1953-56): 28-69.

    Josephine Cobb was the Archivist-in-charge of the Still Picture Branch at the National Archives. Her article provides a scholarly account of Brady's Washington, DC, photographic studio.

  • Hobart, George. Mathew Brady. London: Macdonald & Co., 1984.
    Call number: TR140.B7 H58 1984
  • Hoobler, Dorothy, and Hoobler, Thomas. Photographing History: The Career of Mathew Brady. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1977.
    Call number: TR140.B7H59 1977
  • Horan, James D. Mathew Brady: Historian with a Camera. New York: Crown Publishers, 1955.
    Call number: TR140.B7 H6 [P&P Ref]

    Soon after the Library acquired the Brady-Handy Collection, Horan was given special access to the negatives for the purpose of writing a definitive biography of Brady. The biography is followed by 453 illustrations and a list of Brady photographs published by Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly.

  • Kunhardt, Dorothy Meserve, and Kunhardt, Philip B., Jr. Mathew Brady and His World. Alexandria, VA: Time-Life Books, 1977. Call number: TR140.B7 K8 [P&P Ref]

    Based on the Brady collection of Frederick Hill Meserve and written by Meserve's granddaughter and great-grandson in consultation with Josephine Cobb. In addition to many Brady portraits, the publication is also illustrated with a page from Brady's carte de visite sample book, and examples showing how Brady's negatives were prepared for printing by masking or retouching.

  • Meredith, Roy. Mr. Lincoln's Camera Man: Mathew B. Brady. 2nd revised edition. New York: Dover Publications, 1974. Call number: TR140.B7 M4 1974 [P&P Ref]

    Originally published in 1946, this early biography of Brady has been superceded by later scholarship. Contains many illustrations.

  • -----. Mathew Brady's Portrait of an Era. New York: W.W. Norton & Co., 1982.
    Call number: E415.7 .M47 1982
  • Milhollen, Hirst D. "The Mathew B. Brady Collection." In A Century of Photographs, 1846-1946. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1980, pp. 30-37.
    Call number: TR6.U62 D572 [P&P Ref]

    Originally published in the April, May, June 1944 issue of the Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress to announce the acquisition of the Anthony-Taylor-Rand-Ordway-Eaton Collection of Mathew Brady negatives.

  • -----. "The Brady-Handy Collection." In A Century of Photographs, 1846-1946. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1980, pp. 38-50.
    Call number: TR6.U62 D572 [P&P Ref]

    Originally published in the May 1956 issue of the Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress to announce the acquisition of the Brady-Handy Collection. Contains a comprehensive list of all of the Brady-Handy negative series.

  • Panzer, Mary. Mathew Brady. London and New York: Phaidon, 2001.
    Call number: TR652 .P36 2001

    A picture book [best characterization?] that contains 56 plates accompanied by descriptive captions. Concise biography of Brady and chronology of his life.

  • -----. Mathew Brady and the Image of History. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press for the National Portrait Gallery, 1997.
    Call number: TR140.B7 P36 1997

    The most recent scholarship on Mathew Brady. The publication accompanied an exhibition organized by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery that traveled to the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University and the International Center of Photography in New York City. Since few facts are known about Brady's life, Panzer informs the reader about New York City in the mid-1800s and the influential people who visited Brady's studio. Includes 79 plates with biographical information about the sitters, a comprehensive chronology of Mathew Brady's life, and a section devoted to reprints of historical articles about Brady and his studio.

  • Sullivan, George. Mathew Brady; His Life and Photographs. New York: Cobblehill Books, 1994.
    Call number: TR140.B7 S85 1994 [P&P Ref]

    Written for adolescents, this biography weaves the history of the early photographic processes with Brady's career as a photographer. Heavily illustrated with portraits of Brady, views of his studios, and photographs made by the Brady studio.

George Barnard

  • Barnard, George N. Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign. 1866. Reprint. New York: Dover Publishing, 1977.
    Call number: E475.97 B32 1977 [P&P Civil War]

    Reprint edition includes all 61 photographs from the original edition showing Army operations in Tennessee, South Carolina, and Georgia, documenting important places, notable battlefields, and military works, such as bridges and fortifications along the route of Sherman's campaign to capture Atlanta, the railhead of the Confederacy.

  • Davis, Keith F. George N. Barnard, Photographer of Sherman's Campaign. Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico Press, 1990.
    Call number: TR140.B275 D38 1990 [P&P Ref]

    The only scholarly biography to date that examines George Barnard's entire career. All 61 plates from Photographic Views of Sherman's Campaign originally published in 1866 are reproduced. The author provides a list of Barnard's stereographs of Cuba published by the Anthony Company, and reprints papers and articles by and about Barnard that were originally published in The Photographic and Fine Art Journal.

  • Hoobler, James A. Cities Under the Gun: Images of Occupied Nashville and Chattanooga. Nashville: Rutledge Hill Press, 1986.
    Call number: E475.97 .H66 1986 [P&P Ref]

    Good photographic documentation of Tennessee during the Civil War, with limited information about the photographers responsible for these images.

Alexander Gardner

  • Gardner, Alexander. Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War. 1865-1866. Reprint. New York: Dover Publications, 1959.
    Call number: E468.7.G19 1959 [P&P Civil War]

    Reprint of Gardner's 1866 Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War. Includes 100 photographs presented chronologically showing the major sites of conflict in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. Each photograph is accompanied by a lengthy caption.

  • Johnson, Brooks. An Enduring Interest: The Photographs of Alexander Gardner. Norfolk, VA: Chrysler Museum, 1991.
    Call number: E468.7 .J65 1991 [P&P Ref]

    This publication accompanied an exhibition at the Chrysler Museum in 1991 to celebrate the museum's acquisition of a copy of Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War. Includes the following essays: "Gardner and his Contemporaries" by Donald McCoo, "America and the Civil War" by William F. Stapp, "Abraham Lincoln and the Conspiracy Against Him" Lloyd Ostendorf, "The Railroad and Western Expansion" by Susan Danly, and "Scenes in Indian Country" by Paula Richardson Fleming.

  • Katz, Mark D. Witness to an Era: The Life and Photographs of Alexander Gardner. New York: Viking Studio Books, 1990.
    Call number: TR140 .G35 K38 [P&P Ref]

    Comprehensive biography of Alexander Gardner heavily illustrated with work by Gardner and his contemporaries. Includes images of the Civil War, portraits of Abraham Lincoln, the people and places associated with Lincoln's assassination, the Union Pacific Railroad, and Native Americans. The appendixes provide lists of photographs published in Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book of the War, Gardner's 1863 catalog of Civil War photographs, and a list of stereographs from Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division.

  • Wilson, Joseph M. A Eulogy on the Life and Character of Alexander Gardner. Washington, DC: R. Beresford, 1883.
    Call number: HS511.G3 W5 1883 [P&P Case X]

Timothy O'Sullivan

  • Horan, James D. Timothy O'Sullivan, America's Forgotten Photographer. Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Co., 1966. Call number: TR140.O8 H6 [P&P Ref]

    An early biography of O'Sullivan.

  • Snyder, Joel. American Frontiers: The Photographs of Timothy O'Sullivan, 1867-1874. Millerton, NY: Aperture, 1981. Call number: F594.S67 [P&P Ref]

    This publication focuses on O'Sullivan's Western landscape photographs. It is the best source for biographical information about the photographer.

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