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Collection Panoramic Photographs

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Library of Congress

Prints and Photographs Division

The Detroit Publishing Company Collection contains many panoramic photographs of North American cities, railroads, and landscapes dating from circa 1900.

Geography and Map Division

The Panoramic map collection shows another popular use of the panoramic format during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Outside the Library of Congress

Many museums and historical societies have panoramic photographs in their collections. Some of the larger or more well-known collections are listed below. Links to institutions are included, but there may not be specific information about panoramic photos online.

Major Panoramic Photograph Holdings in Other Institutions

On the World Wide Web Beyond the Library of Congress

Selected Bibliography

This selected bibliography includes publications that provide historical information about panoramic photography and publications that provide biographic information for photographers represented in the Library of Congress' collection. "P&P" after the call number refers to books held in the Prints and Photographs Division reference collection

  • Burleson, Clyde W. and E. Jessica Hickman. The Panoramic Photography of Eugene O. Goldbeck. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1986. Call number: TR661.B87 1986 [P&P] Monograph on Goldbeck, a prolific photographer who worked with a Cirkut camera from the 1910s to 1980s. Beautifully illustrated with many foldout plates.
  • Caddick, James and Susan Schwartzenberg."A 360 [Degree] Daguerreotype Panorama of the City by the Golden Gate." The Daguerreian Annual (1992): 104-108. Call number: TR365.D34 1992 [P&P] Brief essay on a panorama of San Francisco. A copy photograph of part of this panorama is in the collections of the Prints & Photographs Division at the Library of Congress.
  • Coe, Brian. Cameras: From Daguerreotypes to Instant Pictures. New York: Crown Publishers, 1978. Call number: TR250.C63 1978 [P&P] One chapter of this book is devoted to panoramic cameras. The inner workings of these cameras are well illustrated.
  • Davenport, Marguerite. The Unpretentious Pose: The Work of E. O. Goldbeck, A People's Photographer. San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 1981. Call number: TR140.G64D28
  • Davis, Keith F. George N. Barnard, Photographer of Sherman's Campaign. Kansas City: Hallmark Cards, Inc., 1990. Call number: TR140.B275D38 1990 [P&P] Monograph on Barnard, provides extensive biographical information and many illustrations, including Barnard's panoramas of Tennessee taken in 1864.
  • Panoramic Photography : Grey Art Gallery & Study Center, New York University Faculty of Arts and Science, New York, New York. New York: The Gallery, 1977. Call number: TR661.G73 1977 [P&P] A brief introduction to panoramic photography and a checklist of the exhibition, several illustrations.
  • Fletcher, Stephen J. "A Longer View: Cirkut Photography in Indiana since 1906." Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History (Indiana Historical Society), vol. 3 (Winter 1991):18-31. Call number: Not in LC. A brief history of panoramic photography, illustrated with foldout plates by Charles F. Bretzman and others.
  • Hales, Peter B. Silver Cities: The Photography of American Urbanization, 1839-1915. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1984. Call number: TR820.5.h23 1984 [P&P] Hales discusses the development of city view panoramas, from the daguerreotype process through the work of George Lawrence, illustrated with a few foldout plates.
  • Hyde, Ralph. Panoramania! :The Art and Entertainment of the "All-Embracing" View. London: Trefoil Publications, 1988. Call number: N8213.H9 1988 A history of the panoramic format, including panoramic paintings and prints, moving panoramas, panoramic photography, and dioramas.
  • Johnson, Carol. "Panoramas of Duluth, Minnesota." History of Photography, vol. 16 (Summer 1992):141-146. Call number: TR15.H57 [P&P] Discusses two panoramas of Duluth, Minnesota from the collection of the Library of Congress. The panoramas were used to advertise real estate in Duluth during the 1870s.
  • Klett, Mark. Capital view: A new Panorama of Washington, D.C. San Francisco, Book Studio, 1994. Call number: not yet in L.C. Published in conjunction with an exhibition at the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Includes accordian fold panorama views of Washington by Francis Hacker, 1875; Frederick Brehm, 1903; and Mark Klett, 1992-1993.
  • Meehan, Joseph. Panoramic Photography. New York: AMPHOTO, 1990. Call number: TR661.N65 1991 Primarily a book on panoramic photography techniques. Extensive information about the various types of panoramic cameras currently in use, also contains brief historical information and an extensive bibliography.
  • Mellon, George Egbert. Panoramic Photography. Chicago: Times Printing Co., 1897. Call number: TR661.M52 1897 Examines how to make panoramic photographs from two or more negatives.
  • Munday, Harold. "Panoramic Cameras and Panoramic Perspective," Photo-Era, vol. 40 (January, 1918):5-6. Call number: TR1.P63. Concise explanation of how perspective is rendered by panoramic cameras.
  • Muybridge, Eadweard and Mark Klett. One City/Two Visions: San Francisco Panoramas, 1878 and 1990. San Francisco: Bedford Arts, Publishers, 1990. Call number: F869.S343M69 1990 [P&P] Accordion-fold format, with one photograph on each side. Includes an introduction by Peter Bacon Hales and a brief essay by Klett.
  • The Panoramic Image. Southampton: John Hansard Gallery, The University, 1981. Call number: TR661.P35 1981 [P&P] Exhibition catalog with three essays that discuss the panoramic genre represented through painting, printmaking, and photography.
  • "Panoramic Photography." The Photo-Miniature, vol. 7 (October 1905):1-12. Call number: MICROFORM 82/900 [T] P62, "History of Photography Microfilm Series" Discusses the history of panoramic cameras. (The entire issue of this journal is devoted to panoramic photography.)
  • Panoramic Photography: Grey Art Gallery & Study Center, New York University Faculty of Arts and Science, New York, New York. New York: The Gallery, 1977. Call number: TR661.G73 1977 [P&P] A brief introduction to panoramic photography and a checklist of the exhibition, several illustrations.
  • Pearce, Joseph N. "Panoramic Photography." The Camera, vol. 8 (October 1904):381-389. Call number: MICROFORM 82/900 [T] P30, "History of Photography Microfilm Series" In-depth article on making panoramas from multiple negatives.
  • Rosenblum, Naomi. A World History of Photography. New York: Abbeville Press, 1984. Call number: TR15.R67 1984 [P&P] A brief synopsis of early panoramic photography is provided.
  • Spira, S.F. "Panoramic Photographs as Nineteenth Century Book Illustrations," History of Photography, vol. 13 (July-September 1989):204-214. Call number: TR15.H57 [P&P] Discusses the Pantascopic camera, which used single, glass plate panoramic negatives in the 1860s.
  • Thomas, W. "Some Practical Notes." The Amateur Photographer, vol. 32 (October 5, 1900):272-274. Call number: TR1.A38 Describes how to use the No. 1 Panoram manufactured by Kodak.