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Collection Photo, Print, Drawing Visual materials from the O.M. Poe papers

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About this Item


  • Visual materials from the O.M. Poe papers


  • Includes 400 stereographs and over 200 photographic prints relating to Poe's military and government careers, personal life, and interests (filed in LOT). Subjects include Civil War battle sights as depicted in panoramas, mammoth plate prints, and stereographs by George N. Barnard and views of the siege of Charleston, S.C., by Haas and Peale; landscape photographs from government surveys of the Western and Southwestern United States and Panama, including Yellowstone and Yosemite; lighthouses; sights in Europe and the Middle East; portraits of Poe and his family. The collection also includes some non-photographic materials, including two issues of the periodical Bulletin of the American Art-Union (May and June, 1851); over 30 illustrations from a publication entitled Victoires, conquêtes, désastres, revers et guerres civiles des Français (published 1817-1822); architectural and engineering drawings executed by Poe while he was a student at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, N.Y. (filed in ADE-UNIT); an engraving of Ulysses S. Grant by John C. Buttre (filed in PGA); one printing plate with an engraved portrait of Poe (filed in Supplementary Archives).


  • Barnard, George N., 1819-1902, photographer
  • Bell, William, 1830-1910, photographer
  • Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942, photographer
  • O'Sullivan, Timothy H., 1840-1882, photographer
  • Watkins, Carleton E., 1829-1916, photographer
  • Hillers, John K., 1843-1925, photographer
  • Haas & Peale, photographer

Created / Published

  • ca. 1800?-ca. 1923, bulk 1860-1880.


  • -  Poe, O. M.--(Orlando Metcalfe),--1832-1895
  • -  Geological Survey of the Territories (U.S.)--1870-1880
  • -  Geographical Surveys West of the 100th Meridian (U.S.)--1870-1880
  • -  Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories (U.S.)--1870-1880
  • -  Lighthouses--United States--1860-1880
  • -  National parks & reserves--United States--1860-1880
  • -  Expeditions & surveys--West (U.S.)--1860-1880
  • -  Expeditions & surveys--Southwestern States--1860-1880
  • -  Expeditions & surveys--Panama--Panama, Isthmus--1870-1880
  • -  Campaigns & battles--France--1800-1900
  • -  United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865


  • Architectural drawings--1850-1870.
  • Engineering drawings--1850-1870.
  • Expedition photographs--1860-1890.
  • Landscape photographs--1860-1890.
  • Panoramic photographs--1860-1870.
  • Photographic prints--1860-1880.
  • Printing plates--1860-1900.
  • Prints--1800-1900.
  • Stereographs--1860-1880.


  • Stereographs--1860-1880
  • Photographic prints--1860-1880
  • Architectural drawings--1850-1870
  • Engineering drawings--1850-1870
  • Expedition photographs--1860-1890
  • Landscape photographs--1860-1890
  • Panoramic photographs--1860-1870
  • Prints--1800-1900
  • Printing plates--1860-1900


  • -  Arrangement: Organized by format into the following filing series: LOT (photographs and other visual materials); PH (photographs by George Barnard); PGA (fine print); ADE-UNIT (architectural and engineering drawings); Supplementary Archives (printing plate).
  • -  Finding aid (unpublished) providing a more detailed overview of collection organization and content, is available in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room (filed under title: Visual materials from the papers of O.M. Poe).
  • -  Collection title devised by Library staff.
  • -  Prominent photographers represented include: George N. Barnard, William Bell, Haas & Peale, John K. Hillers, William H. Jackson, Timothy O'Sullivan, and Carleton Watkins.
  • -  Transfer; LC Manuscript Division; 1985 (DLC/PP-1985:644).
  • -  Forms part of the Papers of O.M. Poe.


  • ca. 650 items (chiefly stereographs and photographic prints) ; various sizes.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • Guide Record [P&P]

Source Collection

  • Poe, O.M. (Orlando Metcalfe), 1832-1895. O. M. Poe papers


  • Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00651883

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Chicago citation style:

Barnard, George N, William Bell, William Henry Jackson, Timothy H O'Sullivan, Carleton E Watkins, John K Hillers, and Haas & Peale, photographer. Visual materials from the O.M. Poe papers. France Southwestern States Panama United States Isthmus, ca. 1800. ?-Ca. 1923, Bulk 1860 to 1880. Photograph.

APA citation style:

Barnard, G. N., Bell, W., Jackson, W. H., O'Sullivan, T. H., Watkins, C. E., Hillers, J. K. & Haas & Peale, photographer. (ca. 1800) Visual materials from the O.M. Poe papers. France Southwestern States Panama United States Isthmus, ca. 1800. ?-Ca. 1923, Bulk 1860 to 1880. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

MLA citation style:

Barnard, George N, et al., photographer. Visual materials from the O.M. Poe papers. ?-Ca. 1923, Bulk 1860 to 1880. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.