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Series I: Mathew B. Brady Studio, circa 1860-1885

Call Number: GEN MSS 580, Series I

Scope and Contents

This series consists of photographic prints from the studio of Mathew B. Brady in Washington, D.C. The photographs include studio and exterior portraits of officers serving in the military during the American Civil War; exterior views of battlefields, structures, and military units; and studio portraits of persons in the extended Brady and Handy families. The same image may exist in several subseries.

Many images created by the studio of Mathew B. Brady exist in derivative forms in Series II. Levin Corbin Handy Studio.


  • circa 1860-1885

Physical Description

(18 boxes)

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection: The materials are open for research.


Subseries are arranged by relative size of the photographic prints from small to large, with mounted prints preceding unmounted prints in each size. Photographic negatives, arranged by size, are listed following the prints.

Subseries are arranged in the following manner:
  1. Cartes-de-visite
  2. Stereographs
  3. Albumen Photographic Prints, Mounted
  4. Photographic Prints Mounted on Square Plain Board
  5. Unmounted Photographic Prints of Officer Portraits
  6. Photographic Prints on Plain Board
  7. Photographic Prints on Blue Board Mounts
  8. Albumen Photographic Prints on "Original Photographs" Mounts
  9. Albumen Photographic Prints, Unmounted
  10. Oversize, Multiple Photographic Prints Mounted on Blue Board
  11. Oversize, Single Photographic Prints Mounted on Blue Board
  12. Oversize, Single Photographic Prints Mounted on Black Board
  13. Oversize, Photographic Prints Mounted on Plain Board
  14. Oversize, Albumen Prints, Unmounted
  15. Glass Photographic Negatives, Cartes-de-visite
  16. Glass Photographic Negatives, Carte-de-visite strip negatives, 3.5" X 7.5"

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


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Access Information

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