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ABCFM Daguerreotypes Collection

Call Number: RG 324

Scope and Contents

This collection contains daguerreotype images of missionaries who had been appointed for service by The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. The daguerreotype process for creating photographs was used during the 1840s and 1850s. Series III contains two color miniature portraits that date from 1839. This collection was originally held at the Franklin Trask Library of Andover Newton Theological School and was transferred to the Yale Divinity Library in 2017.


  • circa 1839-1860


Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies available for some.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection transferred from Andover Newton Theological School in 2017


Series I: Photographs of Missionaries appointed by the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions

Series II: Photographs of Other Individuals and Scenes

Series III: Miniature Portraits


3.5 Linear Feet (14 boxes)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Biographical / Historical

Information on complete names, life dates, dates of service, and geographic areas of mission stations of the missionaries is from the published guide to the microfilm collection, Papers of The American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, and from biographical sketches compiled by John Adams Vinton.

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