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Positively One of a Kind: the Creation and Care of Daguerreotypes

A companion guide to the virtual presentation.
Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe by William A. Pratt.

Edgar Allan Poe

William A. Pratt, photographer.
Approximately 1849.

Portrait of John B. Colton standing with hands in pockets. The photographer is unknown.

John B. Colton

Unknown photographer.
Approximately 1850s.

Mining scene of a large group of miners posed while working on a rocky riverbed. Dated approximately 1849.

Mining Scene.

Unknown photographer. 
Approximately 1849.

Portrait of a woman and a young girl in fancy dresses.

Portrait of a woman and a young girl.

Unknown photographer.
Approximately 1840s-1850s.

Group portrait of Huntington Library employees in the Japanese Garden, Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Group portrait of Huntington Library employees.

Robert Shlaer, photographer.
January 27, 2003.

This resource is a companion research guide to the virtual event "Positively One of a Kind: the Creation and Care of Daguerreotypes," aired on July 26, 2023. In this presentation, library staff members discussed the stewardship of the Huntington's daguerreotype collection, including the acquisition, cataloging, preservation, and digitization of these early photographs. We invite you to stream the recorded event and explore the related digital resources listed below.

Further questions about research, accessing materials, or navigating digital resources can be directed to the library

Related Resources

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