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HUD 252.716

Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1852. Daguerreotypes of members of the Harvard College Class of 1852 : an inventory

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: HUD 252.716
Repository: Harvard University Archives
Creator: Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1852,
Creator: Whipple, John Adams, 1822-1891,
Title: Daguerreotypes of members of the Harvard College Class of 1852,
Date(s): 1852
Quantity: 1.5 cubic feet (1 custom-made drawer case)
Quantity: 83 photographs
Quantity: 83 daguerreotypes ; 2 x 3 inches
Abstract: Harvard College graduating classes created records of the class as both a group and as individuals that followed them through their years at Harvard and beyond into their lives as alumni. The Class of 1852 was the first to use photography as a means of record-keeping. Class members posed for photographer John Adams Whipple, and the 83 sixth-plate daguerreotypes Whipple produced were stored together.

Processing Information:

This inventory was created in March 2015 by Kate Bowers from survey data collected by Melissa Banta in 2005.

Researcher Access:

Preservation concerns may limit handling and access.

Online access:

All of the daguerreotypes have been digitized and are available online. Links to digital images accompany photograph descriptions.

Preferred Citation:

Harvard College (1780- ). Class of 1852. Daguerreotypes of members of the Harvard College Class of 1852, 1852. HUD 252.716, Harvard University Archives.

Historical note

Harvard College graduating classes created records of the class as both a group and as individuals that followed them through their years at Harvard and beyond into their lives as alumni. The Class of 1852 was the first to use photography as a means of record-keeping. Class members posed for photographer John Adams Whipple, and the 83 daguerreotypes were stored together in a wooden chest with thin, flat drawers that could be pulled to allow for perusal of the images. Each drawer of the chest could accommodate twelve sixth-plate daguerreotypes.
Daguerreotypes are unique photographic images captured on a light-sensitized silver-plated sheets of copper. Sitting for a daguerreotype was physically uncomfortable and daguerreotypes were expensive, but the new technology became popular in Boston. By 1850 a number of daguerreotype studios had been established, including that of John Adams Whipple.

Arrangement

The images are alphabetical by last name within the drawers.

Scope and Content

Individual portraits of members of the Harvard College Class of 1852

Inventory update

This document last updated 2016 February 16.

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