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Cased photograph collection

Identifier: CSPH


There are roughly 550 cased photographs in this collection, with the majority being daguerreotypes and tintypes. A majority of the items are portraits or group portraits. Due to the nature of the cased photograph (fixed onto copper, glass, etc., as opposed to paper), names and dates of the sitter do not typically accompany the photographer.


  • 1759-1945

Conditions Governing Use

The reproduction of materials in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine and satisfy copyright clearances or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information visit the MCHC’s Rights and Permissions page.

Historical Note

The daguerreotype bears the name of its creator, Louis Jacque Mande Daguerre. Daguerre made his first successful photograph in 1837. As Daguerre’s process made its way to America, Maryland photographers served a prominent role in the history of photography. Henry Fitz, Jr. made one of the first photographic portraits in 1839 and opened the first portrait studio in Baltimore thereafter. Further inventions soon followed. Among the most popular were “collodion” also called “wet plate” (invented in 1851) and “tintype” (patented in 1856).


19 Linear Feet (19 boxes)

Language of Materials



Portraits are described first name then last name. New acquisitions are added to the end of the list.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Items in this collection were either donated individually or along with other items, as noted.

Guide to the cased photograph collection
In Progress
Rachel Alexander, Heather Bohle, and Jennifer A. Ferretti
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2019-10-30: Manually entered into ArchivesSpace by Emily Somach.

Repository Details

Part of the H. Furlong Baldwin Library Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Center for History and Culture
610 Park Avenue
Baltimore MD 21201 United States