Specializing in works by Boston-area photographic firms, this collection comprises a catalog of early photographic processes, including, but not limited to, ambrotypes, tintypes, albumen and salted paper prints. The important role played by Boston photographers in the history of the medium in America can be traced through the collection, which includes the work of Samuel Bemis, Southworth & Hawes, John Adams Whipple, James Wallace Black, and A.H. Folsom, among others.
Internationally important photographers including Felix Nadar, Julia Margaret Cameron, Francis Frith, and Eadweard Muybridge are also represented in the collection. The changing streetscape of Boston in the twentieth century is visible in the collections of photographs by John Murdoch, George M. Cushing, Jr., Paul Caponigro, and Irene Shwachman.
Curator of Prints & Photographs