Scope of Harvard Salt Print Collections

Salt prints are located in libraries, archives, and museums throughout Harvard. The holdings include images that document research undertaken by the University, were collected on the basis of the teaching and research interests of a particular repository, or come from the papers of professors and alumni associated with Harvard. The many thousands of photogenic drawings, paper negatives, and salted paper prints in the Harvard collections underscore the ubiquitous use of the salt print process for a variety of applications from portraiture to map making.

Architectural, landscape, and documentary views of the United States, Great Britain, Europe, and the Middle East reside at the Fine Arts Library, Harvard Art Museums, Harvard Map Collection, and Houghton Library. Diverse styles of portraiture are represented in images of Native American delegations in Washington at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology; early class portraits at the Harvard University Archives; and professional portraits of botanists, doctors, natural historians, lawyers, and performers at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Gray Herbarium Library, Harvard Law School Library, and Harvard Theatre Collection. At the Fine Arts Library, scholars can find stunning examples of individual portraits, group photographs, as well as fine examples of photo montage, and hand-applied art work including hand-coloring and retouching from well-known nineteenth-century studios.

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"Psí-tsha Wa-kinģ-a (Jumping Thunder), a warrior of the Yankton Sioux," Julian Vannerson or Samuel A. Cohner, albumen print, 1857 or 1858, Peabody Museum, Harvard University

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"Benjamin D. Greene," Seaver and Kingman, salted paper print, 1861?, Gray Herbarium Library, Harvard University Herbaria

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"Jared Sparks," George Kendall Warren, salted paper print, 1861, Harvard University Archives

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"F.E.A. [Francis Ellingwood Abbot] on leaving college, 1859," John Adams Whipple, 1859, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School

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Mrs. James Bennett, salted paper print with gold chloride toning, 1840s, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

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"Misses Costar," artist unknown, salted paper print, 1850s?, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

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"John A. Dix," Matthew B. Brady, salted paper print, 1850s, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

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"J. K. Polk," Matthew Brady, salted paper print, 1850s?, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

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"Field family, (from left to right) Henry M., Cyrus W., Mathew D., David Dudley, Jonathan E., and Stephen J.," artist unknown, salted paper print, 1850s?, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

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"Sir Morton Peto and party," photographer unknown, salted paper print, ca. 1850, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

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"York Minster seen from Lop Lane (Little Blake Street)," William Henry Fox Talbot, salted paper print, 1845, Houghton Library, Harvard University

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""Head Quarters" [of] 20th Regt., Mass. Vols., Camp Benton, Md.," artist unknown, salted paper print, 1861 or 1862, Harvard Law School Library

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"Still life with ancient Babylonian artifacts on books," Amelia Guppy, paper negative, 1853, Houghton Library, Harvard University

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"British and French staff officers at headquarters," Roger Fenton, salted paper print, 1855, Houghton Library, Harvard University

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"Cascade Falls, Jackson," James Wallace Black, salted paper print, 1854, Harvard Art Museums

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"E.R. Showalter, 1862," artist unknown, salted paper print, 1862, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology

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"Library. View from Mass[achusetts] Hall," John Adams Whipple, salted paper print, 1858, Harvard University Archives

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"James Postell, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing front," artist unknown, salted paper print, ca. 1855, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative Zoology

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"American botanist Asa Gray, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly left," George Kendall Warren?, salted paper print, 1855, Gray Herbarium Library, Harvard Herbaria

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"Mrs. Daniel Edgar Sickles," artist unknown, salted paper print, ca. 1855, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

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"John Wein Forney Jr.," photographer unknown, salted paper print, ca. 1858, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

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"Lafayette S. Foster, president of senate in Lincoln's time and once acting vice president of U.S. Senate in war time," artist unknown, salted paper print, between 1855 and 1865, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

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"Chanty Town, N.Y., (from left to right) Simeon Draper, [Isaac] Bell, M[oses H.] Grinnell, and J.B. Nicholson," photographer unknown, salted paper print, ca. 1860, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

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"Boston Society for Medical Improvement members," artist unknown, salted paper print, 1843, Harvard Law School Library

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"Sir Morton Peto suite," photographer unknown, salted paper print, ca. 1850, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Special Collections

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"Interior view of Brattle Street Church, Boston, showing organ and pews," R. Nixon, salted paper print, 1861, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School

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Charles Marville, "Vue Du Pont de la Réforme ou Port Louis-Philippe," salted paper print, 1853, Houghton Library, Harvard University

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"Map of Cobb County, Georgia," photographer unknown, salted paper print, between 1861 and 1865, Harvard Map Collection

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"Council of war held at Lord Raglan's headquarters the morning of the successful attack on the Mamelon," Roger Fenton, salted paper print, 1855, Houghton Library, Harvard University

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"East front of the U.S. Capitol," John Wood, salted paper print, 1857 or 1858, Harvard Art Museums