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Photo History References


Real and Other Photos: An Introduction to the History, Identification and Collectability of Early Photographic Postcards, Aria Michas


Photography and the American Scene: A Social History, 1839-1889, Robert Taft (Macmillan Company, New York: 1938; Dover Publications Inc., NY: 1989).


The History of Photography: From 1835 to the Present, Beaumont Newhall (Museum of Modern Art, New York: 1937; 5th edition 1982).


Photography In America: The Formative Years, 1839-1900, A Documentary History, William Welling (Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York: 1978).


The Origins of American Photography: From the Daguerreotype to Dry-Plate, 1839 – 1877, Keith F. Davis with contributions from Jane Aspinwall (Yale University Press, New Haven and London: 2007).


An American Century of Photography: From Dry-plate to Digital, Keith F. Davis (Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, second enlarged edition: 1999).


Imagining Paradise: The Richard and Ronay Menschel Library at George Eastman House, Sheila J. Foster, Manfred Heiting and Rachel Stuhlman (George Eastman House, Rochester, NY: 2007). 


The Daguerreotype In America, Beaumont Newhall (New York Graphic Society: 1968) – Note: avoid pages 133-134 of Chapter 14, “The American Process – Restoration.”


Mirror Image: The Influence of the Daguerreotyoe on American Society, Richard Rudisill (University New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM: 1971).


The American Daguerreotype, Floyd Rinhart & Marion Rinhart (University of  Georgia Press, Athens, GA: 1981.


The History of Photography 1685-1914, Helmut and Alison Gernsheim (McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York: 1969.


The Rise of Photography 1850-1880:The Age of Colloidion (The History of Photography Volume II), Helmut Gernsheim (Thames and Hudson, New York: 1988).


Early Photography in Canada, Ralph Greenhill (Oxford University Press, Toronto: 1965).


Tokens of Affection: Antique Photographic Jewelry, Larry J. West and Patricia A. Abbott (West Companies, New York: 2005).


The World of Stereographs, William C. Darrah (W. C. Darrah, Gettysburg, PA: 1977).


Cartes de Visite In Nineteenth Century Photography, William C. Darrah ((W. C. Darrah, Gettysburg, PA: 1981).


The Tintype In America 1856-1880, Janice G. Schimmelman (American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA: 2007).


Forgotten Marriage: The Painted Tintype & The Decorative Frame, 1860 – 1910, Stanley B. Burns  (Burns Collection, Ltd.: 1995).


Paper Promises, Early American Photography, Mazie M. Harris (Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles: 2018).


Natural Magic, Salted Paper Prints in North America, Santa Barbara Museum of Art (University of Washington Press, Seattle, WA, and London: 2015).  


The Art of the Autochrome: The Birth of Color Photography, John Wood (University of Iowa Press, Iowa City, 1993).


The Photographic Experience 1839-1914: Images and Attitudes, Heinz K. Henisch and Bridget A. Henisch (Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, PA: 1994).


The Painted Photograph 1839-1914: Origins, Techniques, Aspirations, Heinz K. Henisch and Bridget A. Henisch (The Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, PA: 1996).


Photography’s Beginnings, A Visual History, John B. Cameron and Wm. B. Becker (University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, NM: 1989).


The Story of Kodak, Douglas Collins (Harry Abrams, New York: 1990).


Real Photo Postcard Guide, The People’s Photography, Robert Bogdan and Todd Wiselok (Syracuse University Press, Syracuse, NY: 2006).


As We Were: American Photographic Postcards, 1905 – 1930, Rosmond B. Value (David R. Godine Publishing, Boston, MA: 2004).


The Postcard Age: Selections from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection, Lynda Klich and Benjamin Weiss (Museum Fine Arts Boston, Boston, MA: 2012).


Images & Enterprise: Technology and the American Photographic Industry 1839 to 1925, Reese V. Jenkins (John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore & London: 1975).


Looking At Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, John Szarkowski (New York Graphics Society: 1973).


Antique Photographica: The Collector’s Vision, Bryan & Page Ginns (Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA: 2013).



In the Darkroom: An Illustrated Guide to Photographic Processes before the Digital Age, Sarah Kennel with Diane Waggoner and Alice Carver-Kubik (National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC: 2009).


Photographs of the Past: Process and Preservation, Bertrand Laverdrine (The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, CA: 2009).


Fixed In Time, A Guide to Dating Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes & Tintypes By Their Mats and Cases, Sean Nolan (Sean William Nolan, Portland, Oregon, 3rd edition: 2017;


Union Cases, A Collectors Guide to the Art of America’s First Plastics, Clifford and Michelle Krainik with Carl Walvord (Centenial Photo Services, Grantsburg, WI: 1988).


Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames, Paul K. Berg (Paul K. Berg, 2nd edition: 2003).


Stereoscopes: The First One Hundred Years, Paul Wing (Transition Publishing, Nashua, NH: 1996).


American Photographic Patents 1840-1880: The Daguerreotype & Wet Plate Era, Janice G. Schimmelman (Carl Mautz Publishing: 2002).


Daguerreotype hallmarks - Dagherrotipi firmati, Gabriele Chiesa & Paolo Gosio (speculum memoriae GP: 2019).



Camera: A History of Photography from Daguerreotype to Digital, Todd Gustavson (Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., New York & London: 2009).


The Illustrated History of the Camera, from 1839 to the present, Michel Auer (New York Graphics Society, Boston, MA: 1975).


A Century of Cameras, Eaton S. Lothrop, Jr. (Morgan & Morgan, Inc., Dobbs Ferry, NY: 1972 ,1987).


Collecting and Using Classic Cameras, Jason Schneider (Thames & Hudson, 1992)


Jason Schneider on Camera Collecting: A Fully Illustrated Handbook of Articles Originally Published in Modern Photography, Jason Schneider (Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1978).


Jason Schneider on Camera Collecting: Book 2, Jason Schneider (1982)


Jason Schneider on Camera Collecting: Book 3, Jason Schneider (Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1985).


Comprehensive Guide for Camera Collectors, David Williamson. (Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 2003).


A History of Photography in 50 Cameras, Michael Prichard (Firefly Books, 2022).


A History of the Lens, Rudolph Kingslake (Academic Press Inc., San Diego, CA: 1989).



Directory of Early Michigan Photographers, David V. Tinder, edited by Clayton A. Lewis (William Clements Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI: 2013) online edition:


Michigan Place Names, The History of the Founding and Naming of More Than Five Thousand Past and Present Michigan Communities, Walter Romig (Wayne State University Press, Detroit: 1986).


Craig’s Daguerreian Registry, Revised Edition, Volumes 1 & 2, John S. Craig (John S. Craig, Torrington, CT).


Pioneer Photographers from the Mississippi to the Continental Divide: A Biographical Dictionary 1839-1865, Peter Palmquist and Thomas R. Kailbourn (Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA: 2005).


Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: A Biographical Dictionary 1840-1865, Peter Palmquist and Thomas R. Kailbourn (Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA: 2000).


Biographies of Western Photographers, Carl Mautz (Carl Mautz Publishing, Nevada City, CA: 1997; expanded and revised edition 2018).


Stereographers of the World: Volume I – Foreign, T. K. Treadwell and William C. Darrah (National Stereoscopic Association: 1994).


Stereographers of the World: Volume II – U.S., T. K. Treadwell and William C. Darrah (National Stereoscopic Association: 1994).  


Macmillan Biographical Dictionary of Photographic Artists & Innovators, Turner Browne & Elaine Partnow (Macmillan Publishing Company, New York and London: 1983).



Photographs of the Past: Process and Preservation, Bertrand Laverdrine (The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, CA: 2009).


A Guide to the Preventive Conservation of Photographic Collections, Bertrand Laverdrine (The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, CA: 2003).


Collection, Use, and Care of Historical Photographs, Robert Weinstein and Larry Booth (American Association for State and Local History, Nashville, TN: 1977).


The Daguerreotype: Nineteenth-Century Technology and Modern Science, M. Susan Barger and William B. White (Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington and London: 1991), Chapters 10-12.


Coatings and Photograph: Materials, Techniques and Conservation, Edited by Constance Mc Cabe (American Institute for Conservation of Historical and Artistic Works, Washington, DC: 2005).


The Life of a Photograph: Archival Processing, Matting, Framing and Storage, Laurence E. Keefe, Jr., and Dennis Inch (Focal Press, Boston and London: 1984).





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