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Mathew B. Brady photograph of President James Buchanan

 Item — item: 1
Identifier: MSS 7985

Scope and Contents

Salt print of President James Buchanan taken by Mathew Brady in 1857. The photograph was originally a daguerreotype.


  • 1857


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Mathew B. Brady photograph of President James Buchanan must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Mathew B. Brady (ca. 1823-1896) was an American photographer.

Mathew B. Brady was born circa 1823 in Warren County, New York, of Irish decent. He became the student of a portrait painter named William Page. They learned the art of daguerrotypes from Samuel F. B. Morse, and in 1844 Brady opened his own photography studio in New York. He is considered the father of photojournalism and took many portraits of Presidents of the United States along with many Civil War photographs. His photograph of Abraham Lincoln now appears on the five dollar bill and the penny. He married Juliet Handy in 1851. He died from complications of a streetcar accident in the charity ward of Presbyterian Hospital in New York City on January 15, 1896.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Maintained in original order.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Custodial History

This collection was purchased from Vintage Works, LTD. in 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Vintage Works LTD.; 2011.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).


Black and white.


Dimensions: 19 x 14 cm., 36 x 28 cm. border.

Processing Information

Processed; Lionel Thomas, student photograph processor; 2011.

Register of the Mathew B. Brady photograph of President James Buchanan
Lionel Thomas
2011 November 22
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States