Mathew Brady carte-de-visite of Josh Billings
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of two items; an albumen carte-de-visite photograph of Josh Billings and a card bearing the autograph of Josh Billings along with the phrase "Go Slow!" The date of the photograph is unknown but was probably taken in the 1870s.
- Date of production not identified
- Brady, Mathew B., approximately 1823-1896 (photographer, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Open for public access.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Mathew Brady carte-de-visite of Josh Billings must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Mathew Brady (1822-1896) was a well-known 19th century American portrait photographer and documenter of the American Civil War.
Early in the 1940s Mathew Brady learned the art of making daguerreotypes from Samuel Morse who brought knowledge of the photographic process to America from France in 1839. In 1844 Brady opened a studio in New York but moved to Washington D.C. in 1849. He is best known for his many portraits of notable individuals including Abraham Lincoln and his photographs documenting the American Civil War in which he and his employees created over 10,000 glass plate negatives. Brady financed the Civil War project himself with the anticipation the U.S. Government would want to purchase his negatives. He became bankrupt when Congress was willing to pay him only a forth of what it cost to produce the images. Brady died broke on January 15, 1896 following an accident with a streetcar. He is buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Kept in sold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
This photograph was found between the pages of a book titled: Josh Billings on ice, and other things. The book was from the Joseph E. Arrington collection. The book, because of its condition was not retained.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Removed; Joseph Earl Arrington collection, 2014.
Photographs (Photograph Archives).
Processed; Thomas R. Wells, Curator of Photographic Archives L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 2014.
- Billings, Josh, 1818-1885 -- 19th century American author -- Photograph
- Register of Mathew Brady carte-de-visite of Josh Billings
- Thomas R. Wells
- 2014 July 1
- 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.
Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States