University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Natchez Trace Collection Photographs, ca. 1855-1920.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Natchez Trace Collection
Title: Natchez Trace Collection Photographs
Dates: ca. 1855-1920.
Abstract Collection includes photographs from the southern United States and other regions from the mid 1800s through the early 1900s, featuring prominent leaders and families.
Accession No.: 2011-369
Extent: 3 ft.; 3 daguerreotypes; 9 tintypes; 222 albumen cartes-de-visites; 54 albumen, collodion, and gelatin cabinet cards; 298 albumen and halftone stereographs; 41 other albumen prints; 3 albums with 4 tintypes and 134 cartes-de-visites; 103 gelatin and collodion Kodak prints; 1 platinotype; 6 other gelatin silver prints; 64 lantern slides; 74 postcards; 2 photographic printsPhotographic material
Language Materials are in English
Repository The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Scope and Contents

Portraits (cartes-de-visites, cabinet cards, and tintypes) include members of several Natchez and Vicksburg area families, such as Archer, Turpin, Finnery, and Drake. Collection also contains portraits of several Confederate generals, including Robert E. Lee, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, Richard Taylor, and Sterling Price. Some of these were published by E. & H. T. Anthony & Co. of New York City. Many portraits are unidentified and arranged by photographer. Significant among these photographers are Samuel Anderson, William W. Washburn, William H. Leeson, and Gustave A. Moses of New Orleans; H. J. Herrick, A. L. Blanks, and French & Co. of Vicksburg; and Gurney of Natchez. Commercial views of Colorado and the Rocky Mountains were taken by George E. Mellen, William Henry Jackson, and others. The many stereographs include scenes of Vicksburg made by Herrick and Blanks, views of Baltimore, and two famous White House views published by J. F. Jarvis in 1873. The hand-tinted theater stereographs from France were common in the 1860s and 1870s. Two stereopticons are available for viewing stereographs. The large series of unidentified Kodak prints (ca. 1900) consists of views of the Matt Stewart Hardware Store, a parade, bicyclists and photographers in action, and various groups of people. They were probably taken in the area along the Mississippi River between Memphis and St. Louis. The lantern slides include Washington D. C. street scenes, churches, and federal buildings. The Panama slides are primarily of street scenes in Panama City and Colon and of the construction of the Panama Canal. Additionally, the collection includes two photographic prints which depict the river boat Robert E. Lee and Natchez under the hill.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Anderson, Samuel.
Archer, James J.
Beauregard, G. T. (Gustave Toutant), 1818-1893.
Blanks, A. L.
Breckenridge, John C. (John Cabell), 1821-1875.
Clark, Champ
Herrick, H. J.
Jackson, Stonewall, 1824-1863.
Jackson, William Henry
Lee, Robert Edward
Leeson, William H.
Mellen, George E.
Moses, Gustave A.
Price, Sterling
Rosser, Thomas L.
Sheridan, Philip Henry
Taylor, Richard
Washburn, William Watson
Zollicoffer, Felix Edward
Subjects (Places)
Baltimore (Md.)
Fort Sumter (Charleston, S.C.).
Groton (Mass.).
Manitou Springs (Colo.).
Mississippi River.
Mount Vernon (Va.).
Natchez (Miss.).
Panama Canal (Panama).
Pike's Peak (Colo.).
Rocky Mountains.
Saint Augustine (Fla.).
Vicksburg (Miss.).
Washington (D. C.).
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
African Americans.
Children and youth.
Rivers and streams.
White House (Washington, D.C.).
Subjects (Organizations)
Anthony, E. & H. T., & Co.
French & Company.
Gurney's Photograph and Fine Art Gallery.
Herrick & Dirr.

Related Material

Comprises the photographic component of the larger Natchez Trace Collection, housed at the same repository.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Natchez Trace Collection Photographs, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Detailed Description of the Collection

3Y423 Two photographic prints of the river boat Robert E. Lee and Natchez under the hill

3Y423 Identified persons, ca. 1860s - 1890s:
Civil War soldiers unidentified, ca. 1861-1865
Portraits of French military leaders, by Estienne of Paris, ca. 1860s
Unidentified persons, arranged by photographer/studio, ca. 1860s-1890s:
New Orleans and other Louisiana photographers
Vicksburg photographers
Natchez and other Mississippi photographers
Alabama and Tennessee photographers
Other photographers

3Y424 Places:
Scenes of Natchez[?], by Gurney's Photograph Gallery [see note in collection holding record], ca. 1860s
North Carolina, ca. 1870s
Massachusetts and Minnesota
Commercial views of Colorado, ca. 1870s - 1890s
France and the Philippines
Unidentified Kodak prints, probably from along Mississippi River, ca. 1900
Manuscript letterheads, 1831, 1859, and undated
Color slides of Natchez Trace Collection sheet music

3Y425 Photograph albums, ca. 1860s- 1870s:
Identified cartes-de-visite of the Archer, Turpin, Drake, Finnery
Families and others of the Vicksburg and Natchez, Mississippi areas
3Y426 Identified and unidentified cartes-des-visites

3Y427 Stereographs:
"Southern Scenery in and Around Vicksburg," by H. J. Herrick, ca. 1870s
"View of Vicksburg," by A. L. Blanks, ca. 1870s
"Views in Baltimore and Vicinity, MD.," published by E. and H. T. Anthony & Co., ca. 1860s
Views of rooms of the White House, published by J. F. Jarvis, 1873
Other places in the U.S., ca. 1860s - 1870s:
Thomaston, Maine
Mt. Washington (New Hampshire)
Fort Sumter, Florida
St. Augustine, Florida
Yosemite, California
Humorous scenes published by Griffith and Griffith, ca. 1900
"Stereoscopic Treasures," published by F. G. Weller, ca. 1871
American Stereoscopic Company, hand-colored scenic views and subjects, 1897-1901 and undated
"Gems of Statuary by Eminent Sculptors," possibly photographed by William England and published by the London Stereoscopic Company, ca. 1860s - 1870s
Views of France, various publishers, ca. 1860s - 1870s
Miscellaneous scenes, 1871, 1903, and undated
3Y428 French theater views, hand tinted:
"Actualities Theatricales," published by A. Marion, 1866-1872
"Les Theatres de Paris," published by B. K., ca. 1870

3Y429 Lantern slides:
Washington, D.C., views published by E. B. Thompson, ca. 1910
Panama and building of the Panama Canal, published by Williams, Brown, & Earle, and others, 1906-1914
Champ Clark, undated

3Y3b Cased photographs:
Porterfield family member, daguerrotype, undated
Murdock[?] family member, daguerrotype, undated
Unidentified and uncased daguerrotype, undated

3Y4 Large cased photograph:
Three persons actors[?] out of doors in costumes[?], unidentified and tintype undated

3S119b Postcards:
Den-Tex Hotel Court, Denison, Texas
Flooding along Mississippi River, 1912
Vicksburg and other Southern cities and places
Mount Vernon, Virginia
Groton and other Massachusetts
Booklet of views of Saint-Servan, France

2.325/X30 Artifact collection:
2.325/X9 Leather-bound cabinet card photograph album

3S236 Oversize Photographs