University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Mathew Brady Photographs, circa 1860s



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brady, Mathew B., approximately 1823-1896
Title: Mathew Brady photographs
Dates: circa 1860s
Abstract: The Mathew Brady Photographs, circa 1860s, depict Union and Confederate army officers and soldiers and scenes from the United States Civil War.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01181
Extent: 14 items
Quantity: 14 photographic prints
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

Mathew B. Brady (ca. 1823 - 1896) was a pioneer photojournalist, most famous for documenting the Civil War. Brady was born in New York to parents who had immigrated from Ireland. He studied photography under Samuel F. B. Morse, who had introduced photography to America. He opened a photography studio in New York in 1845, and in 1849 he moved to Washington, D.C. and opened a studio there, where he photographed several U. S. presidents and many politicians. During the Civil War he trained and employed 23 men to travel and photograph the events of the war; he also took many portraits of both Union and Confederate army officers. After the war, the popularity of Brady's images declined drastically and he was forced into bankruptcy, although in 1875 Congress purchased his negatives for $25,000. He died in 1896 and was buried in Washington, D.C.


Scope and Contents

Fourteen photographic prints, approximately 2 x 3 and 8.5 x 6.75 inches, depict Union and Confederate army officers and soldiers, ca. 1860s and scenes from the United States Civil War. Many photographs are unidentified; labelled images include photographs of General Ward Burnett, General Rufus King, and Major General Philip Sheridan. Other portraits possibly include a Union Cavalry sergeant, Francis W. Pickens, and P. G. T. Beauregard. Locations depicted in the collection include the ruins of the Confederate Arsenal at Richmond, Virginia, and General Lee's headquarters at Gettysburg.

Researchers should note that due to the number of photographers who worked for Brady's studio, it is impossible to definitively attribute work produced by the studio to a particular photographer.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Burnett, Ward B. (Ward Benjamin), 1811-1884
King, Rufus, 1814-1876
Sheridan, Henry Philip 1831-1888
Subjects
American Civil War (United States : 1861-1865)
Soldiers
Places
United States
Document Types
Photographs
Portrait photographs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mathew Brady Photographs, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, October 2008. Additions and Revisions made by Amy Bowman, December 2011.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Prints

box
3S51 [SRH1230027747] Photographs, 2 x 3 inches (11 photographs), circa 1861-1865
General
Includes photographs of General Ward Burnett and General Rufus King and several unidentified images.
box
3Fo2.1 [SRH1230016301] Photographs, 8.5 x 6.75 inches (3 photographs), 1863-1865
General
Includes photographs of General Philip Sheridan, the ruins of the Confederate Arsenal at Richmond, Virginia, and General Lee's Headquarters at Gettyburg.