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Itinerant Photographer Diary, 1845-1847

Manuscript Collection #1188

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Title: Itinerant Photographer Diary
Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
Languages: English
Abstract: Diary (1845-1847) kept by a traveling New York daguerreotypist whose identity is unknown. He traveled throughout Eastern North Carolina (October 1846-January 1847) and wrote down his impressions of Edenton, Plymouth, Williamston, Greenville and Washington, North Carolina, as well as Norfolk, Virginia. A small portion of the diary includes instructions on how to clean daguerreotype plates and take good portraits.
Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 1 box, diary

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Accessions Information

November 17, 2011, (unprocessed) 2 items, .25 cubic feet; Diary (May 1845 – January 1847) kept by a traveling New York Daguerreotypist (name unknown). The diary reads as though it is divided into 5 sections: (1) Local New York Political Section (Sept.-Nov. 1846), (2) Travel to, and daguerreotype work in, North Carolina Section (10/20/1846 – 1/1847), (3) New York Temperance Law Section re the 1846 License Law (May 1845 – September, 1846), (4) Daguerreotype Section re how to clean daguerreotype plates and take good portraits (written by someone other than the author of the rest of the diary), (5) Recipes and Health Cures Section. The N.C. Section contains descriptions of Edenton, Plymouth, Williamston, Greenville, and Washington, N.C., and of Norfolk, Virginia. Diary dimensions are 6” x 8”. Accompanying the diary is a modern notebook prepared by either a previous owner or Cowan’s Auctions containing observations with supporting data related to possible identities of the daguerreotypist and transcribed excerpts from the diary with commentary.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions

Copyright Notice

Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Itinerant Photographer Diary (#1188), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

Acquisition Information

  • Purchased from Cowan's Auctions, Inc.

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