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Mathew B. Brady photograph of President James Buchanan

Mathew B. Brady photograph of President James Buchanan

Dates: 1857

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

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Brady, Mathew B., ca. 1823-1896
  • Call Number: MSS 7985
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Photograph Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Technical Requirements
Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
Maintained in original order.
Conditions of 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.
Dimensions: 19 x 14 cm., 36 x 28 cm. border.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7985; Mathew B. Brady photograph of President James Buchanan; Photograph Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7985, LTPSC.
Custodial History
This collection was purchased from Vintage Works, LTD. in 2011.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Vintage Works LTD.; 2011.
Subject Terms
Buchanan, James, 1791-1868--Photographs; Images; Material Types
Genre / Form
Photographs; Salted paper prints
Processing Information
Processed; Lionel Thomas, student photograph processor; 2011.
Appraisal Information
Photographs (Photograph Archives).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Brady (Mathew B.) photograph of President James Buchanan
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lionel Thomas
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-12-08T15:51-0700
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

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.

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