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Woman with expansive collar bow and close-fitted necklace

Identifier: ELIBR0254-CarteDeVisite-045

Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

A collection of images representing the carte-de-visite, a form of calling card that gained popularity in Europe and the United States during the 19th century. The photographs are either pre, post, or during the U.S. Civil War. One notable item is a photograph taken by William Friese-Green, often credited as the inventor of motion pictures. This collection was acquired by the Library when the International Museum of Art and Science (IMAS) deaccessioned their collection in 1985.

Cartes de visite are card photographs that were generally produced as albumen prints from wet collodion negatives. Studios produced these types of photographic cards en masse.

Digitized images from this collection are accessible via our institutional repository.


  • Majority of material found within 1860 - 1884


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley assumes no responsibility.


1 Photographic Prints : b&w ; 10 x 6 cm

Language of Materials



"Thomas P. Bishop, Bay City, Michigan"

Repository Details

Part of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Special Collections and Archives, Edinburg Campus Repository

ELIBR 1.104
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