Guide to the Photograph Collection
Civil War-era carte de visite album compiled by William E. Perkins of Boston.
William Edward Perkins (1838-1879) was the son of Boston merchant William Perkins (1804-1887) and Catherine Callender (Amory) Perkins (1838-1883). He had three siblings: James Amory Perkins (1836-1863); Helen A. Perkins, who married Dr. John Homans; and Robert Shaw Perkins (1842-1873). All three brothers were graduates of Harvard College, and two served in the Civil War. James Amory Perkins was a member of the 24th Massachusetts Infantry and was killed at Morris Island, South Carolina, in August of 1863. William served with the Forty-fourth and Second Massachusetts Infantry regiments. After the war, William became a lawyer and served three terms on Boston's Common Council (1871-1873) and two in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1874-1875).
Carte de visite album kept by William E. Perkins of Boston. The album contains cartes de visite of Perkins, his family, and associates, including members of the 2nd, 20th, 24th, and 54th Massachusetts Regiments. Photographers represented in this album include John A. Whipple, James W. Black, and Antoine Sonrel of Boston, among many others. The collection also includes a tintype (Photo. 267.67) of four unidentified men, members of the 2nd Regiment.
Organization of the Collection
Photographs are listed in the order in which they appear in the album with loose photographs listed at the end.
Detailed Description of the Collection
William E. Perkins carte de visite album, Photo. Coll. 267, Massachusetts Historical Society Photo Archives.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in ABIGAIL, the online catalog of the Massachusetts Historical Society. Researchers desiring materials about related persons, organizations, or subjects should search the catalog using these headings.