COLLECTION GUIDES

ca. 1860-1870

Guide to the Photograph Collection


Collection Summary

Abstract

Civil War-era carte de visite album compiled by William E. Perkins of Boston.

Biographical Sketch

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).

Collection Description

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

Vol. 1p. 1#267.01-267.02
Perkins, James Amory (1836-1863)Taken by J. A. Whipple, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 2#267.03
James, Garth Wilkinson "Wilkie" (1845-1883)Taken by an unidentified photographer.
Vol. 1p. 2#267.04
Perkins, Helen A.Taken by Levitsky, Paris.
Vol. 1p. 3#267.05
Perkins, Robert Shaw (1842-1873)Taken by G. K. Warren, Cambridgeport.
Vol. 1p. 3#267.06
Perkins, Robert Shaw (1842-1873)Taken by J. W. Black, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 4#267.07
Amory, NathanielTaken by J. W. Black, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 5#267.08
Abbott, H.Taken by G. K. Warren, Cambridgeport.
Vol. 1p. 5#267.09
Abbott, E. L.Taken by an unidentified photographer.
Vol. 1p. 6#267.10
Unidentified manTaken by an unidentified photographer.
Vol. 1p. 6-7#267.11-267.12
Abbott, Henry Livermore (1842-1864)Taken by J. W. Black, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 7#267.13
Abbott, Henry Livermore (1842-1864)Taken by G. K. Warren, Lowell.
Vol. 1p. 8#267.14
Abbott, Josiah Gardner (1814-1891)Taken by J. W. Black, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 8#267.15
Andrews, George Leonard (1828-1899)Taken by J. W. Black, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 9#267.16
Dwight, Wilder (1832-1862)Taken by J. A. Whipple, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 9#267.17
Cogswell, William (1838-1895)Taken by J. W. Black, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 10#267.18
Mudge, Charles R. (1840-1863)Taken by J. A. Whipple, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 10#267.19
Heath, William H.Taken by Meade Brothers, New York.
Vol. 1p. 11#267.20
Russell, Henry Sturgis (1838-1905)Taken by A. Sonrel, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 11#267.21
Shaw, Robert Gould (1837-1863)Taken by J. W. Black, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 12#267.22
Shaw, Robert Gould (1837-1863)Taken by J. A. Whipple, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 12#267.23
Unidentified officerTaken by J. W. Black, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 13#267.24
Oakey, DanielTaken by W. Klauser, New York.
Vol. 1p. 13#267.25
Oakey, DanielTaken by J. A. Whipple, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 14#267.26
Unidentified soldierTaken by J. A. Whipple, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 14#267.27
Unidentified manTaken by Wires, Milford, Mass.
Vol. 1p. 15#267.28
Fox, L. and an unidentified manTaken by J. A. Whipple, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 15#267.29
Mills, Charles H.Taken by Warren, Cambridgeport.
Vol. 1p. 16#267.30-267.31
Fox, Thomas B. (1839-1863)Taken by J. A. Whipple, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 17#267.32
Unidentified officerTaken by G. K. Warren, Lowell.
Vol. 1p. 17#267.33
Unidentified officerTaken by Meade Brothers, New York.
Vol. 1p. 18#267.34
Parker, Theodore K. (b. 1841)Taken by Meade Brothers, New York.
Vol. 1p. 18#267.35
Unidentified manTaken by W. Snell, Salem, Massachusetts.
Vol. 1p. 19#267.36
Unidentified manTaken by A. Marshall & Co., Boston.
Vol. 1p. 19#267.37
Parker, Theodore K. (b. 1841)Taken by K. S. Porter, Winchendon, Mass.
Vol. 1p. 20#267.38
Perkins, William E. (1838-1879)Taken by an unidentified photographer.
Vol. 1p. 20#267.39
Thompson, George J. (b. 1839)Taken by C. D. Fredricks & Co., New York.
Vol. 1p. 21#267.40
Fox, J.Taken by A. Marshall, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 21#267.41
Storrow, Samuel (1843-1865)Taken by J. A. Whipple, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 22#267.42
Weld, Stephen Minot (1842-1920)Taken by J. W. Black, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 22#267.43
Jarves, Horatio D. (1839-1883)Taken by G. K. Warren, Cambridgeport, Mass.
Vol. 1p. 23#267.44
Unidentified manTaken by J. W. Black, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 23#267.45
Stackpole, J. Lewis (1838-1904)Taken by J. W. Black, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 24#267.46
Russel, Cabot Jackson (1844-1863)Taken by J. A. Whipple, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 25#267.47
Simpkins, William H. (1839-1863)Taken by J. W. Black, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 25#267.48
Unidentified officerTaken by Case & Getchell, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 26#267.49
Ropes, Henry (d. 1863)Taken by unidentified photographer.
Vol. 1p. 26#267.50
Holmes, Oliver Wendell (1841-1935)Taken by Silsbee, Case & Co., Boston.
Vol. 1p. 27#267.51
Unidentified man, "Willard"Taken by unidentified photographer.
Vol. 1p. 27#267.52
Unidentified manTaken by Black & Batchelder, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 28#267.53
Lowden, A. J. C.Taken by Black & Batchelder, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 28#267.54
Putnam, William Lowell (1840-1861)Taken by J. A. Whipple, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 29#267.55
Lowden, A. J. C.Taken by Black & Batchelder, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 29#267.56
Unidentified manTaken by F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia.
Vol. 1p. 30#267.57
Jeffries, H. V.Taken by unidentified photographer.
Vol. 1p. 30#267.58
Unidentified manTaken by Black & Batchelder, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 31#267.59
Stevenson, Thomas G. (1836-1864)Taken by Black & Case, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 31#267.60
Lowell, Charles Russell (1835-1864)Taken by Black & Case, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 32#267.61
Storrow, Samuel (1843-1865)Taken by J. A. Whipple, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 32#267.62
Ropes, John C. (1836-1899)Taken by J. W. Black, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 33#267.63
Savage, James (1832-1862)Taken by J. W. Black, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 33#267.64
Robeson, Thomas R. (1840-1863)Taken by J. A. Whipple, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 34#267.65
Unidentified officerTaken by Black & Batchelder, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 34#267.66
Anderson, Robert (1805-1871)Taken by unidentified photographer.
Vol. 1p. 35#267.67
Unidentified men [officers in the 2nd Regiment]Taken by unidentified photographer.Tintype.
Vol. 1p. 35#267.68
Howes, Edwin A. (b. 1834)Taken by unidentified photographer.
Vol. 1p. 36#267.69
Army of the Potomac [generals]Published by E. & H. T. Anthony, New York.Composite photograph.
Vol. 1p. 36#267.70
Army of the West [generals]Published by E. & H. T. Anthony, New York.Composite photograph.
Vol. 1p. 37#267.71
Army of the Potomac [generals]Published by E. & H. T. Anthony, New York.Composite photograph.
Vol. 1p. 37#267.72
Unidentified viewTaken by unidentified photographer.
Vol. 1p. 38#267.73
Thomas, George Henry (1816-1870)Taken by unidentified photographer.
Vol. 1p. 38#267.74
Scott, Winfield (1786-1866)Taken by Silsbee, Case & Co., Boston.
Vol. 1p. 39#267.75
Burnside, Ambrose E. (1824-1881)Taken by M. B. Brady.
Vol. 1p. 39#267.76
McClellan, George B. (1826-1885)Taken by M. B. Brady.
Vol. 1p. 40#267.77
Banks, Nathaniel P. (1816-1894)Taken by Allen & Horton, Boston.
Vol. 1p. 40#267.78
Perkins, LieutenantTaken by Andrews, Davis & Co., Boston.
#267.79
Unidentified [Howe]Taken by J. W. Black, Boston.
#267.80
Homans, John (b. 1836)Taken by A. Sonrel, Boston.
#267.81
Sheridan, Philip H. (1831-1888)Published by Joseph Ward, Boston.
#267.82
Unidentified man [Howe]Taken by J. W. Black, Boston.
#267.83
McClellan, George B. (1826-1885)Published by William E. Abbott & Co., Boston.

Preferred Citation

William E. Perkins carte de visite album, Photo. Coll. 267, Massachusetts Historical Society Photo Archives.

Access Terms

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.

Persons:

Black, James Wallace, 1825-1896, photographer.
Perkins family--Photographs.
Sonrel, Antoine, -1879, photographer.
Whipple, John Adams, 1822-1891, photographer.

Organizations:

United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 2nd (1861-1864)--Photographs.
United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 20th (1861-1865)--Photographs.
United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 24th (1861-1865)--Photographs.
United States. Army. Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, 54th (1863-1865)--Photographs.
United States. Army--Officers--Photographs.

Subjects:

Boston (Mass.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Photographs.
Card photograph albums.
Cartes de visite.
Tintypes.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Photographs.