Guide to the Photograph Collection
Album of cartes de visite, primarily of Civil War military and political figures.
Albert Gallatin Browne, Jr. was born in Salem, Mass., on 14 February 1835, the first child of Albert G. and Sarah Smith (Cox) Browne. He was the youngest member of Harvard College's Class of 1853 and attended Dane Law School; in 1855, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Heidelberg. Like his father, Albert was an abolitionist, and after returning from abroad, he joined the law office of John Albion Andrew. He left Boston for a time to cover the Mormon Wars in Utah as a journalist, but returned to Boston and became Governor John A. Andrew's military secretary and liaison with the federal government during the Civil War. After the war, he had a career as a journalist and banker. Browne died in Boston in 1891.
Album containing 85 cartes de visite of notable Civil War-era figures, probably compiled by Albert Gallatin Browne, Jr. The majority of the photographs are of Union and Confederate Army officers. Although some of the images are unidentified, the album includes such notable figures as William Tecumseh Sherman, Abraham Lincoln, members of the Beecher family including Henry Ward Beecher and Lyman Beecher, Wendell Phillips, and Charles Dickens. Identified Massachusetts photographers include J. W. Black, J. A. Whipple, and Williams & Everett. Unless noted, photographers are unknown.
Gift of Warburton K. VerPlanck, May 1987.
Photographs are listed in the order in which they appear in the album.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Albert Gallatin Browne, Jr. carte de visite album, Massachusetts Historical Society.
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.