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"So Once Were We": Death in Early America
Exhibit Inventory

Colonial America

Confronting Mortality

Post-Mortem Photography: An Overview

  • Montgomery P. Simons, [unknown child holding flowers], hand-colored stereoscopic ambrotype in a Mascher case, Philadelphia: ca. 1859.  Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 1.16.
  • Harvey Cook Jackson, [young African American woman], silver gelatin print, Detroit: ca. 1920s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 13.2.
  • [Young Girl and her mother], carte-de-visite: ca. 1860s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.247.
  • A. D. Webster, [young girl and her sister], carte-de-visite, Constantine, Michigan: ca. 1860s-1870s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.272.
  • [Three infants], cabinet card: ca. 1880s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 3.46.
  • [Samuel and Georgie Marquett], hand-colored tintype: ca. 1850s-1860s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 2.10.
  • [Boy with dog], daguerreotype: ca. 1850s. [Uncataloged]
  • John Cadwallader, [child holding his/her shoe], carte-de-visite, Toledo, Ohio: ca. 1880s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.276.
  • J. W. Black & Company, [young girl in a buggy], Boston: ca. 1880s-1896. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 3.3.
  • Platt Photo Company, [young woman in a coffin], carte-de-visite, Ohio: ca. 1870s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.237.
  • [Child in a buggy, with lantern], cabinet cards and lantern: ca. 1870s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, items 23.1-3.
  • [Group of 41 men posing with the deceased], silver gelatin print: ca. 1900s-1920s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 13.24.
  • [Group of 47 men, women, and children posing with the deceased], silver gelatin print, Toledo, Ohio: ca. 1910s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 13.23.
  • [Group of six young men, standing and saluting beside deceased fellow Boy Scout], silver gelatin print: ca. 1920s-1930s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 14.26.
  • W. Jakubowski & Company, and Joseph Ziawinski, [wedding and post-mortem photographs of an unidentified woman], silver gelatin prints, Detroit: ca. 1920-1931. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, items 18.5-18.10.

Post-Mortem Photography: Examples by Photographic Type

  • Marcus A. Root, [portrait of Harriet Lamb], 1/2 plate daguerreotype, Philadelphia: 1853. Lamb-Sykes Family Papers.
  • [Boy in a coffin], ambrotype in a gutta-percha case with an oval glass window: ca. 1854-1865. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 1.17.
  • [Child lying in a crib], hand-colored tintype: ca. 1850s-1860s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 2.2.
  • [Mother holding her deceased child], hand-colored tintype: ca. 1850s-1860s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 2.4.
  • [Young girl lying on a table or a surface supported by chairs], tintype: ca. 1890s-1900s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.129.
  • [Mother holding her child], carte-de-visite, Martinique: ca. 1870s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.267.
  • Brooke, [father holding his child], carte-de-visite, Dundas: ca. 1870s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.250.
  • Edwin B. Ives, [young boy], carte-de-visite, Niles, Michigan: ca. 1870s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.268.
  • T. J. Plank, [young girl], carte-de-visite, Canastota, New York: ca. 1870s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.252.
  • Woodruff, [seated man with a beard], cabinet card, Pioneer, Ohio: ca. 1870s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 3.47.
  • Goeser, [man in a casket with a viewing window], cabinet card, Neola, Iowa: ca. 1880s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 3.10.
  • Sanford F. Lackey, [young girl], cabinet card, Elk Rapids, Michigan: ca. 1888-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 3.35.
  • [Portrait of an elderly woman], stereoscopic card: ca. 1870s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.138.
  • Burying the Dead, real photo postcard: ca. 1910s-1920s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.189.
  • [Superimposed photo of a man standing over his own corpse], real photo postcard, Lucas, Kansas: ca. 1910s-1920s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.173.
  • [Young girl], real photo postcard: ca. 1910s-1920s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.166.
  • [Body of young Walter Cartes], silver gelatin print: ca. 1910s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 5.15.
  • [Dog in a simple coffin], silver gelatin print: ca. 1920s-1930s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 14.17.

Post-Mortem Photography: Capturing the 'Right' Image

  • Sollitt, [two views of a child in a casket], cabinet cards, Chicago: ca. 1880s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, items 3.51 and 3.52.
  • [Two views of an infant], silver gelatin prints: ca. 1910s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, items 5.5 and 5.6.
  • Miller, [two views of a young girl], silver gelatin prints, Greenville, Pennsylvania: ca. 1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, items 5.1 and 5.2.
  • Patton & Dietrich, [young girl], cartes-de-visite, Reading, Pennsylvania: ca. 1861-1869. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, items 4.235 and 4.236.
  • [Young girl], hand-colored tintype: ca. 1890s-1900s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.131.
  • [Young girl], hand-colored tintype: ca. 1850s-1860s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 2.2.
  • R.C. Houser, [Franciska "Frances" Radke], cabinet cards, Michigan City, Indiana: 1894. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, items 3.1 and 3.2.

Modern Embalming

  • Clarke, J. H. Clarke's Text-book on Embalming, Illustrating and Describing the Anatomy of the Human. Springfield, Ohio: Clarke Chemical Works, 1888.
  • The Embalmers' Monthly, vol. 12, no. 1. Chicago, Ill.: Trade Periodical Co.: 1892.
  • Plaster Practice Face: [early 20th century]. Loan from the Collection of Embalmer David E. Wolfe, courtesy Mr. Wolfe. [Not part of the William L. Clements Library holdings.]
  • [Unidentified man on a cooling table], silver gelatin print: ca. 1900s-1910s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 20.7.
  • Embalming and cosmetic instruments of Lowell M. Clapp, Kalkaska, Michigan, undertaker from 1907 to 1935. Loan from the Collection of Embalmer David E. Wolfe, courtesy of Mr. Wolfe. [Not a part of the William L. Clements Library holdings.]

Undertakers and Hearses

  • A. G. McMichael, [Group photograph including 13 Michigan undertakers], silver gelatin print, Detroit: ca. 1890-1905. David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography [Loaned to the William L. Clements Library for this exhibit].
  • Leslie R. Gault, [Exterior view of a furniture and casket business], cabinet card, Ionia, Michigan: ca. 1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.10.
  • [Interior view of an undertaker's parlor], cabinet card: ca. 1870s-1880s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 3.11.
  • [Storefront of E.C. Blighton, undertaker], cabinet card, [Olean, New York]: ca. 1880s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.11.
  • Hopkins & Wilbur, Dealers in Furniture & Undertaking, printed advertisement, Pittsfield, Massachusetts: 1882. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 10.29.
  • [Horse-drawn hearse of C.E. Weeks & Company], carte-de-visite: ca. 1860s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.288.
  • C. E. Mapes Photograph Album, Durand, Michigan: ca. 1903-1930. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, box 15.
  • Mary Marble to Jane Day, New Haven, [Connecticut]: March 18, 1850. Marble Family Papers.
  • [Italian Hall funeral procession], silver gelatin print, Calumet, Michigan: ca. 1913. David V. Tinder Collection of Michigan Photography.
  • [Carriage hearse pulled by an automobile, with sign marked "Kaiser's Goat"], real photo postcard: World War One era. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.229.

Burials

Funerals

  • Lacey Baker Journal, Arlington, [Massachusetts?]: 1812-1836. Blandina Diedrich Collection. [Uncataloged]
  • Susan Farley to her mother, Detroit: September 7, 1834. Farley Family Papers.
  • Edward Fenno to Maria Hoffman, New Orleans: January 23, 1819. Fenno-Hoffman Family Papers.
  • Lyman Hobbs to Daniel Hobbs, New Orleans: November 10, 1833. American Science and Medicine Collection.
  • C. Miller, [Judge Birch speaking at the funeral of a member of the Hyde family], Elk City, Oregon: ca. 1893-1894. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 8.14.

Floral Arrangements and Memorial Cards

  • Memorial Card Company, Descriptive Catalog and Price List : Memorial Cards, Prayer Cards, Mourning Stationery, Verses, Prayers, Portrait Copying, Etc., Etc., Philadelphia: [after 1877]. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 14.35.
  • Art Memorial Publishing Company, [Cyrus McKean's memorial card], Philadelphia: 1888. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 3.166.
  • [Anna Parr's memorial card], 1901. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 3.187.
  • [Libbie Townsend's funeral card], 1861. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 10.23.
  • George Mitchell, [William Sutherland's memorial card], Greenfield, Indiana: 1893. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography., item 3.174.
  • Democrat Print, [William Oscar' funeral card], Eaton: 1855. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 10.23.
  • Hardy & Yarnall. Natural Flowers Embalmed by the Oriental Process. [Philadelphia: 1870].
  • Home Photo Co., [Floral arrangement for an unidentified woman, with pasted-on portrait photograph], albumin print, Williamston, Michigan: ca. 1880s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 9.2.
  • Bundy, [Floral arrangement for an unidentified woman, re-photographed with portrait laid over the original print], silver gelatin print, Terre Haute: ca. 1900s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 9.6.
  • [Floral arrangement for an unidentified woman], albumin print: ca. 1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 9.7.
  • Tubbs, [Floral arrangement for an unidentified woman], silver gelatin print, Grand Haven, Michigan: ca. 1890s-1900s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 9.1.
  • [Floral arrangements for an unidentified child], [silver gelatin print?]: ca. 1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 14.5.
  • [Joshua Turner Mull floral arrangements], albumin print: ca. 1880s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography., item 22.1.
  • [Joshua Turner Mull], cabinet card: ca. 1880s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 22.2.

Mourning Fashion

  • H. G. Hughson, [woman dressed in deep mourning clothes]: ca. 1880s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.13.
  • [Woman dressed in deep mourning clothes], tintype: [19th century]. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.136.
  • Van Aken, [woman dressed in deep mourning clothes, with a miniature portrait brooch], Elmira, New York: ca. 1880s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.18.
  • [Woman dressed in an elegant "ordinary" mourning dress, with a portrait of her child]: ca. 1870s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.16.
  • The Maynard Art Gallery, [family in mourning clothes with a portrait of their child], Napoleon, Ohio: ca. 1880s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.17.
  • Charles Hamer, [man in a black suit, with a portrait of a child], Columbus, Ohio: ca. 1880s-1890s. Mark A. Anderson Collection of Post-Mortem Photography, item 4.15.
  • Godey, Louis Antoine. Godey's Lady's Book. Philadelphia: L. A. Godey, 1830.
  • Mourning Catalogue: Philadelphia Family Mourning Store, Besson & Son, No. 206 Chestnut Street, Five Doors Above Eighth : Sept. 1, 1856. Philadelphia: King & Baird, 1856.
  • Julia Sherman to Eliza F. Bean, Sandwich Centre, [New Hampshire]: October 22, 1843. Hoit Family Papers. [Uncataloged]

Monuments and Stone Work

Cemeteries

George Washington and Abraham Lincoln

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