October 22, 2017

Today in History: Mathew Brady

Brady, the photographer, returned from Bull Run

Today in History–February 27–the Library of Congress features Mathew Brady who photographed presidential hopeful Abraham Lincoln before a speech on this day in 1860. At successful studio photographer, Brady set out to document the people, places and events of the Civil War. The historical impact of the endeavor is priceless but at the time, left him penniless. Find out more about the father of photojournalism by visiting the Today in History section, this brief Brady bio from the Prints & Photographs section and reviewing the resources listed below.

Mathew Brady portrait photographs

Mathew Brady Civil War photographs

Mathew Brady daguerreotype photographs

Mathew Brady glass negatives

Mathew Brady historical newspaper coverage

More Civil War primary source collections & teaching resources

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