December 16, 2018

Primary Source Spotlight: Samuel Morse

Samuel Morse timelineSamuel Morse: Artist, Politician, PhotographerSamuel Morse: Invention of the TelegraphSamuel F.B. Morse Sent the First Telegraphic Message from America’s LibraryWhat Hath God Wrought? curator video about first telegramSamuel Morse image setSamuel Morse historic newspaper coverageSamuel F. B. Morse Papers at the Library of Congress, 1793 to 1919 (see collection highlights below)Art & Travel Childhood & Family Life … [Read more...]

Today in History: Mathew Brady

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 and clicking the links below.Mathew B. … [Read more...]

Today in History: Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre

Today in History–November 18–the Library of Congress features French photography pioneer Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, born on this day in 1789. The daguerreotype was a convenient and effective process which rapidly gained in the United States. Learn more about Daguerre and the daguerreotype by visiting the Today in History section and following the links below.America's First Look into the Camera: Daguerreotype Portraits and Views, 1839-1862 This collection consists of more than 725 … [Read more...]