History Collection
The photograph collection is one of the museum's largest and most significant.  The invention of photography in the mid-nineteenth century changed the way humans documented their world, and photographs, in a wide variety of formats, have been an integral part of the study of history, and our lives, ever since.

This collection includes examples from many different photographic mediums including early examples like daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes, as well as glass negatives, silver gelatin prints, magic lantern slides, photographic postcards, and more.  Some of the most recent additions to this collection exist only in a digital format.