Craig's Daguerreian Registry

Welcome to the on-line version of Craig's Daguerreian Registry, the acknowledged resource for collectors, dealers and historians interested in the pre-1860 period of American photographic history.

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PLEASE NOTE: This on-line version of the Registry is NOT current -- it has not been updated since 1998. Its purpose is to get you started on research, and to encourage you to invest in the updated PRINTED version. I make entries in my database almost on a daily basis; so if you are researching a specific pre-1860 photographer, and want the most up-to-date information we have, please feel free to call or e-mail.

Craig's Daguerreian Registry is a unique compilation and cross-indexed reference to the Practioners of the Art of the Daguerreotype in the United States from 1839 to 1860. Included as well are members of the Allied Professions including casemaking, apparatus and accessory manufacturing and distribution, coloring, die-engraving, &c.

The Registry is the outgrowth of more than 25 years of research and interest in American photographic history. It has involved not only my own research, including a line-by-line reading of more than 1500 American city business directories on microfiche, but also contributions from collectors, dealers and other researchers around the world. The Registry is an on-going project, with updates to individual entries made as new material becomes available.

Where does this "new material" come from? It comes from YOU. You've come to this site for a reason--to see what material is available on a specific photorgapher, or to compare the information in the Registry with research you've been doing, perhaps on all the photographers in your geographic area. Your contribution to photographic history is only a mouse-click away. If you can make a contribution of a new photographer, or document a correction needed in the Registry, or even want to discuss conflicting information you have, my e-mail address is open 24 hours a day. My goal with Craig's Daguerreian Registry is not glory; and no one has ever gotten rich compiling reference books--my goal is HISTORICAL ACCURACY, and you are an important part of that goal.

This on-line version of Craig's Daguerreian Registry is designed for convenience; it is not designed to replace the printed volumes that are available. We hope that many of you who visit here will find this material unseful and fascinating enought to want to add the printed version to you reference shelf. Information on purchasing the current edition of the Registry will be found on the Order page.

Using Craig's Daguerreian Registry On-Line

At the moment, you can dig into Craig's Daguerreian Regisry and find whatever biographical information we have on any daguerreian. Clicking on any of the letter links above will bring up an alphabetical listing of daguerreians at the left (Several letter entries contain multiple sub-sections). Scroll the list to find the daguerreian you want, and click on his name. Clicking on the "New Search" link at the bottom of any entry will take you back to the beginning of that section.

Documented source references for information on a specific photographer will be found in the printed version of the Registry. There are, however, some collectors, researchers and historians who made major contributions to the accuracy and thoroughness of the Registry, and who deserve all the credit and thanks I can give them. You will find them prominently noted as Contributors.

Please report any errors, ommissions, corrections or changes through our e-mail connection. Quite honestly, I have not checked each one of the 8700+ links to assure that the computer generated them correctly. If something doesn't link properly, it's probably us, not you!