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Stephen E. Ostrow
Former Chief, Prints and Photographs Division


Portfolio 1: An American Gallery
Portfolio 2: Pictorial Journalism
Portfolio 3: Politics and Propaganda
Portfolio 4: The World at Large
Portfolio 5: Architecture, Design, and Engineering
Portfolio 6: American Landscape and Cityscape

Defining Moments: A Chronology

Concordance of Images (Includes information on how to order copies of the images and a note about rights)

How to order print copies of the guide

Cover Photograph: John Plumbe, Jr. The United States Capitol from the East. Detail. Half-plate daguerreotype, circa 1846. The earliest surviving photograph of the Capitol, Plumbe's daguerreotype shows the Capitol with its old copper-sheathed wooden dome. This work was one of several daguerreotypes of Washington scenes and buildings--including the White House and the U.S. Patent Office--acquired by the Library in 1974.

Credits for the Print Version (1994)

This publication was made possible by generous support from the James Madison Council, a national, private-sector advisory council dedicated to helping the Library of Congress share its unique resources with the nation and the world.

The text for this guide was written by Bernard F. Reilly, Jr., with extensive contributions and research by C. Ford Peatross, Cristina M. Carbone, Harry L. Katz, Verna Posever Curtis, Beverly W. Brannan, Carol Johnson, and Elena Millie.

Photographs were taken by Jim Higgins.

Designers for the printed version of this guide were Robert Wiser and Laurie Rosenthal, Meadows & Wiser, Washington, D.C.

Credits for the World Wide Web Version

  • Ralph Eubanks, Publishing Office
  • Elizabeth F. Miller, Collections Services
  • Lynn E. Brooks, Information Technology Services
  • William S. Hamilton, Information Technology Services

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