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The Museum's collection of portrait photographs includes images of personalities from the late 19th through 20th centuries, including Police Commissioner Richard Enright; Harper’s cartoonist Thomas Nast; inventor Samuel Morse; “master builder” Robert Moses; and one of the founders of the American Museum of Natural History, Daniel Giraud Elliot. The formats range from professional studio portraits, including formal sittings and Tableaux Vivant style compositions, to personal photographs, to more widely distributed press photos.
[Susan B. Anthony.]

[Susan B. Anthony.]


[Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe.]

[Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe.]


Mrs. O. H. P. Belmont

Mrs. O. H. P. Belmont


[George S. Bowdoin, Charles Lanier, J. Pierpont Morgan.]

[George S. Bowdoin, Charles Lanier, J. Pierpont Morgan.]


[Miss Caroline Murray Wilmerding (later Mrs. J. B. Trevor).]

[Miss Caroline Murray Wilmerding (later Mrs. J. B. Trevor).]


[Charles F. Murphy in Tammany Hall.]

[Charles F. Murphy in Tammany Hall.]


[Marianne Moore as freshman at Bryn Mawr.]

[Marianne Moore as freshman at Bryn Mawr.]


[Grover Cleveland.]

[Grover Cleveland.]


Maude Malone, Suffragette, N.Y. 1/31/07

Maude Malone, Suffragette, N.Y. 1/31/07


[Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Durst (neé  Rose Friedwald) with their daughter.]

[Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Durst (neé Rose Friedwald) with their daughter.]


[Louis Palma di Cesnola in the director's office at the Metropolitan Museum.]

[Louis Palma di Cesnola in the director's office at the Metropolitan Museum.]

Director of the Metropolitan Museum 1879-1904.

[Mrs. William Garner.]

[Mrs. William Garner.]

Possibly taken at a subscription ball at Delmonico's in 1872 or 1873.

[Mrs. William Howard Taft (neé Helen Louise Herron).]

[Mrs. William Howard Taft (neé Helen Louise Herron).]

Photograph by J. Knowles Bishop.

[Charles Lindbergh speaking at an America First anti-war rally at the Manhattan Center.]

[Charles Lindbergh speaking at an America First anti-war rally at the Manhattan Center.]


[Miss Emma Leavitt (later Mrs. William Fellowes Morgan).]

[Miss Emma Leavitt (later Mrs. William Fellowes Morgan).]


Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale


[Charles Dana Gibson.]

[Charles Dana Gibson.]

Photograph by Emery Reves-Biro.

Mrs. Buchanan Winthrop (neé Sarah Helen Townsend)

Mrs. Buchanan Winthrop (neé Sarah Helen Townsend)

William K. Vanderbilt Costume Ball. March 26, 1883.

[Andrew Haswell Green.]

[Andrew Haswell Green.]


Carrie Chapman Catt

Carrie Chapman Catt


Mrs. Sophia M. Loebinger, Treas'r Nat'l Progressive Suffrage

Mrs. Sophia M. Loebinger, Treas'r Nat'l Progressive Suffrage


[Vincent Impellitteri and two other men at a desk.]

[Vincent Impellitteri and two other men at a desk.]


[Mrs. Philip Lydig (neé Rita de Acosta).]

[Mrs. Philip Lydig (neé Rita de Acosta).]


[Mayor John V. Lindsay walking in Times Square.]

[Mayor John V. Lindsay walking in Times Square.]


[Mary Mapes Dodge.]

[Mary Mapes Dodge.]


[Thomas Nast at his desk.]

[Thomas Nast at his desk.]


[Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr.]

[Mayor Robert F. Wagner, Jr.]


Mr. James Otis

Mr. James Otis

William K. Vanderbilt Costume Ball. March 26, 1883.

Frederick Law Olmsted

Frederick Law Olmsted


[George D. Pratt.]

[George D. Pratt.]


[Dwight D. Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles talking on a bench on Morningside Drive.]

[Dwight D. Eisenhower and John Foster Dulles talking on a bench on Morningside Drive.]

Photograph by Patrick Burns.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt


[Quentin Roosevelt.]

[Quentin Roosevelt.]


[Henry Wheeler Shaw.]

[Henry Wheeler Shaw.]

Henry Wheeler Shaw was a 19th century humorist and public speaker known professionally as Josh Billings....

[William M. Tweed.]

[William M. Tweed.]


Mr. Allen Thorndike Rice

Mr. Allen Thorndike Rice

William K. Vanderbilt Costume Ball. March 26, 1883.

[Cornelius Vanderbilt.]

[Cornelius Vanderbilt.]


[August Belmont, Jr. in costume for a fancy dress ball.]

[August Belmont, Jr. in costume for a fancy dress ball.]


[Abraham Lincoln.]

[Abraham Lincoln.]

Copy of a photograph dated 1860.

Rev. Henry Ward Beecher

Rev. Henry Ward Beecher


[Henry Ward Beecher.]

[Henry Ward Beecher.]


Abe Attell vs.

Abe Attell vs. "Harlem" Tommy Murphy


[Peter Cooper and William Cullen Bryant.]

[Peter Cooper and William Cullen Bryant.]


[Mrs. Perry Belmont (neé Jessie Robbins).]

[Mrs. Perry Belmont (neé Jessie Robbins).]


[Henry LeGrand Cannon.]

[Henry LeGrand Cannon.]


[Countess Constantovitch (née Annie Cutting.)]

[Countess Constantovitch (née Annie Cutting.)]


[Alfred De Cordova.]

[Alfred De Cordova.]


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