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Portraits and Signatures Collection

Identifier: MA.00077

Scope and Contents

The Portraits and Signatures Collection is an artificial collection of engravings and photographs, being predominantly portraits of a variety of individuals both famous and unknown and including many signatures in reproduction. Subjects include George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and several other American presidents and statesmen; Lord Jeffery Amherst; Kings George III, George IV, George V and Queen Victoria of England; and several actors in character (George Alexander, John L. Toole). The collection also includes a series of engravings depicting scenes from Shakespeare's plays, several depictions of historic events in European history, and a small number of city views. Also of note are two photographs of teachers and children in the Freedmen's schools sponsored by the American Missionary Society, Norfolk, Virginia, ca. 1865. The collection also includes one folder of unidentified 19th century photographs.


  • Creation: circa 1825-1900

Conditions Governing Access

There is no restriction on access to the collection for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.


0.5 Linear feet (1 archives box)

Language of Materials



Artificial collection of engravings and photographs, predominantly portraits of a variety of individuals, as well as reproduced signatures. Subjects include American presidents, British monarchs, famous actors, Lord Jeffery Amherst, and others.


Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Peter Nelson, Kimberley Hickie.
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Encoding funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Repository Details

Part of the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections Repository

Amherst College Archives & Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
61 Quadrangle Drive
Amherst MA 01002-5000
(413) 542-2299