Photo album collection, 1850s-1942

2 boxes and 3 volumes (2.25 linear feet)

Scope and Content Note
The Longmeadow Historical Society photo album collection contains photos collected by Longmeadow residents. The majority of the albums are collections of unidentified cartes de visite, though some sitters in the Booth family and the David T. Smith family albums are identified.

A set of three albums contains over 700 cartes de visite of well known (and largely identified) sitters from the worlds of literature, politics, religion, science, education, and the military. Individuals include Laura Bridgman, George Armstrong Custer, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lydia Hunt Sigourney, Asher B. Durand, Walt Whitman, P. T. Barnum, Tom Thumb, and many others. Based on Sarah Storrs’ inventory of household goods (page 15; see Accessions, Box 1), the albums were possibly compiled by Professor Richard Salter Storrs (1830-1884).

Additionally, one of the albums contains images of Amherst College, Professor Storrs’ alma mater. The collection also includes an album of photographs of the Richard Salter Storrs Library, which includes interior and exterior shots, photos of exhibitions and displays, and of visiting authors (1933-1942).
Box Listing

Creator and volume title Date range Box
Oldfield, Ruth E.- Richard Salter Storrs Library 1933-1942 1
Unknown – Booth Family 1850s-1880s 1
Unknown – Cabinet card photographs 1880s 1
Dr. Thomas L. Chapman – Carte de visite album 1865 2
Unknown – David T. Smith Family Cartes de Visite album Undated 2
Unknown – David T. Smith Family Cartes de Visite album 1860s 2
Prof. R.S. Storrs – Carte de visite albums 1850s – 1880s 3 boxed volumes


  • Amherst College--Pictorial works
  • Photographs--Collectors and collecting
  • Public libraries--Massachusetts--Longmeadow
  • Storrs, Richard Salter (1830-1884)
Types of material
  • Cabinet photographs
  • Cartes-de-visite (Card photographs)
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs