Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.
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March 1864. "Brandy Station, Virginia. Scouts and guides of the Army of the Potomac." From photographs of the main Eastern theater of the war, winter quarters at Brandy Station. Standing, left to right: James Doughty, James Cammack (?), unknown, Henry W. Dodd, unknown, unknown. Seated: John Irving, Lt. Robert Klein of the 3d Indiana Cavalry, Dan Cole. On ground: Dan Plue, Lt. Klein's son, W.J. Lee, unknown, Mr. Wood, Sanford Magee, John W. Langdon. Wet-plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Walter Reed Hospital flu ward." One of the very few images in Washington-area photo archives documenting the influenza contagion of 1918-1919, which killed over 500,000 Americans and tens of millions around the globe. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.