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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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Eminence Noir: 1880

Eminence Noir: 1880

        "Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice."

-- President Trump, 2/1/2017

Washington, D.C., circa 1880. "Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), African-American abolitionist, seated, three-quarters length portrait." Wet plate stereograph negative, Brady-Handy Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

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