01/AR0807 Guide to the Charles D. Fredricks Collection Fredericks, Charles D. Finding Aid Authors: EA.

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Guide to the Charles D. Fredricks Collection Manuscripts Overview of the Collection Charles D. Fredricks Collection 1860 - 1870 01/AR0807 0.50 English Manuscripts A collection of ambrotypes, cartes de visite, and correspondece belonging to Charles Deforest Fredricks. Administrative History:

The Charles Deforest Fredricks Collections is comprised of ambrotypes, cartes de visite, and correspondence. Charles D. Fredricks began his career in photography by chance; a trip to South America to visit his brother and an experience to see the process of creating daguerreotypes sparked his interest in photography. His first studio was in Paris in the early mid-19th century where he learned how to create Talbotypes. This type of photograph used a process which transferred the image onto paper, making the photographs more portable. With his experiences and skills from his time in Paris, Fredricks moved to New York City and brought to the city, as well as the country, the cartes de visite craze.

For twenty years in the mid-to-late 19th century, the photography studio of Charles D. Fredericks was the grandest and most chic gallery in New York City. Success in New York gave Fredricks the chance to travel. On one of his travels to Havana, Cuba, Fredricks began to document the city and later opened up a studio. Fredricks continued to add to his portfolio until the late 19th century. With a focus on the growth of cities in South America and Cuba, Fredricks also shot many prominent politicians, Civil War heroes, and actors. Leaving behind an indelible mark in the world of photography, Charles D. Fredricks passed away in 1894 in New York City.

References

Historic Camera. (2002-2012). Charles D. Fredricks Profile. Retrieved from http://historiccamera.com/cgi-bin/librarium2/pm.cgi?action=app_display&app=datasheet&app_id=237

Administrative Information Appraisal Information:

2014-34

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Charles D. Fredricks Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Related Materials:

The Civil War and its Aftermath: Diverse Perspectives; Univeristy Photography Collection

Information about related materials is available at http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/CWADP/; http://findingaids.library.unt.edu/index.php?p=collections/findingaid&id=91&q=university+photography+collection#.U7WQqPldXTo

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

Collection is housed in the UNT Archives and Rare Book department vault. Advance notice for use is preferred. Please contact the UNT Archives and Rare Book department for further information.

Arrangement of Materials:

This collection is arranged by object type. The correspondence is arranged chronologically, while both the ambrotypes and the cartes de visite are arranged by identification of the subject. All of the photographs do not include a concrete date, though they are dated from c.1860s-1870s.

Detailed List of Contents id89149 1 Correspondence and Photography 1860s-1870s 706650 Scope and Contents

This box contains two series: Correspondence, from 1864 and 1865 and photography, from 1860s-1870s. The correspondence series includes letters from Louise Fredricks, Henry A. Avery, and Oliver D. Taylor to Charles D. Fredricks. The photography series is composed of ambrotypes and cartes de visite. The ambrotypes are unidentified. The cartes de visite include four identified photographs: Fredicks himself, his wife, Mrs. W.R. Blake, and Madoline Henriguez.

id89154 1 1 Correspondence 1864-12-21 Scope and Contents

This letter is from Henry A. Avery to Charles D. Fredricks. In his letter from New York City, Avery details the goings-on since their last correspondence including inquiries into Fredrick's time in Havana, Cuba. Avery discusses business of the New York Studio with Fredrick's, noting what has gone on since Fredricks left for Cuba. Avery's discussion also includes his trip to the Paris studio.The letter is 15 pages in length.

id89156 1 2 Correspondence 1865-04 Scope and Contents

These letters are from Louise Fredricks and O.D. Taylor to Charles D. Fredricks. In her letter from Summit, New Jersey on April 18, 1865, Louise details the goings-on since their last correspondence including inquiries into Fredrick's time traveling in Havana, Cuba. She notes that she has received four of his letters and furthers that the nation is in mourning for President Abraham Lincoln. In his letter from New York City on April 19, 1865, Oliver D. Taylor details the goings-on since their last correspondence including inquiries into Fredrick's time in Havana, Cuba. He notes that the city's businesses have been halted since the death of President Abraham Lincoln. He also mentions that he has been with his ill brother since last night and will be able to send money to Fredricks for the lottery. In her letter from Summit, New Jersey on April 25, 1865, Louise details the goings-on since their last correspondence including inquiries into Fredrick's time in Havana, Cuba. She notes that she has received his letters and one in particular written on Good Friday was a devastating day for America as that was when President Abraham Lincoln was killed. The day she is writing the letter is the day that Lincoln's memorial is passing though the city of New York. She mentions that their daughter Allie has woke up with a earache and is cross, though she still sends a kiss to her father. She closes that all send love.

id89175 1 Double ambrotype - Portrait of a Woman and Child c.1870s id89176 1 Ambrotype - Portrait of a Man c.1870s id89167 1 Portrait of a Young Girl c. 1860s-1870s Scope and Contents

The carte de visite includes the C.D. Fredrick's business insignia with all three studio locations.

id89180 1 Portrait of a Young Woman c. 1860s-1870s Scope and Contents

The carte de visite includes the C.D. Fredrick's business insignia with all three studio locations.

id89181 1 Portrait of a Man c. 1860s-1870s Scope and Contents

The carte de visite includes the C.D. Fredrick's business insignia with all three studio locations.

id89182 1 Portrait of a Young Man c. 1860s-1870s Scope and Contents

The carte de visite includes the C.D. Fredrick's business insignia with all three studio locations.

id89183 1 Portrait of a Man c. 1860s-1870s Scope and Contents

The carte de visite includes the C.D. Fredrick's business insignia with all three studio locations.

id89184 1 Portrait of a Man c. 1860s-1870s Scope and Contents

The carte de visite includes the C.D. Fredrick's business insignia with all three studio locations.

id89185 1 Portrait of a Man c. 1860s-1870s Scope and Contents

The carte de visite includes the C.D. Fredrick's business insignia with all three studio locations.

id89186 1 Portrait of a Young Boy c. 1860s-1870s Scope and Contents

The carte de visite includes the C.D. Fredrick's business insignia with the Havana studio location.

id89187 1 Portrait of a Young Man c. 1860s-1870s Scope and Contents

The carte de visite includes the C.D. Fredrick's business insignia with the New York Studio location.

id89188 1 Portrait of a Man c. 1860s-1870s Scope and Contents

The carte de visite includes the C.D. Fredrick's business insignia with the New York Studio location.

id89189 1 Portrait of Mrs. W.R. Blake c. 1860s-1870s Scope and Contents

The carte de visite includes the C.D. Fredrick's business insignia with the New York Studio location.

id89190 1 Portrait of Mrs. Charles D. Fredricks (Louisa Fredricks) c. 1860s-1870s Scope and Contents

The carte de visite includes the C.D. Fredrick's business insignia with the all three studio locations.

id89191 1 Portrait of Charles D. Fredricks c. 1860s-1870s Scope and Contents

The carte de visite includes the C.D. Fredrick's business insignia with the all three studio locations.

id89192 1 Portrait of Madoline Henriguez c. 1860s-1870s Scope and Contents

The carte de visite includes the C.D. Fredrick's business insignia with the Havana studio location.