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Title: Charles D. Fredricks Collection, 1860 - 1870Add to your cart.
ID: 01/ AR0807
Primary Creator: Fredricks, Charles Deforest.
Extent: 0.5 Boxes
Arrangement: 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.
Date Acquired: 06/24/2014
Languages: English


A collection of ambrotypes, cartes de visite, and correspondence belonging to Charles Deforest Fredricks.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

A collection of ambrotypes, cartes de visite, and correspondence belonging to Charles Deforest Fredricks.

Collection Historical Note

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.


Historic Camera. (2002-2012). Charles D. Fredricks Profile. Retrieved from

Biographical Note

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.


Historic Camera. (2002-2012). Charles D. Fredricks Profile. Retrieved from

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Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

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

Physical Access Note:

Collection is housed in the UNT Special Collections department vault. Advance notice for use is preferred. Please contact the UNT Special Collections department for further information.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Acquisition Method: Purchase
Appraisal Information: 2014-34
Related Materials: The Civil War and its Aftermath: Diverse Perspectives; Univeristy Photography Collection For more information please see;
Preferred Citation: Charles D. Fredricks Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections


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  • Box 1: Correspondence and Photography, 1860s-1870sAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

    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.

    Barcode: 706650

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