Emmet Collection of Manuscripts Etc. Relating to American History

Collection Data

These images offer an extensive array of visual documentation-in portraits, scenes, and views-of the people, places, and events that shaped the new American nation. They represent a holding of 10,240 visual items that is part of even larger collection of some 30,000 items assembled by the New York physician Thomas Addis Emmet (1828-1919), and donated to the Library in 1896 by trustee John Stewart Kennedy. Like other 19th-century collectors, Emmet presented his pictorial Americana as "extra-illustrations," binding them, in his case, into classic American history texts to illustrate relevant passages and to enrich the texts visually and intellectually. In the same way, he also assembled images and manuscripts to document the published proceedings of the Albany Congress and the Continental Congress. Emmet developed a passionate interest in American history after a boyhood visit to Philadelphia, when he first saw the original Declaration of Independence, and went on to collect, for some fifty years, drawings, engravings, maps, and manuscripts relating to the American Revolution and the early history of the United States. Other portions of the Emmet Collection not represented in this collection are manuscripts, in the Manuscripts and Archives Division, and Maps in The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division.
Emmet, Thomas Addis, 1828-1919 (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1765 - 1896 (Approximate)
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Print Collection
Shelf locator: MEZP
United States -- History
Content: Relief shown by hachures.
Type of Resource
Still image
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 491273d0-c605-012f-4af6-58d385a7bc34
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