Charles D. Mosher papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1876–1915
Survey Repository: 

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

3.5 linear feet of material consisting of a register, autograph book, 5 centennial albums, a scrapbook, and miscellaneous letters that document Charles D. Mosher's work as a photographer in Chicago plus his other interests. Includes a set of leatherbound volumes (2), entitled "Mosher's memorial offering to the city of Chicago for the centennial 1876," that comprise a photograph register (listing names, addresses, brief biographical data, and photonegative numbers of people who posed for Mosher) and an autographs volume containing signatures of famous Chicagoans. The 5 centennial albums contain brief biographies, photograph holders, and autographs of prominent Chicagoans of 1876. A scrapbook (c. 1880s-1900s) contains news clippings, photographs, and a few letters from Mosher's famous clients.

 

Biographical Historical Note

Charles D. Mosher was an American photographer who established his own studio in Chicago around the time of the Civil War. In the early 1880s he assembled a collection of numerous cabinet-sized portrait photographs and corresponding biographical information into a “memorial collection” intended to serve as a kind of time capsule, to be opened at the nation’s bicentennial in 1976. He was a charter member of the National Photographic Society.

Additional Notes

Related collections: Autograph Letterbooks, Chicago History Museum.