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Vickery-Shettleworth Early Maine Photography Collection

Recorded on November 15, 2006

This presentation was given during a luncheon for the Friends of Collections.

In 2006, Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., Director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission and State Historian, made a generous gift to MHS of nearly 200 cased photographs. This collection is called the Vickery-Shettleworth Collection of Early Maine Photography. Included in the gift, made over a period of time, were daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes all of Maine subjects or made by Maine photographers. This was an extraordinary gift of significant material. These objects document a period from around 1840 through 1860 when photography was newly introduced in Maine and the United States. Most of the images are portraits and record the faces of governors, statesmen, artists and historians, and the everyday people of the state. Many of the items in the collection belonged to collector and historian James B. Vickery of Bangor. In this presentation, Shettleworth talks about the collection and shares many of the significant photos.