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Archibald Slaymaker Glass Plate Negative collection

Identifier: S24
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Scope and Contents

There are 19 carte de visite photographs in the collection, including shots of Jefferson and Varina Davis, Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, John S. Mosby, and Braxton Bragg, as well as other Confederate officers. There are also 31 black and white prints and 39 extant glass plate negatives that feature members of the Slaymaker family, African American children and families, houses, and buildings in Clarke's Gap. 46 of the original glass plate negatives have been digitized and are available online.


  • Digitized: 2003


Conditions Governing Access

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Biographical or Historical Information

Archibald Slaymaker (1867-1939), the son of Amos Barr Slaymaker, owned and operated the Slaymaker-Whittier Dry Goods Store in Clarke's Gap, Virginia.

Invented and patented by Paris photographer Andre Disderi in 1854, the carte de visite, or card photograph, is a small photographic print, usually consisting of an albumen print mounted onto card stock. Carte de Visites are 2⅛ by 3½ inches, with paper mounts running slightly larger at 2½ by 4 inches. The process of creating and mounting cartes de visite did not become common in America until the 1860s, but by the Civil War they were enormously popular. Cartes de visite of notable figures became popular collector's items; on the home front, these portable portraits provided family keepsakes.


0.83 Linear Feet

2 boxes

Language of Materials



This collection is comprised of glass plate negatives and black and white photographs.The collection is largely family-centric, documenting the home and social life of the Slaymaker family in Virginia's Albemarle County during the years leading up to the Civil War. The collection also includes the typescript of a Slaymaker family history in the 20th century written by Addison Slaymaker, a Tampa resident and the donor of this historic photograph collection.

Arrangement Note

Materials are arranged according to type.

Source of Acquisition

Addison Slaymaker

Method of Acquisition


Related Materials

Archibald Slaymaker Glass Plate Negative collection, Digital Collections, USF Libraries, Tampa, FL.

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Repository Details

Part of the USF Libraries - Special Collections Repository

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Tampa FL 33620-5400 US