HISTORY: This collection grew out of the early collecting of the Mercantile Library. Long recognized for holding certain key photographically illustrated portfolios of the American West, such as those by Gardner and Houseworth, among others, it was only relatively recently that the Library expanded this collection to include more general works which have never been recorded as possessing early photographic illustrations.
SCOPE: Books are included from the mid nineteenth century to 1900, in all subjects, especially travel, biography, and art and architecture.
HOLDINGS: 100 volumes; approximately 500 images.
ACCESS: Special Collection M-134 is catalogued by title; special files exist on site. Portions of the collection may be photocopied, digitally scanned, or photographed, depending on condition.