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Nathaniel Fish Moore photographs, 1855

Summary Information

At a Glance

Title:Nathaniel Fish Moore photographs, 1855
Physical description:0.42 linear ft. (1 document box)
Language(s):In English
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Arranged in one series: I. Photographs.


Scope and Content

The bulk consists of salt prints and albumen prints taken by Nathaniel Fish Moore. Copy prints, correspondence, and other material that document the photography of N.F. Moore are included. This collection contains an early photograph of Columbia College at Forty Park Place, New York City, and portraits of Pierre Toussaint and Clement Clarke Moore, the latter credited for the poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas", more commonly known as "The Night Before Christmas."

Using the Collection

Access Restrictions

Permission to view and handle prints is given by the Archivist, since salt prints are sensitive to light. The photographs have been scanned and are available for view in the online exhibition: Nathaniel Fish Moore Photographs

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Nathaniel Fish Moore Photographs; Box and Folder; University Archives, Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University in the City of New York.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Archives; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Albumen printsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Calotype printsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Salted paper printsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Silver gelatin printsPortalCLIOArchiveGRID


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CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Columbia University--Buildings.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Moore, Nathaniel Fish, 1782-1872.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Toussaint, Pierre, 1766-1853?PortalCLIOArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical Note

Born December 25, 1782 in Newtown, Long Island, the son of physician William Moore and Jane, daughter of Nathaniel Fish, N.F. Moore graduated from Columbia College in 1802 and served as adjunct professor of Greek and Latin at Columbia from 1817 to 1835. He later sold his personal library to the college and was appointed as the first "full-time" librarian in 1838. He became president of Columbia in 1842. His uncle, Benjamin Moore, also served as Columbia president earlier in 1801-1811.