Alexander B. Weeks Diaries,   1851,1870, and undated
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History

Biography:

Alexander B. Weeks was a photographer, and daguerreotypist from Brooklyn, New York. He worked as a daguerreotypist with David Keith in Poughkeepsie, New York, and for J. Gurney in New York City.

In April 1851, Weeks entered into a partnership with Charles Deforest Fredericks for the purposes of a voyage to South America. They sailed on May 19, 1851 to Pernambuco (now Recife, Brazil), where they established a daguerreotype gallery. Their work there was mainly portraiture, although they also took views of the city, waterfront, and harbor. On November 22, 1851, they embarked for Rio de Janeriro where they spent a few days on their way to Montevideo. In Montevideo, together with Saturnino Masoni and George Penabert, they established another daguerreotype gallery, which operated for two months. They visited Buenos Aires.

After returning to New York, Weeks operated a gallery in Brooklyn until January 1854, when he purchased Fredericks' share of the business and dissolved their partnership. From April 1854-1855, weeks had his own gallery in Toledo (Ohio). He worked at Moses Sutton's gallery in Detroit, 1856-1857.

Weeks married Sarah Ann Weeks. They had at least four children: Mary and Samantha, called “Manty,” Henrietta, and Richard. Sarah was still alive in 1870. (This information is from the collection and Cathy Murray, 2013.]