Allen family photograph album ([ca. 1875]-1894)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, April 2013
Graphics Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Allen family photograph album
Creator: Allen, Eben, 1844-1914
Inclusive dates: [ca. 1875]-1894
Extent: 1 volume
The Allen family photograph album contains carte-de-visite and tintype portraits of various individuals, including members of the Allen family of Mayville, Michigan.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use

Acquisition Information


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation

Allen family photograph album, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Eben Allen (1844-1914) and his wife Catherine lived in Mayville, Michigan, in the late 19th century. Their children included Lyman, Madge, and Anna.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Allen family photograph album (13cm x 10cm) contains 22 cartes-de-visite, 13 tintypes, one lithograph, and one printed card. The cartes-de-visite and tintypes are studio portraits of men, women, and children. Most items show a single person, though some, such as a woman and a young baby, were photographed in pairs. The lithograph depicts a young girl holding a dog. An educational card, one of a series of "Little People Lesson Pictures" issued by the American Sunday-School Union (volume IV, number 1, part 5), is laid into the volume. The card has a colored print of a Biblical scene entitled "Beginning of the Hebrew Nation," and the reverse side has questions and answers about Abraham's journey to Canaan. The cartes-de-visite were made by photographers in locations such as Imlay City, Michigan; Owosso, Michigan; and Peterborough, Ontario. The volume's covers are leather, with a Maltese gold-embossed cross stamped in relief on each side.

Subject Terms

  • Photographs shelf.
Subjects - Visual Materials:
  • Bible. Old Testament.
  • Children--United States.
  • Mayville (Mich.)
  • Women--United States.
Genre Terms:
  • Card photograph albums--1870-1880.
  • Cartes de visite--1870-1880.
  • Lithographs--1870-1900.
  • Portrait photographs--1870-1880.
  • Tintypes--1870-1880.
  • Photomechanical prints--1870-1880.

Contents List (Request Materials)

Request materials for use in the Clements Library
Container / Location Title
Volume   1 [A.5.9.4]  
Allen family photograph album,  [ca. 1875]-1894 [series]

Additional Descriptive Data


"Eben Allen." Find A Grave. Web. 23 October 2013.

United States Census, 1900.