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Formats and Processes: Cartes-de-visite


This is a selection of cartes-de-visite from the Photographic History Collection.

The sitters and photographers in this Learning Lab collection are well-known, lesser known, and unidentified. There are a number of photographs that are not portraits, including a stereoview of a cartes-de-visite studio.

Learning Lab collections, Seville CDV Collection and Photo Albums contain additional cartes-de-visite.

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Keywords: CDV, carte de visite, cartes de visite, portraiture, studio portrait, collectible photography, celebrity photography

NMAH Photographic History Collection

Power and Portraiture

Power and Portraiture highlights the ways in which artists and sitters use portraiture as a means to convey power. By analyzing portraiture, students will consider how power is visualized, gained, used, justified, and revoked. Students will explore the powerful contributions to the history and culture of the United States through portraits of the following individuals:

  • Rosa Parks
  • Belva Lockwood
  • Eunice Kennedy Shriver 
  • LL Cool J
  • Henrietta Lacks
  • An Unidentified Enslaved Woman

Objectives: After completing this lesson, students will be better able to: 

  • Examine how modern and contemporary artists use portraiture to reveal aspects of a sitter’s individual, community/cultural, and national identity. 
  • Identify key components of a portrait and discuss what one can learn about the sitter through these components. 
  • Discuss the artistic choices that portrait artists make and consider how such decisions can reveal the artists’ viewpoints and also influence the viewers’ understanding of the sitters’ identity. 
  • Use the museum’s collection as a gateway to investigating and exploring of the visualization of power.


Portraiture, Power, Rosa Parks, Civil Rights, Social Justice, Belva Lockwood, Women's Suffrage, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Disabilities, Special Olympics, LL Cool J, Rap Music, Henrietta Lacks, STEAM, Enslavement, Sally Hemings, #NPGteach

Nicole Vance

Jun 14 1925: Unidentified Stelfox Bee with corresponding field note

Arthur Wilson Stelfox collected this bee on the 14th of June 1925 and wrote the corresponding field notes on the collection.
Siobhan Leachman

Aug 2 1923: Stelfox Bee with corresponding field note 2-9-23

Unidentified bee collected by Stelfox on the 2nd of August 1923 at The Dingle, Ireland
Siobhan Leachman