On view through July 31, 2024

Albums could be found in almost every household in the United States by the late nineteenth century. The rise of commercial photography and color printing at this time created an abundance of pictures, and albums provided a way to organize, preserve, and share them. Some albums feature family photos, colorful advertisements, or portraits of celebrities; others document travel, war, or historical events. Though most albums contain images that were mass produced, each is a unique assemblage. This exhibition highlights a small sample of the many different types of nineteenth-century albums in the collection of the Boston Athenaeum.