The Photography Collection

The collection of over 600,000 images has given support for research, publications, and exhibits. The photographic collection traces the historical, technological, and artist developments of the medium. The collection includes daguerreotypes, salt prints, ambrotypes, tintypes, stereographs, cyanotypes, cabinet cards, gelatin-silver prints, and recently color-prints. The Museum also has an extensive collection of approximately 20,000 post cards depicting a wide variety of maritime related activities including life saving, harbors and towns, ships portraits and construction, naval ships and deck scenes.

A partial listing of the scope and significance of the collections includes:

  • Whaling Sailing Ships
  • USS Monitor
  • Fishing Activities
  • Ocean Liners/Steamships
  • Lighthouses and Keepers
  • Disaster at sea
  • Lifesaving
  • Hampton Roads Port of Embarkation
  • Immigration
  • U.S. Navy History
  • Yachting
  • Sailing Ships
  • Americas Cup
  • River Steamers
  • Chesapeake Bay
  • Ship Design
  • Recreational Boating
  • New York Harbor
  • Port Cites
  • Ship Construction
  • Spanish-American War
  • Great Lakes
  • Commercial Shipping
  • Early diving and salvage
  • Civil War at Sea


Edwin Levick Collection

A. Aubrey Bodine Collection

HRPE Collection

David Barry

Percy Loomis Sperr

Samuel Bourne

Nathaniel Livermore Stebbins


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