About This Document

The contents of this document are nearly identical to a senior history thesis that I completed at Vassar College on February 20, 1995, and for which I shared Vassar's Sophia Chen Zen Award for best history thesis.

Thanks to Jim Merrell, my thesis advisor, and Mike O'Malley, under whom I did preliminary work, and to Andrew Mattison and Lisa Mackie for help with the HTML version.

Also, thanks to Gary Ewer of The Daguerreian Society and everyone else who has linked to this site.

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