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Jessie Tarbox Beals camera and photo

Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870–1942), one of the earliest women photojournalists, captured everything from a Rough Rider reunion to suffrage parades with the large-format camera seen in this self-portrait, ca. 1901–1903. The small box camera is thought to be Beals’s first, which she acquired in 1888. The library’s collections include a number of photographers who followed the trail blazed by Beals and others like her.

Jessie Tarbox Beals Papers

Jessie Tarbox Beals camera and photo