Early Photography Collection of Books, Manuals, Catalogs and Lenses


The Penumbra Foundation seeks funding to catalog a collection of early photographic books, manuals, catalogs, and lenses. The collection consists of 1,400 books and manuals on photography, including descriptions of rare photographic processes and camera and lens catalogs. The collection also includes 2,000 early camera lenses. Anticipated project timeline is two years.

Currently, the items housed in no particular order with physical browsing as the only way of searching the collection. Activities include organizing the collection, cataloging items in WorldCat, and opening a library for members and researchers by appointment. This will pave the way for the items to be digitized and placed online for a larger audience.


Digitizing Hidden Collections

Amount Awarded


Year Added



Penumbra Foundation (FKA Ebauche Foundation for the Arts)


  • Ms. Olivia Mueller (Penumbra Foundation)

Date Range

1840 - 1930

Geographic Scope

Europe and the United States


  • 3400 Artifact (Including Archaeological Objects, Weapons, Machinery, Instruments, Costumes, Textiles, Ceramics, Glass, Furniture, Etc.), Book (Including Serials)