Spanning from the birth of photography to the atomic age, the Burns Archive houses the world’s largest private collection of early medical and historic photographs. Best known as one of the world’s most important repositories of
early medical history, the collection is made up of images of the darker side: anatomical and medical oddities, memorial and post-mortem photography, and original historic photographs depicting death, disease, disaster, crime, racism, revolution, riots, and war. The collection traces the history of photography from the birth of photography through the atomic age, and includes hundreds of thousands of Daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, carte de visites, and hand-colored photographs. The Burns Archive actively acquires, donates, researches, lectures, exhibits, consults, and shares its rare and unusual photographs and expertise worldwide.