SAM is inviting you to join project Daguerreobase. Daguerreobase is an online application designed to contain detailed information about daguerreotypes. Members can view, edit and store records of individual daguerreotypes and establish relations to other records based on a wide range of characteristics. This includes collections, owners, creators, hallmarks, housing models, sizes, materials and free text descriptions.

Joseph von Pasqualati

Joseph von Pasqualati

The Daguerreobase is intended as an non-profit research project to collect and generate as much knowledge on daguerreotypes as possible, to the benefit of all those interested: institutions, researchers, conservators, traders and owners, both professional and non-professional.

Some of the currently represented collections
Prentenkabinet Leiden, Museum Joh. Enschedé, Fotomuseum Provincie Antwerpen, Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Streekarchief Bommelerwaard, Huis Doorn, Dordrechts Museum, Fries Museum, private collections and others.

The upcoming months, Daguerreobase will be renewed and transformed into a multilingual platform to serve the public, collectors, collection keepers and all who is interested in (historical) photography and history, with daguerreotype descriptions and access to historical literature in at least 10 European languages. We do expect to have the renewed Daguerreobase operational at the end of September 2013, from when the consortium will continue to bring more data available and develop activities related to the daguerreotype, such as the launching of a 4-monthy journal and an online Daguerreotype Masterpieces exhibition.

Currently, members of the Daguerreobase project will start adding new records into this version of Daguerreobase. The project’s objective is to have available a number of 3500 daguerreotype descriptions by the beginning of September 2013. As well private as institutional collectors are encouraged to register as a member and to share their collections by adding records into Daguerreobase. If you don’t know ho to start or first like to learn more about the conditions of the Daguerreobase project, please contact us at

Renewing of Daguerreobase is made possible with the financial support through a FP7-program project of the European Commission. This website is developed with the financial support by Mondriaan Stichting, the BankGiro Loterij and the Fotomuseum Provincie Antwerpen.