Erik Overbey Nitrate Negative Portrait Index

There are more than 13,000 nitrate portraits in the Erik Overbey Collection. They date from c. 1915 to c. 1945. The McCall Library acquired them in 1978. Those interested in portraits of Mobilians taken before 1915 should see the Index to Overbey Glass Portraits (for the years c. 1880s to c. 1915) and the Index to Overbey Safety Portraits (for the years after World War II). Researchers should keep in mind that there is some overlap, so, if you are interested in a portrait made in, say, 1949, you should check both the Nitrate and Safety indexes. Or, if you are interested in a portrait taken in 1911, you should check both the Glass and Nitrate indexes.

This index is arranged alphabetically by last name. To help you better read this index, please see the key below. To order a reprint of one of these portraits, please see our reproduction services page. It details the cost, sizes offered, and delivery time. Interested parties can also email The McCall Library at

Subject: C=Child, F=Female, M=Male, G=Group
Size: PASSP = Passport Photo
Number: Total Number of Negatives Associated with that Portrait

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