About Us




Photoarchive3D is a digital archive of original historic photographic stereoviews created by George L. Mutter (right), and Bernard P. Fishman (left).  With exclusive access to a unique collection of 30,000 original images of broad topical and geographic coverage from 1855 through modern times, they are historical preservationists on a mission to engage people of the present with their shared past..  GL Mutter is an academic physician trained at Harvard and Columbia, and BP Fishman an Egyptologist and nonprofit institutional administrator trained at Columbia U. and U. of Pennsylvania. You can download a resume of our activities here.

The portrait was made using wet plate collodin on metal ("tintype") and required a 60-second exposure on a bright day. The photographer, Mark Bingham of Portsmouth, NH, has faithfully recreated this 19th century process.


Mission Statement:

    • To preserve image content and annotated context of historical physical images
    • To promote utilization of a historic photographic archival materials in educational and scholarly works.
    • To collaboratively develop programs, presentations, and mechanisms for achieving the above goals.

Enabling Resources

    • Exclusive access to a digital archive of original 19th and early 20th century historical photographic material of sufficient depth and range to have unique scholarly, entertainment, and educational value.
    • Contemporary (vintage image labels and descriptions) and scholarly annotation of curated images to preserve and interpret their original context.
    • Web-based presence for education, distributed access, and visibility.

Collection Statistics, as of November 2014

Please See our Technical Section for further details.

Parameter Number
Total Photographic Objects 29,957
Total Digital Negatives 65,803 dng files
Total File Storage 1,355 GB (1.4 TB)
Average Negative per Object 2.20 neg/object
Average 21 Megapixel File Size 20.6 MB/DNG File