William Culp Darrah

William Culp Darrah (1909, Reading, Pennsylvania–1989, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) was an American professor of biology at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He was a specialist in paleobotany. He was also an authority on the history of photography, writing several books about 19th-century photo processes and photographers. As part of his interest in 19th-century photography, he assembled a collection of over 60,000 cartes-de-visite, which is now held at Penn State University.

Darrah was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well a member of Sigma Xi and the Botanical Society of America.[1]

Selected bibliographyEdit


  • Principles of paleobotany (1960)
  • Textbook of paleobotany (1939)
  • A critical review of the upper Pennsylvanian floras of eastern United States with notes on the Mazon Creek flora of Illinois (1969)


  • A check list of Maine photographers who issued stereographs (1967)
  • Stereo views, a history of stereographs in America and their collection (1964)
  • An Album of stereographs : or, Our country victorious and now a happy home : from the collections of William Culp Darrah and Richard Russack (1977)
  • The world of stereographs (1977)
  • Cartes de visite in nin[e]teenth century photography (1981)


  1. ^ Collins, Kathleen (1989). "William Culp Darrah 1909-1989". History of Photography. 13 (4): 383. doi:10.1080/03087298.1989.10442498.

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