Edward Carlisle Boynton, born in 1824 in Windsor, Vermont, graduated from the West Point Military Academy in 1846. He served twelve years in the United States Army before joining the University of Mississippi faculty in 1856. Boynton was Professor of Chemistry, Minerology, and Geology until the outbreak of the Civil War. In 1861, he left the University, leaving his negatives behind, and never returned to collect them.
This collection contains these unclaimed glass plate negatives of antebellum scenes of the University of Mississippi campus, as well as family photographs and self-portraits.
Image from this collection: Edward C. Boynton, self-portrait, 2 images, with name etched into the emulsion (1856-1861)