Rachel McBride Lindsey F'11

Rachel McBride Lindsey
Assistant Professor
Theological Studies
Saint Louis University

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2011
Doctoral Candidate
Princeton University
Vernacular Photography and the Visual Archives of Nineteenth-Century American Religion

This dissertation examines the role of vernacular photography in American religion from the introduction of the daguerreotype process in 1839 through the first decade of the twentieth century. It defines vernacular according to recent developments in photographic history but also works to link it directly to recent discussions in American religious history about the nature of scholarship with regards to subjects' “everyday” religious experiences. In particular, vernaculars were the kinds of photographs most intimately associated with daily life. Broadly conceived, the dissertation works to bridge the fields of photographic history and American religious history by focusing on specific artifacts in order to reflect on the relationships between material culture and religious experience.