The 2012 Emily Dickinson Society meeting held in the poet's home town of Amherst, Massachusetts, drew some media attention to a new daguerreotype that is believed to be an extremely rare image of Emily Dickinson.
Research suggests that the image depicts the poet in her then mid-20s, sitting with her recently widowed friend, Kate Scott Turner. The original daguerreotype is owned by a New England collector who purchased the item in 1995. Two copies of the original are part of the collections at Amherst College Library and the Emily Dickinson Museum.
Amherst College also holds the only authenticated photograph of Dickinson that was taken when she was a teenager. Check out this YouTube video to observe in more detail the facial similarities in both images.
The surfacing of the new daguerreotype and the research, speculations, and media releases associated with this may have sparked your interest in Dickinson's life and work. If you would like to find out more about the poet, have a look at the works by and about Emily Dickinson in the Library Catalogue. Also, the database Literature Online provides access to the poet's works in full-text and to useful secondary resources, including criticism, a bibliography, a biographical essay, reference works, relevant websites, and video poetry readings.