Look what I found! Treasures from the Collections of the Library of Congress

For April I have highlighted an American memory collection from the Library of Congress: Civil War Treasures
“The images in this digital collection are drawn from the New-York Historical Society’s rich archival collections that document the Civil War. They include recruiting posters for New York City regiments of volunteers; stereographic views documenting the mustering of soldiers and of popular support for the Union in New York City; photography showing the war’s impact, both in the north and south; and drawings and writings by ordinary soldiers on both sides.”
The New-York Historical owns approximately 3,000 unused envelopes dating from the Civil War years. Of these, 490 were scanned for this project. They are printed with caricatures, allegories, slogans, portraits, etc. relating to Civil War events and personalities. The vast majority is Union-oriented; most were produced by New York printers ca. 1861-65.

The 304 posters chosen for imaging are primarily recruiting posters, but they also include auction and meeting advertisements. They date from the earliest days of the Civil War through March 1865.

732 stereographs offer an immediate and graphic look at the war. When seen with a stereograph viewer which creates a three-dimensional effect, the small views become even more vivid and detailed. While photographers did not usually depict actual battle scenes, they captured images of camp life before battles and of battlefields afterward. 
I hope you enjoy browsing this amazing collection!  Pictorial envelopes would make a great student project idea at any grade level!  Students could even write an appropriate letter to tuck inside!


Posted on March 31, 2008, in Primary sources and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Reference Services

    Your blog is outstanding!

    Here is a photo of an old stereograph from Sandusky, Ohio:


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