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Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library photograph collection

circa 1850-2011, 3 linear feet

06

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library
Creator:
Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library.
Title:
Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library photograph collection
Date:
circa 1850-2011
Call Number:
06
Extent:
3 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
Linear footage is a very rough approximation, as there are many items framed and on display throughout the museum and library.
Language:
English
Abstract:
The Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library photograph collection, circa 1850-2011, depicts a wide range of subjects relating to Civil War history. There are photographs from the Civil War era, later photographs of Grand Army of the Republic posts and Sons of Union Veterans camps, and recent photographs of historic sites, and historical reenactments.
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Biography/History

"The Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal organization founded after the Civil War to provide all veterans of the Union Armed Forces with a forum for social and political activities and as a venue for debate and reminiscence of their service in the Civil War." (Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library)

"The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War was a creation of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) which was formed in 1866. Wanting to pass on its heritage, the GAR in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania created a Corps of Cadets in 1878 which later became the Sons of Veterans of the United States of America (SV)... In 1904, the SV elected to become a patriotic education society and in 1925 changed its name to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW)... Prior to disbanding and before the death of its last member, the GAR officially designated the SUVCW as its successor and heir to its remaining property. On August 20, 1954, the SUVCW was officially incorporated by an Act of Congress by the passing of Public Law 605 of the second session of the 83rd Congress." (Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War)

Bibliography:

Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library. "Museum Informational Brochure." Accessed January 18, 2012. http://garmuslib.org/

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. "Introduction." August 30, 2010. Accessed January 18, 2012. http://suvcw.org/suv.htm

Scope and Contents

The Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library photograph collection depicts a wide range of subjects relating to Civil War history. Photographs from the Civil War era show Civil War scenes, soldiers, and related personalities. Later photographs show members of various Grand Army of the Republic posts and Sons of Union Veterans camps, both individual portraits and group or activity photographs. There are also photographs of historic sites, historical reenactments, and Civil War-related tourism.

A wide range of photographic formats is represented in this collection, from tintypes and daguerreotypes, to stereoviews and cartes de visite, to contemporary photographic prints.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Grand Army of the Republic Museum and Library for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Items donated or collected at various times.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Grand Army of the Republic.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Gettysburg (Pa.)
  • Pennsylvania
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
Subject(s)
  • Fraternal organizations
  • Heritage tourism
  • Historical reenactments
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • Veterans

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