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- About this Collection
- Civil War Negatives: Arrangement and Access
- Background and Scope of the Collection
- Bibliographies of Selected Sources
- Mathew B. Brady - Biographical Note
- Taking Photographs During the Civil War
- Digitizing the Negatives
- Microfilm Edition
- Solving a Civil War Photograph Mystery
- Related Resources
- Timeline of the Civil War
- Rights And Restrictions
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About this Collection
This online collection provides access to about 7,000 different views and portraits made during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and its immediate aftermath. The images represent the original glass plate negatives made under the supervision of Mathew Brady and Alexander Gardner as well as the photographic prints in the Civil War photographs file in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room. These negatives and prints are sometimes referred to as the Anthony-Taylor-Rand-Ordway-Eaton Collection to indicate the previous owners. The Library purchased the negatives in 1943.
Search tip for this collection: Try putting in very few search terms, particularly when searching for people (for example, try just the person's last name). For more information, see the Arrangement & Access section.
Many additional Civil War images are in other collections, including drawings, prints, and photograph albums to name a few.
View a slide show of samples.
Other Civil War Holdings in the Prints & Photographs Division
Liljenquist Family Collection - Ambrotype, tintype, and other photographs highlight Civil War soldiers and their families, both North and South.
Andrew J. Russell photographs - Captain Andrew. J. Russell, of the 141st New York Infantry, was the first U.S. Army photographer. He documented railroad maintenance and construction in Washington, D.C. and Virginia and military facilities in and around Washington, D.C., Maryland, and in Virginia. View descriptions and images: LOT 4336, LOT 9209, and LOT 11486.
Photographic Sketch Book of the Civil War - 100 photographs presented chronologically showing the major sites of conflict in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
Civil War Drawings in Drawings (Documentary) - More than 1600 sketches by the "Special Artists" who drew for the nation's illustrated newspapers.
Gladstone Collection of African American Photographs -- Includes more than 200 photographs from the Civil War era
More Civil War pictures -- see the Related Resources page.