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Collection Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs

Related Resources

At the Library of Congress

Ambrotype/Tintype Filing Series

In addition to the Liljenquist Collection, more than 20 ambrotypes and tintypes of Civil War soldiers acquired from various sources (manuscript division transfers, purchase, and gift) are in the AMB/TIN filing series. (These items are scheduled to be cataloged and scanned in 2011.)

William Gladstone Collection

Approximately 25 ambrotypes and tintypes of African American soldiers, sailors, and civilians from the Civil War era. View the Gladstone Collection online,


For examples of tintypes in albums and paper mats, rather than cases, see

Outside the Library of Congress

Smithsonian Institution family collection
Items that the Liljenquist Family has given to the Smithsonian Institution that have been digitized.

The Museum of the Confederacy External
The Museum has more than 310 "cased image" photographs of Confederate soldiers and Southern civilians.

American Antiquarian Society

Ambrotype Collection, External

Civil War Photographs

More than 15,000 photographs related to the Civil War are in the collections of the Prints and Photographs Division. Most are albumen silver prints and glass negatives. See:

Selected Bibliography

Photography during the Civil War

Ambrotype & Tintype Process

  • For basic definitions and reference sources, see "Popular Photographic Print Processes Represented in the Prints and Photographs Division,"
  • Burgess, Nathan G. The Photograph and Ambrotype Manual: A Practical Treatise on the Art of Taking Positive and Negative Photographs on Paper and Glass . . . New York: Hubbard, Burgess, 1861. External.
  • Carlebach, Michael L. Occupational Portraits in the Age of Tintypes. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002. Call number: TR375.C37 2002 P&P Ref
  • Rinhart, Floyd, Marion Rinhart and Robert W. Wagner. The American Tintype. Columbus: Ohio University Press, 1999. Call number: TR375.R56 1999 P&P Ref
  • Schimmelman, Janice G. The Tintype in America, 1856-1880. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2007. Call number: TR375.S35 2007 P&P Ref
  • Wet Collodion Process. J. Paul Getty Museum video, External


  • Berg, Paul K. 19th Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames. [United States]: Paul K. Berg, 2003. Call number: NK8475.C3 B47 2003 P&P Ref
    The most complete source of information on thermoplastic cases.
  • Rinhart, Floyd, and Marion Rinhart. American Miniature Case Art. South Brunswick and New York: A.S. Barnes, 1969. Call number: NK8475.C3 R5 P&P Ref
    Early publication on photographic cases.

Civil War

General Sources

Library of Congress:



  • Shaw, Antony, editor. The Civil War Catalog. Philadelphia: Courage Books, 2003. Call number: E646.5 .S53 2003 P&P Ref
  • Katcher, Philip. Civil War Uniforms: A Photo Guide. London : Arms and Armour, 1996. Call number: UC483.K39 1996
  • Lord, Francis A. Uniforms of the Civil War. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications, 2007. Call number: UC483 .L67 2007
  • Shep, R. L. and W. S. Salisbury. Civil War Gentlemen: 1860s Apparel Arts & Uniforms, 1994. Call number: GT610.S47 1994.

Soldier Biographies

  • American Civil War Research Database External
    Subscription database that provides information about individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War. The database contains indexed, searchable information on over 4 million soldiers and thousands of battles, together with over 17,000 photographs. Also includes thousands of regimental rosters and officer profiles.
  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System
    Provided by the National Park Service, this database contains facts about soldiers who served both Union and Confederate armies during the Civil War.
  • Glimpses of Soldiers' Lives
    A set of essays offers glimpses of the lives of particular soldiers--what they ate and whom they missed, how far they marched in the mud, when they were wounded or captured or at last discharged. The biographies are accompanied by relevant photographs and drawings from Library of Congress collections that depict where individuals fought or were imprisoned.