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Clippings of Civil War illustrations

Collection number: ahc.MSS1030

Scope and Content

This collection contains pages and clippings of illustrations from Harper's Weekly, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, and Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War, also called Harper's History of the Great Rebellion. Pages are dated between 1862-1868 with many undated clippings. All contain illustrations depicting Civil War scenes. Illustrations include woodcut engraving prints of naval warships and naval battles; fortifications; maps; battle scenes; soldiers' encampments; and scenes of civilian life, including Thanksgiving festivities. The clippings show portraits of officers and scenes of towns and locations throughout the southeast. Several clippings show illustrations of Savannah, Georgia, the Atlanta campaign, and Sherman's march through Georgia. Many drawings depict construction of bridges and other buildings for the war, as well as scenes of everyday life amongst civilians and soldiers.


  • 1862-1867, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

Harper's Weekly (1857-1916) began publication in 1850 as Harper's Monthly but began publishing weekly in response to growing subscription numbers. It was the most widely read publication in the United States, including the South, during the Civil War, which prompted the publishers to temper the editorial position on slavery. In 1860, it had a circulation of 200,000. Illustrations were an integral part of the publication. Harper's employed well-known artists including Thomas Nast and Theodore R. Davis (T. R. Davis). Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper (1852-1922) was published weekly, and was know for its illustrations from woodcuts and daguerreotypes. Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (also called Harper's History of the Great Rebellion) was originally published in 1866-1868. It was then reprinted in 1894 and 1977.


1.751 linear ft. (one oversize box)



System of Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts 1968 with subsequent additions.

Clippings of Civil War illustrations
Melanie Stephan
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Dacs
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

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Atlanta GA 30305