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Nicholson (John Page) Collection: Photograph album of groups of Civil War veterans at battlefield sites, and related images
photCL 305  
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Custodial History
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library Photo Archives
    Title: Photograph album of groups of Civil War veterans at battlefield sites, and related images
    Identifier/Call Number: photCL 305
    Physical Description: 1 Volume (29 photographs)
    Date (inclusive): 1862-1880s (bulk 1880s)
    Abstract: An album of group portraits of Civil War veterans, chiefly at Gettysburg, 1880s. Also, two photographs of incidents of war by Mathew Brady, 1862.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    photCL 305, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from Gertrude M. Nicholson, through the agency of Robert O. Schad, September 1922.

    Custodial History

    This album was received as part of the Nicholson collection of papers, manuscripts and books related to the Civil War.

    Scope and Contents

    An album of photographs of groups of people gathered for reunions and commemorations of the Civil War, chiefly in the 1880s. The album contains albumen prints, 7 x 9 inches, mounted on board, with no handwriting or identifications, though many are at Gettysburg. Some groups are posed at battlefield monuments that reveal locations, such as one at Little Round Top, and another of five veterans posed with historian John B. Bachelder at the 29th Ohio Infantry Monument, Gettysburg. Men are often wearing badges or ribbons with a star, and sometimes military hats. A few women also appear in the groups. Two photographs depict crowds gathered to hear a speaker on a platform, and another shows a group standing in front of a tree posted with a sign reading "Here is where Gen. Reynolds was killed, July 1, 1863." Identified photographers are: P. S. Weaver (view of a group on Culp's Hill at Gettysburg), W. H. Tipton, Rile, and Rile & Kerns. Two mounted photographs by Mathew Brady, 1862, were laid in the album: "No. 207. Soldiers' Graves at Bull Run" and "No. 237. Ruins at Manassas." The Brady images and two others loose from the album are housed in Box 2.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Huntington Library staff circa mid-20th century. In 2021, Suzanne Oatey created a finding aid.


    Former call number: 120792


    Title supplied by cataloger. Binder's title on spine: "Photographs. Groups."

    Related Materials

    John Page Nicholson papers and Civil War collection, mssNI 1-990. Additional volumes of photographs from the Nicholson collection: photCL 302, photCL 303, photCL 304, photCL 306, photCL 307, photCL 308, photCL 309.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863 -- Monuments
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Battlefields
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Veterans
    Veterans -- United States -- History -- 19th century
    War memorials
    Photograph albums
    Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Campaigns
    Bachelder, John B. (John Badger), 1825-1894
    Brady, Mathew B., approximately 1823-1896
    Nicholson, John P. (John Page), 1842-
    Reynolds, John Fulton, 1820-1863 -- Death and burial
    Tipton, William H., 1850-1929