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Nicholson (John Page) Collection: Collection of Civil War photographs including views of City Point and Richmond
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Custodial History
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Related Materials
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  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Collection of Civil War photographs including views of City Point and Richmond
    Identifier/Call Number: photCL 306
    Physical Description: 1 Volume (51 photographs)
    Date (inclusive): approximately 1862-1868
    Abstract: A group of 51 Civil War photographs including barracks at City Point, soldiers, army camps, prisons, and various other subjects.
    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 306. 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

    A collection of various Civil War photographs that were bound into an album (now disbound), and were compiled by John P. Nicholson, Civil War veteran and collector. The albumen prints are approximately 10 x 12 1/2 inches, mounted on boards, with a few small, amateur photographs pasted on backs of some boards. The album begins with views of City Point by William Hathaway, including General U.S. Grant's headquarters and other barracks, and civilian men and women aboard a steamboat. Views in Richmond depict Libby Prison, building ruins, and Jefferson Davis' residence. Other subjects are: Lookout Mountain, Tennessee; soldiers and officers; an army camp at Scottstown, Alabama; an army bridge created from boats at Fredericksburg, Virginia (1862); U.S. Colored Troops standing in formation at Camp William Penn, Philadelphia (approximately 1863); Citizens' Volunteer Hospital; and a group of Black and white children, men, and women at "Scott House, opposite Fredericksburg." There are two photographs of illustrations by Civil War artist James E. Taylor depicting the Battle of Vermillion Bayou and Custer's charge through a Cheyenne village, Wyoming (1868). The album is disbound, and four photographs have been matted and housed in Box 2.

    Processing Information

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

    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 305, photCL 307, photCL 308, photCL 309.


    Former call number: 70520. Title supplied by cataloger. Binder's title on spine: "War Photographs."

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    African Americans -- Virginia
    Camp William Penn (La Mott, Pa.)
    City Point (Hopewell, Va.)
    Lookout Mountain (Appalachian Mountains)
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Battlefields
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, African American
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons
    Virginia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources
    Libby Prison
    United States. Colored Troops