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Nicholson (John Page) Collection: Gettysburg National Park Commission. Photographs illustrating the work of the commission
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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Custodial History
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • Processing Information
  • Arrangement
  • General
  • General
  • Related Materials

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library Photo Archives
    Title: Gettysburg National Park Commission. Photographs illustrating the work of the commission
    Creator: Gettysburg National Military Park Commission
    Identifier/Call Number: photCL 302
    Physical Description: 2.5 Linear Feet (10 volumes)
    Date (inclusive): 1893-1916
    Abstract: Photographs of the building and development of Gettysburg National Military Park over the years 1893 to 1916.
    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 302. 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.

    Biographical / Historical

    John Page Nicholson (1842-1921) was a Civil War veteran and collector. From 1861 to 1865, he served as regimental quartermaster with the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry regiment. After the war, he returned to Philadelphia and started collecting Civil War books, manuscripts, and photographs. He also translated and edited two volumes of Comte de Paris' History of the Civil War in America. From 1885 to 1922, he served as recorder in chief of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, and was Secretary of the Board of Commissioners of Gettysburg Monument.

    Scope and Contents

    Ten volumes of photographs illustrating the development of Gettysburg National Military Park over the years 1893 to 1916, Photographs show work done under the direction of the federally-appointed Gettysburg National Park Commission, chaired by Colonel John P. Nicholson. Scenes include repairing of roads, stone walls, and fences; construction of new roads; general views of landscape features and terrain; and monuments and markers placed at significant battle locations. In some volumes, the images have handwritten captions. The albumen prints are approximately 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, mounted on board, and some later images have the imprint of photographer W. H. Tipton.

    Processing Information

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


    Arranged chronologically.


    Volumes are numbered 1 to 13. Volumes 7, 8, and 11 were missing when received.


    Former call number: RB 105344

    Related Materials

    John Page Nicholson papers and Civil War collection, mssNI 1-990. Additional volumes of photographs from the Nicholson collection: photCL 303, photCL 304, photCL 305, photCL 306, photCL 307, photCL 308, photCL 309.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Gettysburg, Battle of, Gettysburg, Pa., 1863
    Gettysburg National Military Park (Pa.)
    United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Battlefields
    War memorials
    Photograph albums
    Tipton, William H., 1850-1929