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Finding Aid for the Edgar Spalsbury Portrait Album C012172
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  • Preferred Citation note
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  • Scope and Contents of the Collection
  • Conditions Governing Access
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  • Title: Spalsbury, Edgar, Portrait Album
    Identifier/Call Number: C012172
    Contributing Institution: Society of California Pioneers
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 1.0 volume 1 album (176 photographs)
    Date: circa 1875
    Abstract: This album contains a collection of portraits of famous figures, including actors and actresses, Civil War generals, and politicians.
    Language of Materials note: English
    Location note: P-4G:B001467 (C012172) The Society of California Pioneers. San Francisco, California.
    creator: Spalsbury, Edgar, 1835-1897


    Edgar Spalsbury was born on a farm in Jefferson County, New York in 1835. He grew to become a lawyer at the age of twenty. During the Civil War, Spalsbury served as a captain in Company C, 35th New York Infantry, and fought in the battle of Bull Run. After the war, Spalsbury moved west in search a milder climate for his frail health. In 1875, after spending some time in Chicago, (where according to his nephew George E. Parker, he served as a librarian) Spalsbury moved to Santa Cruz, California, establishing a law practice in 1876. Successful and popular among the citizens of Santa Cruz, he was elected Justice of the Peace and dubbed "Judge" by friends and supporters. He died in 1897.


    Society of California Pioneers, 300 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107.

    Preferred Citation note

    Edgar Spalsbury Portrait Album ca. 1875. Gift of George Edwin Parker, 1964. Society of California Pioneers.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition note

    Gift of George Edwin Parker, 1964

    Scope and Contents of the Collection

    This album contains portrait photographs of various public figures. Among those pictured are unnamed actors and actresses; period personalities including Thomas Carlyle, Simon Buliver (Bolivar), Washington Irving, Charles H. Gough, John Godfrey Saxe, Rev. Doctor Edwin H. Chapin; political figures including Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Johnson, Horace Greeley, William Lloyd Garrison, William H. Seward, Stephen A. Douglas, William Brownlow, Mrs. Varina (Jefferson) Davis, Giuseppe Garibaldi, and John Wilkes Booth; Civil War generals Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, George B. McClellan, Philip H. Sheridan, Ambrose Burnside, Benjamin F. Butler, George G. Meade, Oliver O. Howard, Robert E. Lee, Joseph E. Johnston, Braxton Bragg, Ambrose P. Hill, John H. Morgan, and James Longstreet. The subjects are identified by his/her last name, written below each photo.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    There are no restrictions on access.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Civil War leaders
    Photograph albums
    Political Portraits
    Portrait Collection