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Guide to the Leo Hershokowitz Collection of Newspaper Illustrations and Billheads
1840's-1911
 PR 263

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Container List

Series I: Newspaper Illustrations -- Civil War Era

Scope and Contents note

This series spans the period from 1853-1911 and contains illustrations depicting the American Civil War from both Harper’s Weekly and Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspapers.

Subseries I.1: Single Sheet Illustrations

Scope and Contents note

This subseries is comprised of individual newspaper pages. The illustrations are arranged by subject, then by date. These single page tear sheets may have either one large illustration or several smaller illustrations, often showing more than one subject. When a page contains more than one subject, the most prominent image is used for arrangement.

Harper’s Ferry Raid contains illustrations regarding the raid, the arrest of John Brown and his soldiers, as well as their execution.

Battle Views contains pictorial illustrations depicting various skirmishes, battles and campaigns throughout the Civil War. These images all show soldiers in action.

Naval Views contains illustrations of naval ships and battles, as well as images of harbors and of soldiers traveling by ship or boat.

Military Life includes illustrations of soldiers in non-combat situations. These include soldiers marching, voting, and recovering from battle, views of camp life and depictions of the daily lives of these men. These folders also contain images of military prisons, prison camps, and captured soldiers, as well as hospitals and wounded soldiers and their injuries.

Civilian Life is comprised of a variety of depictions of life outside the military during the civil war. These images show everything from starving refugees to winter recreation. There are also illustrations of crimes, criminals and trials, unrelated to the war. Illustrations regarding the Harper’s Ferry Raid, John Brown’s arrest & execution can also be found here.

U.S. Government contains images of politicians and political meetings.

Geographic View includes maps, birds-eye views and general views of the United States as well as other countries. This group also includes several images of statues and monuments. Portraits contains drawn portraits of both military men and civilians. Included are “Missing Men” illustrations, portraits with a brief description of the persons last whereabouts, posted in the classified section of the newspapers.

Cartoons & Caricatures includes commentary on everything from the war to women’s fashion. The majority of these cartoons were printed among classified ads, which also reflect the needs and interests of society, even in wartime.

Post Civil War Images is comprised of illustrations from newspapers published well after the Civil War’s end. Several of these images are heroic depictions of the war. This group also contains images of Civil War veterans, with one image showing veterans reunited at the fiftieth anniversary of the Battle of Bull Run.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Harpers Ferry Raid
1859
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Battle Scenes
1861
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Battle Scenes
1862
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Battle Scenes
1863
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Battle Scenes
1864
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Battle Scenes
1865
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Naval Views
1861
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Naval Views
1862
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Naval Views
1863
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Naval Views
1864
Box: 1 Folder : 11 Military Life
1858, 1860
Box: 1 Folder : 12 Military Life
1861
Box: 1 Folder : 13 Military Life
1862
Box: 1 Folder : 14 Military Life
1863
Box: 1 Folder : 15 Military Life
1864
Box: 1 Folder : 16 Military Life
1865
Box: 2 Folder : 17 Military Life - Hospitals
1861-1865
Box: 2 Folder : 18 Military Life - Prisons/Prisoners
1861-1865
Box: 2 Folder : 19 Civilian Life
1860-1861
Box: 2 Folder : 20 Civilian Life
1862
Box: 2 Folder : 21 Civilian Life
1863-1864
Box: 2 Folder : 22 Civilian Life
1865
Box: 2 Folder : 23 Civilian Life - Crimes and Criminals
1853-1865, 1872
Box: 2 Folder : 24 U.S. Government
1853-1860
Box: 2 Folder : 25 Views - Miscellaneous
1858-1865
Box: 2 Folder : 26 Views - Georgia
1860-1865
Box: 2 Folder : 27 Views - SOuth Carolina
1860-1865
Box: 2 Folder : 28 Views - Virginia
1859-1865
Box: 2 Folder : 29 Monumnets and Statues
1860-1890
Box: 2 Folder : 30 Views - Foreign
1863-1865
Box: 2 Folder : 31 Portraits - Miscellaneous Military
1858-1865
Box: 2 Folder : 32 Portraits - Generals, A-Z
1861-1865, 1891, 1893
Box: 2 Folder : 33 Portraits - Miscellaneous Sailors
1860-1865, 1890
Box: 2 Folder : 34 Portraits - Miscellaneous, A-Z
1853-1865, 1889
Box: 2 Folder : 35 Group Portraits - Miscellaneous, A-Z
1860-1865
Box: 2 Folder : 36 Portraits - Missing Men
1860-1862
Box: 3 Folder : 37 Cartoons/Caricatures
1860-1861
Box: 3 Folder : 38 Cartoons/Caricatures
1862
Box: 3 Folder : 39 Cartoons/Caricatures
1863
Box: 3 Folder : 40 Cartoons/Caricatures
1864
Box: 3 Folder : 41 Cartoons/Caricatures
1865
Box: 3 Folder : 42 Post-Civil War Images
1868-1911

Subseries I.2: Double Sheet Ilustrations

Scope and Contents note

This subseries is comprised of illustrations spanning two full newspaper pages. The illustrations are arranged by subject, then by date. Because of their size, they are housed separately from the single sheets, in flat file drawers. Significant illustrations in this series include a graphic depiction of Andersonville Prison (in Military Life), an allegorical image entitled Uprising of the North (in Battle Scenes), and a portrayal of the House of Representatives following the passage of the thirteenth amendment, abolishing slavery (in Civilian Life).

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Oversize: Flat files Folder : FF1 Battle Scenes
1862-1865
Oversize: Flat files Folder : FF2 Naval scenes
1862-1863, 1865
Oversize: Flat files Folder : FF3 Military Life
1861-1865, 1910
Oversize: Flat files Folder : FF4 Civilian Life
1860, 1862, 1865
Oversize: Flat files Folder : FF5 Geographic Views
1862

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