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Civil War soldiers photograph albums

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: P001

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 3 photograph albums containing carte-de-visite photographs of Union soldiers from Indiana from Oliver P. Morton in Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from 1861 to 1865.


  • 1861-1865

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

In 1865, Governor Oliver P. Morton of Indiana requested that Indiana military officers who fought in the Union army during the U.S. Civil War to submit photographs of themselves for the compilation of photograph albums. He requested standard-size photographs (4 x 2.5 in.) with their signatures and their present rank "to perpetuate the remembrance of the officers of Indiana regiments." The albums were manufactured by John Edwin Potter in Pennsylvania, while the Executive Office of the State of Indiana compiled the photographs.


1 Cubic Feet (3 small oversize boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged alphabetically by last name.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Wesley Gates.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/03/26 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2021/03/26 by Brittany Kropf.
Civil War soldiers photograph albums
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.