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Civil War passes and envelopes scrapbook

 Collection — Folder: S3080
Identifier: S3080

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a scrapbook that is a compilation of Civil War era envelopes, envelope artwork, and travel passes. The materials were created between 1861 and 1863, the scrapbook was compiled by an unknown creator at an unknown date.


  • circa 1861-1863

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

Travel passes were issued during the Civil War by the United States military to soldiers or citizens to allow them to enter into specific camps or territories with permission.

"Publication of Civil War envelopes began as early as the mid-1850's, when north-south divisions began to take shape, but ended prior to the war's conclusion because most believed that it was too indulgent and expensive to continue production in a time of war...The subjects illustrated on these envelopes varied from the Stars and Bars of the Confederacy, to caricatures of important war heroes." Source: "Civil War envelopes", The American Antiquarian Society, Accessed August 15, 2019, "The volume of mail ticked upward with letters to distant homes, and when it was time to send a letter, soldiers and civilians alike reached for a new kind of envelope, freshly printed and decorated with red and blue flags, delicate engravings of eagles, poems about the girl left behind, or the faces of generals, whom people at home might never have seen...These patterns range from simple flags and mottos to macabre revenge fantasies, with the hanged bodies of Southern generals lining the road to Washington."

Source: Greenwood, Veronique. "Civil War Envelopes Are Works of Art—And Propaganda." National Geographic, December 10, 2015. Accessed August 15, 2019.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation on 1906/08/26.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/08/16 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid completed 2019/08/16 by Lauren Patton.
Civil War passes and envelopes scrapbook
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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