Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Churchill & Dennison Curiosity shop, at army relief fair, Albany, NY

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0061 Author/Creator: Churchill & Dennison Place Written: Albany, New York Type: Photograph Date: 1864 Pagination: 1 albumen : b&w ; 25.4 x 30.3 cm.

Summary of Content: An elaborate display of stuffed and mounted exotic animals. The display is draped in American flags and patriotic bunting. Ink inscription on verso: "No. 5 John Kingsbury, Albany, NY." Relief fairs took place in several urban areas throughout the North during the Civil War to raise money for relief organizations. The 1864 Albany relief fair was organized by civilians to aid the United States Sanitary Commission in providing support for the Union Army. The fair raised over $100,000 to support sick and wounded Union Army soldiers.

People:

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesCharity and PhilanthropyUS Sanitary CommissionWildlifeAmerican FlagExpositions and Fairs

Sub Era: The American Civil War

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources