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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.

[Large group of men in front of warehouse next to railroad tracks.]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0186 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 albumen print ; 23.4 x 16.2 cm.

A print of a photograph of a large group of men in both military and civilian dress standing in front of a warehouse building. A sign above the entrance to the building, however, the writing is illegible. Railroad tracks pass in front of the men. Verso notations: "Ordwary Gardner Collection" "VI" "108"

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