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.

Unknown Young slave girl seated in white dress with black lace

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.02.1047 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 carte de visite 9.8 x 6.1 cm

Graphite inscription on verso "Cora Born Jun 25 1861" "slave girl." Cancelled orange two-cent tax stamp on verso.

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