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.

Portraits of historical figures: engravings, lithographs, photographs &c.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08878 Author/Creator: Place Written: [various places] Type: Header Record Date: 1790-1980 ca. Pagination: 19 boxes; ca 4000

Summary of Content: Short separate lists of images available. This artificially formed collection of engravings, lithographs, photogravures, photo-offset and halftones was put together in the 1970s and 1980s. Every signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and all presidents are represented. Many literary figures are represented. The inventory breaks down the materials into the following groups 1. Images of famous people, mostly Americans (with some British); 2. Images of American Presidents; 3. Scenes, mostly from the Civil War; 4. Foreign personalities (mostly European; includes some late 17th?-C etchings); 5. Unidentified (about 100); and 6. Title pages. The collection also includes a bound set of the National Portrait Gallery.


Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: US ConstitutionAmerican StatesmenPresidentPhotographyArt, Music, Theater, and Film

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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