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Civil War patriotic envelopes

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RHC-49

Collection Description

The patriotic envelope was a war-time propaganda phenomenon produced by both the North and the South during the Civil War. This collection of primarily Union patriotic envelopes depicts battles, flags, eagles, political satire, and caricatures of Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Gen. McClellan, Col. Elmore Ellsworth, and other political heroes. Envelopes often have mottos and verses. They were first made for the mails and then as souvenirs.


  • Creation: ca. 1861-1890

Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


0.25 Linear feet (approximately 161 envelopes in 1 box)

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Source of Acquisition

Donated by Harvey E. Lemmen

Alternative Format

Digital reproductions of the envelopes are available electronically in our Digital Collection.

Civil War patriotic envelopes, RHC-49
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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States