Civil War patriotic envelopes
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.
- 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.
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0.25 Linear feet (approximately 161 envelopes in 1 box)
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Source of Acquisition
Donated by Harvey E. Lemmen
Digital reproductions of the envelopes are available electronically in our Digital Collection.
- Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland)
- Covers (Philately) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Envelopes (Stationery) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Hamlin, Hannibal
- Jefferson, Davis
- Johnson, Andrew
- Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
- McClellan, George Brinton
- Postal service -- United States -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Scott, Winfield
- Smith, Caleb B. (Caleb Blood)
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Washington, George
- Welles, Gideon
- Civil War patriotic envelopes, RHC-49
- Special Collections & University Archives
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