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Civil War patriotic envelopes

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RHC-49
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

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Collection is open for research use.

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0.25 Linear Feet (approximately 161 envelopes in 1 box)

Source of Acquisition

Donated by Harvey E. Lemmen

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Repository Details

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

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