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Union and Confederate envelopes

Identifier: MS-GAR-036

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers


  • Creation: 1861 - 1865

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hour advanced notice for retrieval.


2.35 Cubic Feet (5 legal size document boxes)

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As none of the envelopes were ever used, and therefore offer no concrete date or recipient information, they are arranged according to their imagery. The envelopes are first divided between Union and Confederate and thereafter by the subject, symbol, or motif depicted on the envelopes. They were arranged with a numerical catalogue system before their arrival at Special Collections, and the numbers are believed to correspond with an enclosed list of subjects (e.g. 'George Washington' or 'Eagle'). Some subsections, such as 'Individuals A-Z' are arranged alphabetically by the surname of the individual depicted. Other subsections, such as 'Flag' are divided by the placement of the image on the envelope, i.e. flag on the right or left corner.

Union and Confederate Envelopes
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Repository Details

Part of the John Work Garrett Library (Evergreen Museum and Library) Repository

4545 N. Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21218 USA