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Group of Black people in a covered wagon, American Civil War : stereograph

Collection MS-2020-022: Group of Black people in a covered wagon, American Civil War : stereograph


  • Creation: probably between 1890 and 1900

Scope and Contents

View of Black men, women, and children seated before, and riding in, a covered wagon. A mounted soldier is visible in the background, presumably a Union soldier based on the cap and dark uniform.


Restrictions on access

Open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Historical note: Stereographs

Published, collectible photographic cards. Produced with two photographs side-by-side for viewing through a stereoscope to create a 3-dimensional image effect. Titles were often assigned to collected images by the publisher–not the photographers–to produce saleable sets along thematic lines.


0.01 Linear Feet (1 photograph) : print on card mount ; mount 10 x 18 cm (stereograph format)

Language of Materials



Purchased from Cowan's Auctions, Inc. in 2020.

Materials Specific Details

After a photograph by David B. Woodbury, approximately 1863.

"657. A Negro family coming into Union lines. A characteristic view of the big load of "contrabands" coming into our lines ... More than a quarter of a century has passed away since the sun painted these real scenes of that great war ..."--Printed text on verso.

Published by The War Photograph & Exhibition Company, Hartford, Connecticut.

From the series: The war for the Union. Photographic war history, 1860-1865.

Published title

Caption title transcribed from item: 657. A Negro family coming into the Union lines

Group of Black people in a covered wagon, American Civil War : stereograph.
probably between 1890 and 1900
Marc Only
Noah Sheola
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Revision Statements

  • 2022-10-17: Retitled and redescribed to center people, while minimizing the racist language in original published titles.

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States