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Demorest's New-York Illustrated News Woodcut collection

 Collection 0252-MDHC
During the Civil War, Demorest's New-York Illustrated News published woodcut pictures of life on the battle field. This collection consists of four engraved cherrywood plates that were carved in Philadelphia for the newspaper during the war years. Each block depicts a scene from the war in Maryland. Full-size prints from each block and photocopies of the newspaper issues in which the pictures were originally published accompany the print blocks. Also included is a newspaper print from the Pictorial War Record: Battles of the Late Civil War, Saturday, January 13, 1883 edition. It shows a reprint of a print originally published in Demorest's New-York Illustrated News depicting the "Capture of the First Confederate Battle Flag by the Eighth Illinois Cavalry."

Dates

  • 1861-1865

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Extent

5 Items

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of four engraved cherrywood plates depicting life on a Civil War battlefield that were carved in Philadelphia and printed for the newspaper Demorest's New-York Illustrated News. Each block depicts a scene from the war in Maryland: Mattawoman Creek, Federal Hill in Baltimore, Poolesville, and Annapolis to Washington. Full-size prints from each block and photocopies of the newspaper issues in which the pictures were originally published accompany the print blocks. Also included is a newspaper print from the Pictorial War Record: Battles of the Late Civil War, Saturday, January 13, 1883 edition. It shows a reprint of a print originally published in Demorest's New-York Illustrated News depicting the "Capture of the First Confederate Battle Flag by the Eighth Illinois Cavalry."

Biographical / Historical

Demorest's New-York Illustrated News was a newspaper that was active during the American Civil War.

Arrangement

This collection consists of two series:
Series 1
Woodcuts and Prints
Series 2
Pictorial War Record

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The University of Maryland Libraries purchased the Demorest's New York Illustrated News Woodcut Collection from the Philadelphia Print Shop in 1983.

Processing Information

Woodcuts were wrapped in tissue paper and placed in an oversized box.
Title
Guide to the Demorest's New-York Illustrated News Woodcut Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by Jennie A. Levine.
Date
2007-02-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742
301-405-9212