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United States Sanitary Commission Processing Project: A Sense of History

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Image from Metropolitan Fair stationery, 1864. United States Sanitary Commission Records. NYPL, Manuscripts and Archives Division.Image from Metropolitan Fair stationery, 1864. United States Sanitary Commission Records. NYPL, Manuscripts and Archives Division.April 12, 2011, marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War. NYPL is currently working on arranging, describing, and preserving the records of the United States Sanitary Commission, a civilian organization that supported Union forces during the war. Its records tell the stories of thousands of individual soldiers and their families, illuminate the development of wartime humanitarian aid and medical treatments, and highlight work by women in the war. Susan Waide and project staff share their work and discoveries in a series of fascinating blog posts.

Read the USSC blog series

Browse images from the records in the Digital Gallery

New York Times: A Look at Life During (Civil) Wartime

Watch a New York Times video about the collection