Collection: Illustrated Newspapers

Illustrated newspapers, filled with wood engraved images, made their appearance in the United States in the 1850s. Gleason's Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper, and Harper's Weekly covered every topic that their readers might be interested in. Their ability to provide articles and images in a very timely manner made them the perfect media from which Americans could get their news of domestic and international events and then beginning in 1861, copious coverage of the US Civil War.

The images in these newspapers were often based on photographs or first-hand drawings, so they were not only timely, but accurate as well. As the publishers of one paper explained, "The proprietors of Harper's Weekly beg to state that they have made the most extensive arrangements for the illustration of future movements at the South, and that the public may rely upon finding in Harper's Weekly an accurate and reliable picture of every scene of interest to which occurrences may direct attention." As they provided an important source of information to the public during the war, so too they provide us today with some of the best contemporary documentation of mid and late 19th century America.


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  • Lewis, R. "The Beach at Atlantic City"
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  • Davis, Theo R. "Squidding for Blue-Fish at Asbury Park"
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  • Unattributed “Yale Athletics. A Review of their Growth”
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  • Harper's Weekly [Scenes in and around Boston, including] "Harvard College"
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  • Charlton, John "A Sketch at the Morning Bicycle Parade in Hyde Park 'The Old Love and the New'"
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  • Baird, W.B. “The German Saengerfest Societies in Wabash Avenue Rink, Chicago”
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  • Graham, Charles "Columbian Exposition, Chicago -- The Present State of the Grounds and Buildings”
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  • Rogers, W.A. “The Unveiling of the Grant Monument at Lincoln Park, Chicago”
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  • Graham, Charles “The Military Encampment at Chicago”
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  • Unattributed “The Republican Convention in Session. -- View from the Stage" [Chicago]
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  • Baird, W.B. “Arrival of Delegates to the Republican Convention at Chicago” / "Exterior of Crosby's Opera-House, Chicago"
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  • Unattributed “General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Chicago”
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  • Colt, George “The Chicago Fire Department”
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  • Unattributed “The Chamber of Commerce, Chicago, Illinois”
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  • Homer, Winslow “Jessie Remained Alone at the Table”
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  • Homer, Winslow “'Hi! H-o-o-o! He Done Come. Jumboloro Tell You Fust'”
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  • Homer, Winslow “'Come!'”
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  • Homer, Winslow “'I Call them my Children -- to Myself, Susan'”
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  • Homer, Winslow “Weary and Dissatisfied with Everything”
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  • Homer, Winslow “In Came a Storm of Wind, Rain and Spray -- and Portia”
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  • Homer, Winslow “George Blake's Letter”
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  • Homer, Winslow “Danger Ahead”
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  • Homer, Winslow “Summer in the Country”
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  • Homer, Winslow “Green Apples”
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