Wayne Whalen Digital Archive of the Grand Army of the Republic and Civil War Collections
CPL's Digital Collections document life in Chicago through archival images, documents and artifacts.
This collection comprises camp equipment, weaponry and uniforms used on the homefront and the battlefield, with a focus on the Illinois experience.
Illinois supported the Union effort by sending hundreds of thousands of troops into battle, but the Civil War was also fought on the homefront.
Artifacts from the Wayne Whalen Digital Archive of the Grand Army of the Republic and Civil War Collections are housed in the Special Collections and Preservation Division at Harold Washington Library Center.
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The Wayne Whalen Digital Archive of the Grand Army of the Republic and Civil War Collections is made possible by generous gifts to Chicago Public Library Foundation by the partners of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in honor of Wayne Whalen’s interest in Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War.
Acknowledgment of Harmful Materials
Chicago Public Library collects images, documents and other archival materials from different communities and time periods to preserve and make available the cultural and historical record. As historical objects, some of these materials contain harmful or disturbing content. CPL presents these artifacts as an unfiltered social record and does not endorse the views expressed therein.
Related CPL Collections
- American Civil War Documents, Manuscripts, Letters and Diaries and Grand Army of the Republic Collections: A large portion of this collection focuses on the experience of soldiers and leaders from Illinois told through letters and diaries.
- Military Archival Collections: A list of all archival collections related to the Civil War, including records of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, as well as personal collections of service members from other conflicts, such as World War II.