Researchers from all over the world can access the core of Gettysburg National Military Park’s collections remotely now that more than 40,000 images and catalog records for the Gettysburg collection are online.
To see the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum Collections page click here. The online feature also includes archival finding aids a useful tool for learning even more about many aspects of the national parks through online PDFs and image collections.
Gettysburg’s new online resources include:
- An extensive photograph collection capturing life during the period of the Civil War and beyond. The Civil War Soldier Collection displays the portraits of various soldiers who fought throughout the war.
- A large collection of general photographs that record images taken by park staff to document park operations, events, property, and surroundings.
- The William H. Tipton Photographic Prints, 1863-1931, are from original negatives created by William Howard Tipton in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a prominent Gettysburg photographer who, as young boy, assisted local photographers in documenting the aftermath of the battle.
- Maps and drawings comprise a large share of the finding aids within the Gettysburg collection. For example, Bureau of Public Roads Improvements Drawings from 1934-1936 describes blueprints received and approved by the National Park Service and Gettysburg National Military Park as part of road and walkways improvement projects.
- The Gettysburg National Military Park Maps and Drawings describes maps, plot plans, architectural drawings, engineering plans, road layouts, and topographic sketches of various buildings, monuments, and land tracts within Gettysburg National Military Park and the surrounding area from 1933-Present.
- The letter collection provides a vast assortment of letter written during this crucial period of American history and offers a detail and in-depth look at what life was like at this time. The Thompson Papers include the many letters and papers associated with Captain James Thompson, including the discharge letter for Captain James Thompson from the Pennsylvania light artillery volunteers on June 13th 1865. The William King Letters contain several letters written by William F. King of the 18th Massachusetts Volunteers during the Civil War. These letters offer valuable in-sight into the daily lives and struggles of soldiers fighting during the war.
“This project will improve the public’s understanding of Gettysburg’s material culture, the events of the Civil War, and the efforts that have been made to preserve the battlefield since the guns fell silent.”said Ed W. Clark, Superintendent, Gettysburg National Military Park.
The NPS WASO Museum Management Program, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, ReDiscovery Software and park staff completed the project over the past year.
The project is an important accomplishment in the NPS’s “A Call To Action” initiative number 17, Go Digital, which calls for transforming the NPS digital experience by creating user-friendly online resources and social media opportunities.
A blog entry on the finding aids and archival collections of Gettysburg NMP can be found at http://npscollections.blogspot.com/.
Katie Lawhon, Management Assistant, 5/28/14