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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 3376

Joseph H. Lee collection of photographic postcards of 24th Infantry Regiment musicians


Two photographic postcards depicting 24th Infantry Regiment musicians at Pine Camp, New York, including infrantryman Joseph H. Lee.


  • circa 1910


Condition Description

In good condition.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


.04 linear feet (1 folder)

Two photographic postcards depicting 24th Infantry Regiment musicians at Pine Camp, New York. Infantryman Joseph H. Lee (1879-circa 1940) of Pittsburgh (Pa.) marks his appearance in one of the photographs; the verso of the postcards are messages to Miss Ella Wallace and Miss Sadie Hamilton respectively, both of Pittsburgh. Also accompanied by a reproduction of Lee's application to the auditor general showing his enlistment and discharge dates (1915 and 1919) and stamped 1934.

Biographical / Historical

The 24th Infantry Regiment was a unit of the United States Army, active from 1869 until 1951, and again from 1995 until 2006. Before its original dissolution in 1951, its members were primarily African-American soldiers, a unit known as a Buffalo Soldier regiment. (Source: Wikipedia entry on 24th Infantry Regiment (United States), viewed 2021 October 14.))

Biographical / Historical

Buffalo Soldiers were originally members of the 10th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army formed in 1866 at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. This nickname was given by Native American Tribes who fought in the American Frontier Wars. The term eventually became synonymous with all African-American regiments formed in 1866, including the 24th Infantry Regiment. (Source: Wikipedia contributors, "Buffalo Soldier," Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, (accessed October 4, 2021)).


Arranged as received.

Physical Location


Custodial History

Ownership prior to this acquisition unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2022M-14. Purchased from Max Rambod Inc. with the Harrison D. Horblit Curator of Photography Fund, 2021 August 26.

Processing Information

Processed minimally, 2021 October (Melanie Wisner).


Lee, Joseph H., collector. Joseph H. Lee collection of photographic postcards of 24th Infantry Regiment musicians, circa 1910 (MS Am 3376): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2021 October 14
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