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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1980

Philip Case Lockwood memorial collection of Civil War portraits and autographs


Scrapbook collection of Civil War photographs and autographs, assembled by Philip Case Lockwood.


  • Creation: 1862-1886


.38 linear feet (1 volume)

Scrapbook collection of Civil War photographs, biographical sketches, notes, and autographs, assembled by Philip Case Lockwood, beginning in 1862. His collection expanded beyond the original goal of collecting the autographs of Union generals to include those of members of the Cabinet and a few naval officers, until it comprised 621 names in all. Lockwood's annotations on each officer's career accompany the individual's autograph and photograph. Also contains a photograph of Lockwood, taken in London on 30 Oct. 1886.

Biographical / Historical

Born in Charlestown, Mass., Philip Lockwood began collecting autographs of general officers in the Union Army in the second year of the Civil War when he was eighteen years old. In response to his requests for autographs, the officers also sent notes and photographs.


Arranged primarily in alphabetical order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Jane Lockwood, in the name of her nephew Hamilton De Forest Lockwood, A.B. 1890, received: 1 July1908.

Recataloged from: X5.4*

Upon the death of Philip Case Lockwood in 1897, the collection became the property of his sister, Mary Jane Lockwood. The printed introductory note in this volume details the provenance and mentions that Mary Jane Lockwood also assisted with the mounting of the collection in its present form.

Processing Information

Processed by: Megan O'Shea

Lockwood, Philip Case, 1844-1897, collector. Philip Case Lockwood memorial collection of Civil War portraits and autographs: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Language of description
Processed with funds from the Francis P. Scully and Robert G. Scully Class of 1951 fund.

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