Artifact Research

The Museum preserves the world’s largest collection of Confederate Civil War artifacts. Artifacts and information about them are made accessible via a variety of research services.

Onsite Research Appointments

Researchers may make an appointment to view an item or items in the Museum’s collections. Appointments are $12.00 for non-members, $6.00 for students, and free for Museum members. This fee includes admission to the Museum’s exhibitions (but not a tour of the White House of the Confederacy). All appointments must be scheduled in advance (generally two weeks).

To schedule an appointment, please email us.

Archives Research

The Archives maintain more than 15,000 books and pamphlets, 1,000 prints and sketches, and more than 200 shelf feet of manuscripts. An impressive collection in its own right, the Archives hold such items as the Provisional Confederate Constitution, a draft of Lee’s resignation letter from the U.S. Army, a blood-stained letter written by a mortally wounded soldier to his father, the Southern Women’s History Collection, rare 1860s school books, and one of the world’s largest collections of Jefferson Davis papers. The Confederate currency and bond collection is recognized as second to only the Smithsonian collection.

The museum has undertaken a comprehensive cataloging and digitization project of the archives collection. Due to the staff required for the digitization project, there may be significant delays in answering research requests. Photocopies and digital images of archives items will be available on a sporadic and limited basis until the project is complete.

We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have questions, please email us.

Photographic Research

The Museum maintains a vast collection of period photographs, including more than 210 "cased" images -- daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes, each in its own velvet-lined, protective case. These include the largest known assemblage of identified Confederate soldier images in existence, as well as Jefferson Davis' children and the family's free black servants, among many others. Among the most poignant images are of those of women and children, many unknown, that were found among the effects of dead soldiers.

The Museum also has 2,500 cartes-de-visite (CDVs) or visiting cards, as well as a selection are postwar landscapes, cityscapes, and buildings significant to Confederate and Civil War history. Although known for its wartime images, the Museum has an unparalleled collection of photographs documenting the postwar Confederate memorial period. These include individual and group portraits of Confederate veterans and the United Daughters of the Confederacy, as well as monuments and monument dedications throughout the South.

Onsite Research Appointments

In order to better serve the public, the Museum has undertaken a comprehensive cataloging and digitization project of the photographic collection. Onsite appointments will not be available until the project is complete. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have questions, please contact us via email.

Regular mail contact: The American Civil War Museum, Attn: Photographic Collection, 1201 E. Clay Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219

Rights and Reproductions

Digital images of artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection and digital scans from the photograph collection for personal use or publication are available. Please contact us for more information. Production and publication fees may apply.

Photography, Film, and Video Requests

The White House and Museum of the Confederacy is a private, non-profit organization. We hope to extend every consideration to those wishing to film, videotape, or photograph the White House or Museum. All requests for photography, film, and video projects are reviewed individually for their relationship to our mission, their appropriateness, the impact on historical resources, and required staff time.

ALL REQUESTS MUST BE IN WRITING. Requests for images or to film, videotape, or photograph the museum may be submitted by email, or by regular mail to The American Civil War Museum, 1201 E. Clay Street, Richmond, VA 23219.

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