The Library of Congress has acquired hundreds of rare stereographic views from Robin G. Stanford, a Houston woman whose collection focuses on the Civil War era and the South during and after the period it practiced slavery.
Stanford, who began collecting stereographic views as a hobby in the 1970s, acquired many images depicting planter society and the everyday lives of slaves, Confederate rebels in action, Charleston before its destruction, the early days of emancipation, and President Lincoln’s funeral obsequies.
The LC purchased approximately 500 images from Stanford’s larger collection, choosing subjects previously unrepresented in its extensive holdings. A fraction of the images are available for viewing while the rest are being cataloged and digitized.
Stanford’s collection is a windfall to the millions of Americans who avidly study those heart-wrenching and momentous times. We are grateful for her labors.