3 Replies Latest reply on Dec 31, 2020 11:39 AM by Phillip Bussey

    Seeking information about photo & Union soldier

    Donald Syler Newbie

      I have a negative number. Can I get details about when and where the photo was taken?  We believe it may be a relative who was a Union soldier.

        • Re: Seeking information about photo & Union soldier
          Elliot Schneider Ranger

          Mr. Syler,


          Here is some information that might aid you in your quest. Maybe contact the center and ask them how to use the negative number to follow when picture was taken and maybe by whom.


          The Center For Civil War Photography Mailing address:

          947 East Johnstown Road #161

          Gahanna, OH  43230

          They do not have a physical location.

          Please email them if you have questions about online orders, our events, and membership.  You can also email us questions about Civil War photography but we do give preference to members when answering the queue of questions that we receive.  We don’t do genealogical or appraisal work.




          Hope this helps,

          Elliot Schneider

          • Re: Seeking information about photo & Union soldier
            Phillip Bussey Wayfarer

            Hi, and Happy New Year!


            Lots of different photographers took photos of soldiers, and it's positive that yours has some form of ID number on it. That suggests that it is part of a collection, or possibly  taken by a photographer who was indexing a collection, or maybe even selling copies to the soldiers.  All positive signs, I believe.


            Do I understand that you actually have the photo and you are looking for whatever identifying information might be associated with the reference number? If you have the photo it's always helpful to see a scan of it, perhaps as as PDF file.


            If you don't have the photo, how about some details: rank of soldier, from what state, picture taken about when, possibly where it was taken (in camp, in town, at a studio, etc.). What is the number that you have?


            Anyway, the more info you can provide the more likely it will be to identify the source of the image you are seeking.


            Let me know if you have any questions.


            Phil Bussey

            • Re: Seeking information about photo & Union soldier
              Jason Atkinson Ranger

              Dear Mr. Syler,


              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


              For questions about Civil War era photographs in National Archives custody, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures (RDSS) via email at stillpix@nara.gov.


              Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDSS. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


              We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!