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Guide to the Scrapbook pages of H. A. Ogden Civil War prints mss.3750

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

December 2013

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-12-05T10:19-0600

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Scrapbook pages of H. A. Ogden Civil War prints

Unit ID:

mss.3750

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

1.0 Linear feet (12 scrapbook pages)

Dates:

circa 1900

Abstract:

Twelve scrapbook pages that have prints of Civil War officers and battles painted by H. A. Ogden.

creator

Ogden, Henry Alexander, 1856-1936

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains twelve scrapbook pages that have prints of Civil War officers and battles painted by H. A. Ogden. The prints (approximately 10" x 12.5") each depict one or more officers (Union and Confederate) prior to or in the midst of battle, and each is titled with the primary officer's name, the location and date of the action.

Illustrations clipped from magazines and other sources have been pasted on the verso of several of the pages. These clippings include pictures of rooms in the White House, two colored prints of Revolutionary War engravings, as well as several other historical pictures.

Biographical/Historical note

Henry Alexander Ogden was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 17 July 1856, but moved to Brooklyn, New York, when he was very young. He received his first training in art at the Brooklyn Institute and the Brooklyn Academy of Design. He began working with Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper at the age of seventeen. In 1881 he resigned from Leslie's and set up as a free-lance artist, submitting illustrations to various magazines and newspapers. Ogden's interest in early America and the Revolutionary War led him to his most ambitious project - a record of the uniforms of the United States Army. Commissioned by the Quartermaster General to prepare designs depicting the uniforms of the army since its inception in the eighteenth century. A dozen of the watercolors were completed by the mid-1880s and were used in the Regulations for the Uniform of the Army of the United States. In each drawing, he showed five soldiers of different ranks.

Besides his work on the uniform series, Ogden also provided illustrations for books, including The Pageant of America and was considered one of the leading authorities on colonial costume.

Ogden died on 14 June 1936, at Englewood, New Jersey.

Access Restrictions:

None

Usage Restrictions:

None

Acquisition Information:

gift of Wade Hall, 2008

Processing Information:

Processed by

Martha Bace, 2013

Preferred Citation:

Scrapbook pages of H. A. Ogden Civil War prints, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Source(s)

Hall, Wade H. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Scrapbooks (aat)

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Art and the war (lcsh)

War and Military (localbroad)

Scrapbook pages Box 3750.001