Views showing rows of tents adorned with flags and recruitment banners lining the central path in the tree-lined square. Views also include soldiers manning the tents, male visitors, and women standing outside the gate of the square., Attributed to F. De B. Richards., LCP AR [Annual Report] 2000, p. 63-64., One of the images [P.9808.3] reproduced in The Print and Photograph Department of the Library Company of Philadelphia's Center City Philadelphia in the 19th century (Portsmouth, N.H.: Arcadia Publishing, 2006), p. 120., Arcadia caption text: From September to October 1862, Independence Square was transformed into the Civil War recruiting camp Camp Independence. In an effort to avoid a statewide draft, recruiters manned 25 tents along the main thoroughfare amid a band playing patriotic music and under the gaze of dutiful spectators. A few thousand of the over 80,000 Philadelphians who served in the military during the Civil War enlisted at this site, one of the most successful in the city.
Richards, F. De B. (Frederick De Bourg), photographer
September or October 1862
Library Company of Philadelphia | Print Department photo - Richards - Civil War [P.9808.2 & 3]
View depicting young female campers, including African Americans, near pitched tents on a campground. Shows a field with a line of tents. The girls stand in front of the opening of the tents. In the right background, a small building is visible. Probably an "open air" program to rehabilitate tuberculosis patients sponsored by the Philadelphia Health Council and Tuberculosis Committee. The committee, founded in 1920 by Dr. Lawrence Flick, operated until 1944., Title from negative sleeve., Photographer's imprint inscribed on negative., Purchase 1978., Description revised 2022., Access points revised 2022., Part of digital collections catalog through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Corbett, Governor, 2013-2014.
Jennings, William Nicholson, 1860-1946, photographer
Library Company of Philadelphia | Print Department Jennings [P.9479.11781]
Postcard showing an African American Chautauqua meeting. Depicts African American men, women, and children gathered near several tents. In the foreground, an African American woman and man, possibly Mrs. and Mr. Mason, stand and look at the viewer next to a wooden chair with a hat on top of it. Chautauqua meetings, developed from the Lyceum Movement, were traveling tent shows providing education and entertainment to early 20th-century audiences., Title and date from item., Photographic paper company's imprint on verso: Mermont Photo Paper Co., New York., Purchase 2001., Description revised 2022., Access points revised 2022., Digitized with funding from a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (PW-506-19-10), 2010-2012.
Library Company of Philadelphia | Print Department LCP postcards - Events [P.9933.9]