Scope and Content
Title: Jay T. Last Collection of American Civil War and Military Prints and Posters
Bulk dates: 1861-1895
Collection Number: priJLC_MIL
Last, Jay T.
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Abstract: The Jay T. Last Collection of American Civil War and Military Prints and Posters consists of over 330 printed works, mostly
lithographs. Intaglio and relief prints are also included. The majority of the collection, approximately 250 prints, depict
or relate to the American Civil War. Collection dates range from 1835-1920 with the bulk of materials spanning 1861-1895.
The military prints form part of the Jay T. Last Collection of Lithographic and Social History and provide rich resources
especially for the study of nineteenth and early twentieth century American printing history, visual culture, and social history.
Finding aid last updated on April 5, 2013.
The collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information,
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In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from
the office of the Library Director.
Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Huntington as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to
include or imply permission of the
copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
[Item title, Call number]. Military Prints, Jay T. Last Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
This collection forms part of the Jay T. Last Collection of Lithographic and Social History, which was
donated to the Huntington Library by Jay T. Last in 2005 as a gift in progress. The bulk of the Military Prints were transferred
to the Huntington Library in 2010; additional items were received and cataloged in 2012-2013.
Two items described in this finding aid (MIL_0000004 and MIL_0000005) are of uncertain provenance and were previously included
as part of the Huntington
Library Historical Print Collection; they were merged with the Last Collection in 2012.
The Jay T. Last Collection is an unparalleled archive of printed paper artifacts that documents American lithographic history.
The collection began in the early 1970s when physicist and Silicon Valley pioneer Jay Last moved to Southern California and
started collecting citrus box labels he found at local flea markets and rummage sales. As his collection grew, Last realized
that these labels conveyed important information about commercial printing, graphic design, and social history, and he expanded
his collection to include other forms of American visual culture. Today this collection contains more than 140,000 lithographic
prints, posters, and ephemera of mostly 19th and early 20th century American origin and represents works by more than five
hundred lithographic companies.
Scope and Content
The Jay T. Last Collection of American Civil War and Military Prints and Posters contains over 330 printed works, mostly lithographs
as well as some intaglio and relief prints.
The collection is divided into two series: American Civil War and Other Military. Each of these series is divided into four
subseries: General Prints, Battle Scenes, Portraits, and Certificates & Registers.
Within the General Prints subseries there are depictions of camps, hospitals, monuments, prisons, refreshment saloons, recruitment
posters, news accounts and maps. The Battle Scenes subseries includes depictions
of battles, including a set of commemorative battle scenes printed by Chicago lithographers Kurz & Allison from the American
Civil War. The Portrait subseries includes portraits of military and political leaders.
There are a few group portraits, but the majority are individual portraits. Notable holdings in the American Civil War series
are the portraits printed by Cincinnati lithographers Ehrgott & Forbriger and by the
Chicago lithographers Kurz & Allison. The Certificates & Registers subseries consists of discharge certificates, blank certificates,
lists of officers, registers of companies or units, memorial records and
association membership lists. The bulk of materials spans the years 1861-1895 with commemorative prints and military certificates
dating to the 1920s.
Some prints included in this finding aid have not yet been fully cataloged and are lacking complete artist, printer, publisher,
and date information; these prints are identified at the item-level by the note "(In Process)."
Alternative Form of Materials Available
The collection is arranged in the following two series:
Individual items within series are arranged numerically by call number and described in the following format:
Artist (when known). Title of print. Printer/Publisher (when known), Date of issuance.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
For additional subject terms and specific geographic locations
see individual item records in the Huntington Digital Library.
Group portrait prints.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Printer, Publisher, Artist Index
The following is a complete list of printers, publishers, and artists represented in the collection.
A. Brett & Co.
A. Hoen & Co.
Bachelder, John B. (John Badger), 1825-1894
Bachmann, John, fl. 1849-1885
Baker & Godwin
Baker, Joseph E., ca. 1837-1914
Baum, C. (delineator)
Bien, Julius, 1826-1909
Bingham & Dodd
Boetticher, Otto, b. ca. 1816
Bross & Co.
Brown, B. S. (publisher)
Caldwell & Co.
Calhoun Printing Company
Calvert Lithographing Co. (Detroit, Mich.)
C. Frank King Lith.
Chapin, John R., 1827-1907
Childs, J. (John)
Clay, Cosack & Co.
Craig, Finley & Co.
Crow, Thomas & Eno
Currier & Ives
Dainty, John (publisher)
Davis, W. W. H. (William Watts Hart), 1820-1910
De La Matyr, E. B. (publisher)
Donovan, John (delineator)
Doolittle, H. S. (publisher)
E. Sachse & Co.
E. W. Smith & Co.
Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co.
F. A. Wenderoth & Co.
Fabronius, Dominique C.
Feusier & Turberg
Feusier, Augustus (lithographer)
Fisher, Robert J. (artist, publisher)
Fox, Stanley (lithographer, publisher)
Gay, James D.
Gibson & Co. (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Goff & Bro.
Goupil & Cie
Harper & Brothers
Herline & Hensel
J.H. Bufford’s Lith.
J.H. Bufford’s Sons Lith.
Joel, Joseph A., d. 1906
Johnson, Chauncey A. (artist)
Julius Bien & Co.
Keppler, Joseph Ferdinand, 1838-1894
Keystone Publishing Co.
Kimmel & Forster
King & Baird
King, C. Frank
Knickerbocker, Charles E.
Kramer, L. (lithographer)
Kurz & Allison
Lewis & Goodwin
Lipman, L. (Louis)
Louis Prang & Co.
Lyons, W. (publisher)
M.H. Traubel & Co.
Magee, John L.
Mathews, Alfred Edward, 1831-1874
Matson & Co.
Mayer & Stetfield
Mayer, Merkel & Ottmann
McCallum, J. (delineator, publisher)
McLean, A. (lithographer)
Middleton, Strobridge & Co.
Milmore, Martin, 1844-1883
The Monumental Bronze Co.
Newman, F. (sketch artist)
Ordway, Alfred (sketch artist)
Queen, James, 1824-ca. 1877
P.S. Duval & Son
Pettibone Bros. Mfg. Co.
Porter, George W. (artist, publisher)
Rosenthal, L. N. (Louis N.)
Rosenthal, Max, 1833-1918
Sarony, Major & Knapp Lith.
Sartain, William, 1843-1924
Schrader, Theodor, 1812-1897 (lithographer)
Schroeder & Sanders
Schroeder, H. (lithographer)
Smith, Benjamin Franklin, Jr. (lithographer, publisher)
Smith, William, printseller
Stetfield, Charles (lithographer)
Strong, Thomas W.
T. Sinclair’s Lith.
Thomas & Eno
Thulstrup, Thure de, 1848-1930
W. Endicott & Co.
Walter, C. (artist)
Welcker, T. (lithographer)
Williams, Job T. (publisher)
Woods, Oliver Evans (publisher)
Wynkoop, Hallenbeck & Thomas