The Becker Collection: Drawings of the American Civil War Era

The Becker Collection: Drawings of the American Civil War Era contains over 600 drawings documenting nineteenth-century America as it struggled to establish its national identity. Joseph Becker (1841–1910) and his colleagues were artist-reporters who witnessed scenes of Civil War battles, railroad construction, the Chicago Fire, and other newsworthy items of their day, sketched them, and sent their drawings to Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly Newspaper, where illustrations based on them were published. These “first-hand” drawings captured in lively and specific ways key developments in the history of America, and this digital archive presents them with contextualizing scholarship that enhances our viewing experience.
This project is a collaboration between the Digital Scholarship Group at the Boston College Libraries and the Art, Art History, and Film Department in the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences.