First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation Before the Cabinet, etching from the painting by F. B. Carpenter, 1864. From the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts Collection.



The historical collections accessed on this page were donated by various patrons and supporters of the Center. These collections enhance the Contemporary holdings and bring distinction to the Center by their uniqueness and originality. Largely these collections were put together by collectors who were scholarly and passionate about their subject; thus creating rich primary and secondary resources for future scholars. We are grateful for the legacy they created in their wisdom and foresight.