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M-211: Alexander Gardner

DATE: ca. 1867

CREATOR: Gardner, Alexander (1821 - 1882); American photographer 

SCOPE: In the portfolio, Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad (1867), Gardner recorded with his camera the construction of the first transcontinental railroad and the towns along the route.

EXTENT: 3 sets of photographic prints. 127 plates.

HISTORY: Pioneering photographer and chronicler of American history Alexander Gardner (1821-1882), best-known for his images of the Civil War, travelled west in 1867 with the Union Pacific Railway Expedition, as chief photographer.

ACCESS: This collection is available for on-site use only in the Rare Book and Manuscripts Reading Room. Some of the material in Special Collection M-211 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition. For collections marked limited access, researchers are advised to contact the library at least three business days in advance of their visit to submit a request to view the physical material.

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Preferred Citation: When citing the material from this collection, the preferred citation is: From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.