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Schaefer, Bernhard K. (Bernhard Karsch), 1897-1985
Bernhard K. Schaefer Civil War Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1845-1890 (mostly 1861-1870)
2 boxes and 0.90 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2


Consists of papers collected by American businessman and importer Bernhard K. Schaefer (Princeton Class of 1920) relating to the Civil War.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of papers collected by Bernhard K. Schaefer (Princeton Class of 1920) relating to the Civil War. Included are autograph letters of such Union officers as Ulysses S. Grant, John C. Fremont, Winfield Scott, George McClellan, William T. Sherman, Fitz-John Porter, and George Gordon Meade, as well as 80 others; many of the letters are accompanied by portrait engravings, field orders, and other documents. Also present are files of miscellaneous and unidentified letters, Civil War envelope covers depicting various officers and political caricatures (including some of Jefferson Davis), documents, pictures, supply requisitions, and War Dept. orders.


Arranged alphabetically.

Collection Creator Biography:

Schaefer, Bernhard K. (Bernhard Karsch), 1897-1985

American businessman, importer, and collector, Bernhard Karsch Schaefer (1897-1985) was a member of the Princeton Class of 1920.

Collection History


Gift of Bernhard K. Schaefer '1920.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2002. Finding aid written in 2002.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Bernhard K. Schaefer Civil War Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-2