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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 0.60 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): 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

Scope and Contents

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 copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

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:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1-2