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Confederate Memorial Literary Society (CMLS) Image Collection

The Confederate Memorial Literary Society (CMLS) Image Collection includes approximately 6,300 items from the American Civil War Museum, including daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, cartes-de-visite, albumen prints, cabinet cards, stereographs, glass negatives, and lantern slides.

As part of an ongoing partnership between the Virginia Museum of History and Culture (VMHC) and the American Civil War Museum, VMHC staff have digitized these items to provide better access to this valuable collection. These items are noted in the collection by the “(CMLS)” suffix to their object number. At this time, nearly 3,000 of these items are available in our online catalog and more will become available as VMHC staff continue work on this project.

While VMHC maintains digital images of the items in this collection, the original photographic images were returned to the American Civil War Museum. For access to original items, please contact Robert Hancock, Director of the Collections Department at the American Civil War Museum, at rhancock@acwm.org.

To view all available CMLS Image Collection items, click here or go to our Museum Object Catalog, click the “Browse by Collection” tab above the main search box, and click the “CMLS Image Collection” button. Additional CMLS material can be found by searching our Library Catalog.