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The Becker Collection and First Hand: Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection

The Becker Collection contains hundreds of drawings created in the 1860s and '70s by Joseph Becker and other artist-reporters for Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Weekly. Since 2007, a project team at Boston College - including Sheila Gallagher, Associate Professor of Fine Arts and Becker's great-great granddaughter - has been working to archive and digitize collection materials. Currently, visitors can see the drawings at the Becker Collection website, or view a curated selection at First Hand: Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection. The main Becker Collection website can be browsed by subjects, artists, dates, and locations, and includes biographies of Becker and over 155 additional artists. An interesting way to approach the material is to select an artist and view all of that individual's work in the collection. The First Hand exhibition consists of about 120 selected drawings, chosen to illustrate not only the military side of the Civil War, but the effects of the war on social life. Also worth a visit is the Discoveries section, a sampling of undergraduate research using the Becker Collection.
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