The Civil War Photographs Collection (more than 7,000 photographs, primarily negatives, 1861-65) does not provide much coverage of women's involvement in this national conflict. But the inclusion of women in scenes of military camp life, in hospitals, and in a few images showing African American families fleeing northward does provide visual clues suggesting the profound ways in which the war affected women's lives and vice versa.
Photographs in this collection are often associated with the name of Mathew Brady, although Brady really acted more as an entrepreneur, planning the documentation effort, commissioning other photographers to make the images, and attempting to market the resulting photographic record to the American public.
Most of the Civil War glass negatives and most of the photographic prints from the Civil War reading room file can be searched in the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, where the collection has its own listing. Digital images accompany most records. (Some negatives that were considered to be copy negatives have not been digitized.)
For images not found online, on-site researchers can: