Library of Congress acquires 500 rare Civil War photographs

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WASHINGTON — A Houston housewife who has quietly collected rare Civil War images for 50 years has sold more than 500 early photographs to the Library of Congress.

The library announced the acquisition Sunday and is placing the first 77 images online. On Friday, Robin Stanford, 87, delivered the stereograph images from her collection to the library.

Some scenes offer a rare glimpse of slave life in the South from images made by Confederate photographers. Others show images of South Carolina at the start of the war. Another set depicts President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral procession in 1865.