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The cipher Van Lew used to send messages to Union commanders.

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Names
Van Lew, Elizabeth L. (1818-1900) (Collector)
Collection

Elizabeth Van Lew papers.

Photographs.

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1862 - 1901
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 3135
Topics
Ciphers
Notes
Content : Elizabeth L. Van Lew (1818-1900) was an American abolitionist and federal agent during the U.S. Civil War. She aided the Union cause by providing intelligence reports from Richmond, Virginia, where she lived. She helped Union prisoners escape from their captors and also was involved in the "underground railroad". After the war, President Grant appointed her Postmaster of Richmond; then in 1877 she went to Washington, D.C. to work in the U.S. Post Office Department. She returned to Richmond during the Cleveland administration and spent her remaining years working for women's rights.

Content: Collection consists of correspondence, Van Lew's personal narrative, notes, photographs, artifacts, and clippings. Correspondence, 1862-1901, contains letters to and from Van Lew as well as letters relating to her activities. Bulk of the collection is her personal narrative of the war in Richmond. Also, notes on her ancestry and spying; photographs; artifacts, such as rings and studs carved by federal prisoners and given to her in gratitude for her services in their behalf; the cipher she used to send messages to Union commanders; and newsclippings concerning her death.
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
RLIN/OCLC : NYPW94-A376
NYPL catalog ID (B-number) : b11992509
UUID: acce9040-c618-012f-81d2-58d385a7bc34

Item timeline of events

  • 1818: Creator Born
  • 1862: Created (Approximate)
  • 1900: Creator Died
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

MLA Format

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "The cipher Van Lew used to send messages to Union commanders." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1862 - 1901. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/68c81009-133f-dc11-e040-e00a18062a26

Chicago/Turabian Format

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "The cipher Van Lew used to send messages to Union commanders." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed August 30, 2015. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/68c81009-133f-dc11-e040-e00a18062a26

APA Format

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. (1862 - 1901). The cipher Van Lew used to send messages to Union commanders. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/68c81009-133f-dc11-e040-e00a18062a26

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The cipher Van Lew used to send messages to Union commanders.