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The Civil War sanitary fairs represent one of the most successful democratic, humanitarian and philanthropic efforts in American history. The fairs raised millions of dollars for the medical and humanitarian care of Union soldiers during the Civil War and provided a way for civilians to contribute time, energy and money to show their support for the Union cause. The items in this digital collection include sheet music, broadsides, stereographs, lithographs, financial appeals and other manuscript material, ground plans, art catalogs and ephemera. These materials, from the Kantor Collection on the U.S. Sanitary Commission and Sanitary Fairs donated by Robert and Marjorie Kantor, document the importance of the fairs and the U.S. Sanitary Commission, the agency for whose benefit the fairs were held, to improve both civilian morale and medical care for a predominantly volunteer army.
Finding Aid to the Kantor Collection on the U.S. Sanitary Commission and Sanitary Fairs