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William Irwin Martin Civil War envelopes

Call Number



1861-1865, inclusive


Martin, William Irwin (Role: Compiler)


1.5 Linear Feet in one oversize box.

Language of Materials

English .


One bound scrapbook of envelopes published during the American Civil War, compiled by William Irwin Martin (1836-1901).

Biographical Note

William Irwin Martin (1836-1901) was an envelope manufacturer in the firm Samuel Raynor & Co. (later Raynor & Martin), located at 115 and 117 William Street in New York City. In the Civil War, Martin served in Pennsylvania during the Gettysburg campaign as a member of Company B of the 23rd Regiment of the New York National Guard. After retiring as an envelope manufacturer in 1892, Martin worked as a real estate broker at 60 Liberty Street in New York. Martin resided in Brooklyn with his wife, Catharine Clarke, whom he married in 1860, and their five children. He was a vestryman at Brooklyn's Church of the Messiah and a member of St. Bartholomew's Church in New York.

Missing Title

  1. "Marriage Announcement 1 - No Title." New York Times, April 3, 1860. Accessed September 2, 2011.
  2. "Obituary." New-York Tribune, April 15, 1901. Accessed September 2, 2011.;words=William+Civil+IRWIN+MARTIN+Irwin+Wars+war+WILLIAM+Williams+Martin+envelope+War+WILLIAMS

Scope and Contents

One bound scrapbook of envelopes published during the American Civil War, compiled by William Irwin Martin. The envelopes feature patriotic illustrations in support of the Union cause, portraits of Union Army generals, and representative images of Union states. Full-page color illustrations of events from the Civil War are also included.

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); William Irwin Martin Civil War envelopes, 1992.021, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source and date of acquisition unknown. Formally accessioned in 1992.

Collection processed by

Nicholas Pavlik

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Brooklyn Historical Society


Oversize: 1974.259 1 of 1 (Material Type: Mixed Materials)
Center for Brooklyn History
128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201