Frederick Hill Meserve, who lived in New York City, began collecting the photographs in 1897, initially to illustrate his father's Civil War memoirs. He bought his first package of about 100 photos for $1.10 in an auction. In 1902 in New Jersey, he acquired an important collection of Mathew Brady glass negatives, including several of Lincoln. [ ... ] Eventually his collection numbered more than 200,000 items ...
Kenneth T. Jackson of Chappaqua, a professor of history at Columbia University ... said the collection is extraordinarily rich, but hasn't been as accessible as some of the other great troves of historical photography because of its unusual history.
Private ACW photo collection to go public
Very interesting developments in New York state. These photos may be accessible soon: