HISTORY: Pioneering photographer and chronicler of American history Alexander Gardner (1821-1882), best-known for his images of the Civil War, travelled west in 1867 with the Union Pacific Railway Expedition, as chief photographer.

SCOPE: In the portfolio, Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad (1867), Gardner recorded with his camera the construction of the first transcontinental railroad and the towns along the route.

HOLDINGS: 3 sets of photographic prints. 127 plates.

ACCESS: Some of the material in Special Collection M-211 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition.