Welcome to the First Hand: Civil War Era Drawings from the Becker Collection exhibition website. We invite you to learn more about the drawings in the exhibition, to consider some of the discoveries that others have made, to explore and research other works in the collection, and to share your discoveries with us.

The Becker Collection itself is a work in progress—numerous drawings still await identification and cataloguing, and the research and writing have just begun. Our goal is to provide opportunities for dialogue and discovery for all those interested in using drawings in the collection as sources for historical insight and aesthetic inspiration. The drawings offer many possibilities for future investigation.