Scrapbook, 1864-1878, comprised of newspaper clippings from New York City pasted over a handwritten ledger. A majority of clippings are literary in nature and include short stories, household dramas, fairy tales, and humor. Several advertisements for theater productions are collected here as well. Articles on current events are interspersed throughout the scrapbook. Of particular note are a special report on the fall of Atlanta in 1864, coverage of Abraham Lincoln's assassination in 1865, and a full page illustration memorializing Lincoln. Also of interest are an American woman's account of Chinese customs, a description of a cyclone in India, a scientific report on tobacco smoking, and an article about sleep. Several pictorials and political cartoons also depict current events. Specifically, there are images of steamships, international cities, locations / scenes relating to the Civil War, and prominent figures such as Santa Anna, John J. Audubon, and Cardinal Wiseman. Humorous pictorials concern everyday life while the political cartoons primarily relate to the Civil War and have a Valentine's Day theme.
The binding on the scrapbook is completely unbound and contains some glue marks. Several pages are discolored and the bottom edges scorched.