From the William F. Laman Library:

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (William F. Laman Library) -- Private collector from Atlanta, Georgia, David Wynn Vaughan has arguably the largest collection of Civil War Confederate images in the nation, many of them identified. The exhibition will feature 70 of his images in 9 thematic sections. One section highlights his rare collection includes eight of the known 12 portraits of cadets at the Georgia Military Institute.

"Portraits in Gray" is a unique multi-themed gallery which provides the viewer with an in depth emotional experience and knowledge of photographic subjects from the time of the Civil War. The portraits themselves are high quality large size reproductions of originals from David Wynn Vaughan's nationally acclaimed collection of Southern soldiers, which draw the viewer into the eyes of each subject. Each image holds an expression frozen in time.

The exhibition seeks to educate the viewer about the how photography of the period has become so important to the modern historian. The viewer learns about the photographers of the time and the many processes they used. The viewer will also learn the intimate details of a soldier's visit to have his "likeness" made. Finally, the gallery through the collected wisdom of David Vaughn will assist the novice collector in the dos and don'ts of collecting period images. All of the images (are only a fraction of David's collection) were selected by David and museum curatorial staff based upon their aesthetic appeal and best representation of each gallery section theme. This exhibit is presented by the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, Kennesaw, Georgia

"The entire collection is exceptionally rare and gives us insight into the human face of the American Civil War, as well as the importance of the photographers and photography of the period, and the valuable visual record they left behind," Curator Mike Bearrow said.

Portraits in Gray will be on display in the exhibit hall at The William F. Laman Public Library until June 15. The library is open from are 9 a.m. -9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9a.m. -5p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1-5p.m. Sunday. Admission to the exhibit is free. For more information please call (501) 758-1720 or visit

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