The Frank A. Bracken Civil War Collection provides online access to U.S. Civil War related correspondence, certificates, maps, photographs, plaques, weapons, uniforms, and other artifacts from circa 1860-2000 collected by Frank A. Bracken.
Frank A Bracken is the son of Alexander M. Bracken and Rosemary Ball Bracken. Bracken began his career as an attorney for Bingham McHale LLP. He has served in leadership and board positions for several local companies including the George and Francis Ball Foundation, Ball Corporation, Ball State University, and First Merchants Corporation. In 1989, Bracken was nominated as the Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior and remained in that role until 1993. Bracken was also a researcher of Civil War topics and was involved in battle reenactments and battle field preservation as a member of the Civil War Preservation Trust. As a result of his active research and preservation efforts, Bracken established a personal collection of Civil War books, paintings, photographs, and artifacts, many of which are featured in this digital collection.
Archives and Special Collections SPEC.094: Frank A. Bracken Civil War collection finding aid