Answered By: Katie Hutchison Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016 Views: 1897
To begin, the Walsh Library has considerable number of book titles in our collection that are both primary and secondary sources on the American Civil War as well as slavery. To see what books we have, conduct a book search with keywords such as civil war AND diary, etc.
- The Brooklyn Daily Eagle - The Eagle was an important newspaper that covered both national and regional news. This archive is searchable and can also be browsed by date.
- Chronicling America - This Library of Congress maintained website contains multiple newspapers from the Conferate and Union states. Over 1400 newspapers are in the archive, but not all are from the Civil War era. Some titles include: Memphis Appeal (1857-1886), Chatanooga Rebel (1862-1865), New York Sun (1859-1916), and New York Daily Tribune (1842-1866).
- Harper's Weekly - This was a highly popular newspaper during the Civil War. The site is searchable and in chronological order with thumbnails of the front pages.
- Richmond Daily Dispatch (1860-1865) - This newspaper was published from the Conferate capital and has digitized 1300+ issues.
- Secession-Era Editorials - This site contains editorials from newspapers in the 1850s. Includes events like Harper's Ferry, Dred Scott, John Brown, and more.
- Virginia Runaways: Runaway Slave advertisements from 18th-century Virginia newspapers.
Maps and Photographs
- Civil War Maps - Brings together materials from three premier collections: the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Library of Virginia. Among the reconnaissance, sketch, and theater-of-war maps are the detailed battle maps made by Major Jedediah Hotchkiss for Generals Lee and Jackson, General Sherman's Southern military campaigns, and maps taken from diaries, scrapbooks, and manuscripts all available for the first time in one place.
- Pictures of the Civil War - The National Archives has organized the Matthew Brady and Alexander Gardner photographs into broad categories for easy browsing.
Diaries and Letters
- Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress - Approximately 20,000 documents which include correspondence, newspaper clippings, speeches, notes, pamphlets, and other materials from Lincoln.
- The John and James Booker Civil War Letters
- The Brand Family Civil War letters
- The Civil War Archive - Soldier letters, diaries, battle reports, and more.
- The Civil War Collection at Michigan State University - Huge online collection of newspaper articles, images, photos, diaries, and more from Michigan soldiers.
- Civil War Collection at Penn State - Scanned pages from diaries, newspapers, and more. There are currently no transcripts for the diaries, but most are easy to read.
- Civil War Diaries and Letters - The University of Iowa
- Civil War Diaries and Letters Collection from Auburn University - These collections consists of diaries and collections of letters from the Civil War era found in Special Collections and Archives. The diaries offer a unique look into the lives of common soldiers, spies and even a bodyguard of Abraham Lincoln. Letters include both private and official correspondence. Correspondents in the latter group include Rufus King and Ulysses S. Grant. Transcripts are provided for each handwritten page.
- Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict, 1855-1865 - A collection of letters, photos, and diaries that document the lesser known conflict between the states of Missouri and Kansas during the Civil War.
- The Civil War: Women and the Homefront - Includes digitized diaries and letters, including the online papers of Rose O'Neal, a Confederate spy. Other letters include those written by African-Americans describing life in the South.
- First Person Narratives of the American South - "First-Person Narratives of the American South" is a collection of diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives written by Southerners. The majority of materials in this collection are written by those Southerners whose voices were less prominent in their time, including African Americans, women, enlisted men, laborers, and Native Americans.
- Manuscripts of the American Civil War - From the University of Notre Dame Special Collections. Includes seven soldier diaries which have been transcribed from both sides of the war.
- South Carolina and the Civil War - Primary sources from eye witnesses of the Civil War in South Carolina. Includes diaries, sheet music, maps, letters, and photos. Viewable, but few have transcriptions.
- Virginia Military Institute Archives - 75 letters, diaries, manuscripts, and more from soldiers of both armies.
Dispatches and Battles
- Antietam on the Web - Site looks into the Battle of Sharpsburg (Antietam), looking at reports, excerpts, diaries, and letters.
- Making of America: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies - Orders, reports, and correspondence from the Union and Confederate navies.
- The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies - Formal reports from both Union and Confederate armies, including correspondence and orders.
Slavery and Abolitionism
- Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1938 - More than 2300 first-person accounts and more than 500 photos collected by the Federal Writer's Project and Works Progress Administration.
- Frederick Douglass Papers - Frederick Douglass' papers are digitized by the Library of Congress. Can be browsed by date and then type.
- North American Slave Narratives - "North American Slave Narratives" collects books and articles that document the individual and collective story of African Americans struggling for freedom and human rights in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and early twentieth centuries. This collection includes all the existing autobiographical narratives of fugitive and former slaves published as broadsides, pamphlets, or books in English up to 1920. Also included are many of the biographies of fugitive and former slaves and some significant fictionalized slave narratives published in English before 1920.
- Slavery and Abolition in the US: Select Publications of the 1800s - Digital collection of books and pamphlets that demonstrate the varying ideas and beliefs about slavery in the United States as expressed by Americans throughout the nineteenth century. The works in this collection reflect arguments on both sides of the slavery debate and include first person narratives, legal proceedings and decisions, anti-slavery tracts, religious sermons, and early secondary works. The publications are all drawn from the holdings of the Millersville University Library and the Dickinson College Library, as well as each of their respective Special Collections Departments. The collection includes more than 24,000 individual pages of printed text and corresponding searchable transcriptions. This online resource is made freely available to the public, and we hope that providing these rare and important research materials will enhance teaching and learning, at all levels of instruction, about this complex issue.
- Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860 - Contains just over a hundred pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States. The documents, most from the Law Library and the Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library of Congress, comprise an assortment of trials and cases, reports, arguments, accounts, examinations of cases and decisions, proceedings, journals, a letter, and other works of historical importance. Of the cases presented here, most took place in America and a few in Great Britain. Among the voices heard are those of some of the defendants and plaintiffs themselves as well as those of abolitionists, presidents, politicians, slave owners, fugitive and free territory slaves, lawyers and judges, and justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.