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U.S. History

This guide provides useful print and online resources to help people doing research in the History of the United States of America, defined broadly.

Civil War

Recommended Databases

African American soldier stands guard in Virginia during the Civil War.

City Point, Virginia. African American soldier stands guard. Civil war photographs, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Open Access Resources

Arkansas in the Civil War - Online access to a portion of the materials at the Butler Center related to Arkansas's involvement in the Civil War.

Civil War Collection at Michigan State University - Online collection of scanned letters, newspaper articles, images, photographs, diaries, and more, focusing on the experiences of Michigan soldiers.

Civil War Diaries and Letters - Scanned diaries and letters from the University of Iowa Libraries, some of which have been transcribed.

Civil War Diaries and Letters Collections - Diaries and letters covering both sides of the war, all of which have been scanned and transcribed.

Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints - About 7,000 different views and portraits made during the American Civil War (1861-1865) and its immediate aftermath

Civil War in america from the Illustrated London News -Selections of hundreds of articles from the magazine published between 1861 and 1865

Civil War Maps -A composite of three collections from the Library of Congress, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Library of Virginia that includes nearly 3000 maps.

Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict, 1855-1865 -A collection of letters, photographs, and diary entries that document the Kansas-Missouri border war.

Civil War Washington-A digital history project that allows users to study, visualize, and theorize the complex changes in the city of Washington, DC between 1860 and 1865 through a collection of datasets, images, texts, and maps.

Confederate Broadsides - digitized collection of over 250 Confederate broadside poems

Crisis of the Union - Archive of documents about the causes, conduct, and consequences of the war

Mapping Occupation - This digital history project provides insight into the role of the U.S. Army in the South during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Pennsylvania Civil War Deserters Database - Includes physical (height, weight), military (rank, enlistment date) and demographic (birthplace, ethnicity, occupation) information for Pennsylvania soldiers who enlisted in the Union army and subsequently were cited as deserters.

South Carolina and the Civil War - Primary sources by eyewitnesses form the holdings of the University of South Carolina.

Thomas Winston Papers 1854-1927 - This collection of documents relating to Winston's work as a surgeon for Illinois troops includes biographical materials, case histories, lists of medical supplies, and various documents related to soldiers.

Wisconsin in the Civil War - More than 20,000 original documents including diaries, letters, newspaper articles, photographs and more

Plantation Records

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