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Microtext Subject Guide: Civil War - Diaries & Collected Papers


Southern Historical Manuscripts MFE 116
Collection of family papers, diaries, letters, and notebooks dealing with 19th century plantation life in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Virginia. The original manuscripts are at Louisiana State University.

  • Format: Microfiche - 526 fiche
  • Access: Printed bibliography - Southern Historical Manuscripts in MFE Guides.
  • Additional Subject: Black Studies

  • Travels in the Confederate States MFE 4482
    Not again until the twentieth century, if then, were there as many travelers in the South or in any other part of America as during the Civil War, for soldiers were travelers. And never have as many travel accounts been written dealing with so short a period of American life as appeared on the Confederacy. This collection of 3598 microfiche reproduces most of the 492 books of travel included in the annotated bibliography of the same title compiled by E. Merton Coulter in 1961. It includes "diaries, series of letters written from the scenes of action, reminiscences, autobiographies, and narratives written primarily as travel accounts". The Coulter bibliography is arranged by author and indexed by title and subject. The microfiche are arranged by a fiche number available in the printed list located in microfiche guides.

  • Format: Microfiche - 3598 fiche
  • Access: Printed list - Travels in the Confederate States, Microform in microfiche guides, and Travels in the Confederate States by Coulter, Ref/917.5/C83t

  • Collected Papers

    [Bragg] Thomas Bragg Diary, 1861-1862 MFM 218
    The diary of Thomas Bragg (1810-1872) covers the periods when he was a U.S. Senator from North Carolina (1861) when it seceded from the Union; Attorney General of the Confederate States of America (1861-1862); and a private citizen of Petersburg, Virginia (1862) who was very concerned about war news and the general condition of the country. Original is in the University of North Carolina Library.

  • Format: Microfilm - 1 reel
  • Access: Printed guide in MFM Guides

  • [Chase, Salmon P.] Papers of Salmon P. Chase, 1755-1898 MFM 503
    Salmond Portland Chase (1808-1873) was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Senator from and Governor of Ohio, Secretary of the Treasury in Lincoln's cabinet, lawyer, and abolitionist. This collection of approximately 12,150 items contains correspondence, diaries, letterbooks, speeches and writings, memoranda, financial and legal papers, and miscellany. The bulk of the material spans the years 1824-72. Beyond the detailed account of Chase's personal and professional life outlined in his diaries and correspondence, specific topics dealt with include his Cincinnati law practice, Ohio and national politics, the Liberty Party, anti-slavery activities, problems of national finance and banking, creation of a national currency (the issue of "greenbacks"), Civil War and Reconstruction, business of the Treasury Department and the Supreme Court, the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act. A copy of Appeal of the Independent Democrats, written by Chase to denounce the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, is included in the speeches and the miscellany includes an unfinished biography of Chase written by Edward L. Pierce in 1854 or 1855 when he was a student in Chase's office. Filmed from manuscripts at the Library of Congress.

  • Format: Microfilm - 38 reels
  • Access: Microfilmed card index to correspondence on first four reels; Some volumes of letterbooks are indexed.

  • [Dayton] William Lewis Dayton Papers MFM 98
    Documents and correspondence of lawyer, politician, and diplomat William L. Dayton (1807-1864) plus those of his wife and son, William L. Dayton, Jr. Includes source material on the June, 1864, Alabama-Kearsarge engagement.

  • Format: Microfilm
  • Access: Printed William Lewis Dayton Papers Index in MFM Guides

  • [Ewing] Thomas Ewing, Sr. Papers MFM 477A
    Thomas Ewing, Sr. (1789-1871) was U.S. Senator from Ohio, Secretary of the Treasury under Harrison and Tyler, Secretary of the Interior under Taylor and Fillmore, advisor to President Andrew Johnson, highly successful lawyer, and worker and owner in the salt-boiling business. This collection of papers includes his correspondence, law papers, financial papers, and miscellaneous items. The originals are at the University of Notre Dame Archives.

  • Format: Microfilm - 6 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Thomas Ewing, Sr., Papers in MFM Guides

  • [Kennedy] John Pendleton Kennedy Papers MFM 655
    John Pendleton Kennedy (1795-1870) was a significant figure in American literary, intellectual, and political life. This extensive collection of his manuscript journals, letters, notebooks, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous papers which he left to the Peabody Institute of the Enoch Pratt Free Library offers valuable source material to the student of 19th century America. Of outstanding significance are the 15 volumes of his daily journal from April, 1847, through September, 1869, which is of unparalleled value for anyone studying politics and culture in the tumultuous era from the Mexican War through the secession crisis, Civil War, and early reconstruction. Also included are complete manuscripts of all his published novels as well as his satire on Jacksonian Baltimore, Quodlibet, his two-volume Memoirs of the Life of William Wirt, and his published letters on the crisis of the Civil War.

  • Format: Microfilm - 27 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the John Pendleton Kennedy Papers in MFM Guides. Indexes to the letters are included on reel 12 of the microfilm (items 18 and 19). A detailed description of the papers written by Lloyd W. Griffin may be found in Maryland Historical Magazine, XLVIII (December, 1953), 327-36.

  • [Lincoln] Abraham Lincoln Papers MFM 298
    The papers of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), Congressman and President of the United States, were presented to the Library of Congress in 1923 by his son. They contain 194 volumes of general correspondence and related documents dated 1833-1916; one additional manuscript box of correspondence dated 1858-1865; and a miscellaneous manuscript box dated 1837-1897.

  • Microfilm - 97 reels
  • Access: Printed Index to the Abraham Lincoln Papers, 1960, in MFM Guides

  • [Memminger] Christopher G. Memminger Papers MFM 277
    Memminger (1802-1888) was a South Carolina state legislator who aligned himself with the Unionists but became a Secessionist and helped to draft both the South Carolina Ordnance of Secession and the Constitution of the Confederate States of America. He was the first Secretary of the Treasury of the Confederacy. He was also active in the public school movement and has been characterized as the founder of the public school system of Charleston.

  • Format: Microfilm - 1 reel
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Christopher G. Memminger Papers, 1966, in MFM Guides

  • [Perry] Benjamin Franklin Perry Papers MFM 203
    Reproduction of papers, consisting of approximately 200 items, from the Southern Historical Collection of the University of North Carolina Library. Dates range from 1822 to 1933. Perry (1805-1886) was a lawyer, state legislator, newspaper editor, and ardent Unionist of Greenville, S.C., who became the provisional governor of South Carolina in 1865 under the Johnson administration's reconstruction program.

  • Format: Microfilm - 2 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the Benjamin Franklin Perry Papers, 1967, in MFM Guides
  • Additional Subject: History. South Carolina

  • [Seward] Papers of William H. Seward MFM 631
    William H. Seward (1801-1872) was a lawyer, antislavery orator, reformer, governor of New York, U.S. Senator, and Secretary of State under Presidents Lincoln and Johnson. He played a key role in shaping the foreign and domestic policies of the U.S. during the periods of sectional conflict, Civil War, and Reconstruction. These papers include his correspondence; his Public Papers as Governor, Senator, and Secretary of State; his personal, financial, and legal papers; drafts of a number of his speeches; memorabilia related to his career; and related papers belonging to his family. Students of political science, economics, and social, intellectual, and diplomatic history of the 19th century will find much source material here. The originals are at the University of Rochester.

  • Format: Microfilm - 198 reels
  • Access: Printed The Papers of William H. Seward; Guide and Index to the Microfilm Collection, 1983, in MFM Guides

  • [Sherman] The Papers of William T. Sherman MFM 455
    The papers of William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) consist of correspondence, a journal of Mexican War service, military documents, printed matter (broadsides, circulars, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings), maps, photographs, memorabilia, and manuscripts of his Memoirs. They cover 1810-1896, with most dated between 1848 and 1891. Over half of the collection deals with his post-Civil War army career, and are particularly numerous during the period when he was Commanding General of the Army (1869-83). The greater part of this correspondence relates to the military expeditions against the Western Indians, problems of maintaining Indian reservations, and military territorial government matters. There are also detailed reports of new developments in ordnance and tactics by American military men traveling or stationed abroad. Close to a quarter of the papers cover the period of Sherman's retirement (1883-91). Material relating to his early army career (1840-53) and civilian careers in banking, law, business, and education (1853-61) make up about a tenth of the collection and only about a tenth dates from the Civil War years. The Memoirs and a long narrative of wartime experiences supplement the correspondence for this period.

  • Format: Microfilm - 51 reels
  • Access: Printed William T. Sherman; A Register of His Papers in the Library of Congress in MFM Guides

  • [Sherman, William Tecumseh] Family Papers MFM 455 F
    This collection includes correspondence and papers of General Sherman's father, Charles R. Sherman, as well as some Ewing family correspondence and letters between Sherman and his aide-de-camp Col. John C. Tourtellotte. Rolls 2-5 contain correspondence between Sherman and Ellen Ewing before and after their marriage and between Ellen and her father, Thomas Ewing. Rolls 6-9 contain items relating to the Sherman children and rolls 10-15 consist of articles, speeches, reports, financial papers legal documents and diaries of Gen. Sherman and his wife Ellen and their children as well as items relating to the deaths of Sherman and his wife.

  • Format: Microfilm - 15 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide to the Microfilm Edition of the William Tecumseh Sherman Family Papers (1808-1891) in MFM Guides
  • [Sumner] Papers of Charles Sumner MFM 1038
    Charles Sumner (1811-1874) was a prominent student, lawyer, reformer, and U.S. Senator. In the Senate and in his private life he was a major advocate for reforms, especially ending slavery, and was vitally concerned about America's intellectual reputation. Therefore, the Sumner correspondence collected here touches upon virtually every aspect of political, social, and intellectual life in mid-nineteenth century America. The collection is divided into two series. Series I contains all letters to and from Sumner in the Charles Sumner Papers collection at the Houghton Library, arranged chronologically. Series II contains all existing letters outside the Charles Sumner Papers collection, both to and from Sumner, which could be found through an exhaustive search over Europe and North America.

  • Format: Microfilm - 85 reels
  • Access: Printed Guide and Index to the Papers of Charles Sumner, 1988, in MFM Guides

  • [Tourgee] Albion W. Tourgee Papers, 1801-1924 MFM 123
    Albion W. Tourgee (1838-1905) was a union soldier, lawyer, North Carolina carpetbag jurist, U.S. consular officer, and author. His novel A Fool's Errand (1879) is an early literary picture of reconstruction. This collection is reproduced from the over 11,000 items at the Chautauqua County Historical Society in Westfield, N.Y. It contains correspondence, legal and military documents, business papers, manuscripts and printed copies of many of his writings, diaries kept by Tourgee and his wife, scrapbooks, and notebooks, all of which will help illuminate the man, his works, and his times.

  • Format: Microfilm - 60 reels
  • Access: Index at beginning of reel one.

  • [Warmoth] Henry Clay Warmoth Papers MFM 273
    Henry Clay Warmoth (1842-1931) was an officer in the Union Army during the Civil War, Reconstruction Governor of Louisiana, owner of Magnolia Plantation, railroad investor, and Republican politician. This collection consists of two series, each arranged in chronological order. The correspondence includes approximately 5000 items dating from 1789 to 1934, some belonging to other owners of Magnolia Plantation. The 82 volumes includes scrapbooks and diaries dated 1863-1867 and 1922-1931, plantation journals, slave records, and plantation account books. Originals are in the University of North Carolina Library.

  • Format: Microfilm - 22 reels
  • Access: Printed guide in MFM guides. Individual listing of the volumes in roll notes at beginning of film.

  • [Welles, Gideon] The Papers of Gideon Welles MFM 1182
    Gideon Welles (1802-1878) was a political leader, writer, editor, and Secretary of the Navy under Presidents Lincoln and Johnson. This collection of some 15,000 items contains general correspondence, official letterbooks, Welles' diary, drafts and copies of articles on the war, newspaper clippings, and biographical notes on Welles. It contains much information on the operation of the war; articles discussing the capture of James Mason and John Slidell, capture of New Orleans, emancipation, the use of monitors and Civil War politics; a report by a Confederate deserter on the manufacture and importation of weapons, ship construction, production of railroad iron, and the armor and firepower of the Merrimac, among other things.

  • Format: Microfilm - 36 reels
  • Access: No index.
  • [Yancy, Benjamin] Benjamin Cudworth Yancy Papers MFM 220
    Yancy (1817-1891) was a southern planter, lawyer, editor, businessman, civil war officer, and political figure who served at various times as a member of the legislature of three southern states, South Carolina, Alabama, and Georgia. This collection of 5,800 items which date from 1800 to 1931 also includes papers of his son, Hamilton Yancy.

  • Format: Microfilm - 16 reels
  • Access: Printed guide in MFM Guides