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U.S. Civil War & Reconstruction
The library has a rich collection of material relating to the U.S. Civil War, its causes and aftermath. The library catalog, linked at left, will help you find full-length books on the topic. You should search America: History & Life for secondary source journal articles.
The databases listed below will help you find primary sources abut the U.S. Civil War, though you should also use the other techniques found on the Primary Sources page.
19th Century U.S. Newspapers
Historical primary source newspapers, featuring full-text content including images. Covers newspapers that published in the 1800s from a range of urban and rural regions throughout the U.S. Coverage: 1800s, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Access to a number of American 19th-century journals and newspapers. Special African-American, Civil War and Pennsylvania coverage. Coverage: 19th century, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
African American Archives
Original historical documents pertaining to the history of African Americans, mostly in the United States, but also from the Colonial era and the West Indies. Gift of Robert J. Weinstein, Dickinson College class of 1941. Coverage: contains primary sources.
American Civil War Research Database
A resource for researching the individuals, regiments, and battles of the American Civil War, with indexed, searchable information on 4.3 million soldiers and thousands of battles, with 16,000+ photographs. Coverage: U.S. Civil War Era, mid-nineteenth century, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
American Civil War: Letters and Diaries
The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries contains more than 400 sources of diaries, letters, and memoirs, to provide fast access to thousands of views on almost every aspect of the war. This electronic collection includes 100,000 pages of re-keyed and indexed text, including 4,000 facsimile pages of previously unpublished manuscript material. Coverage: 1855 -1875, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Library of Congress Digital Collections
Primary materials from the Library of Congress, covering various periods of American history. Includes photographs, manuscripts, rare books, maps, recorded sound, and moving pictures. Special online collections of Native American history, African-American history, United States presidents, immigration, literature, and cultural history. Coverage: American history, time periods vary, contains primary sources. Coverage: varies, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
American Periodicals Series Online 1740-1900
Over 1,100 periodicals that first began publishing between 1740 and 1900, including special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines, and many other historically-significant periodicals. Coverage: 1740 to 1900, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Ancestry Library Edition
Database for genealogy and advanced biographical research. Includes census data, military records, birth/death/marriage records, immigration records, slave narratives, historic maps, photographs, and biographical dictionaries and directories. Coverage: 1790-present, contains primary sources. Mostly Full-Text.
Civil War Era
Full-text runs of regional U.S. newspapers from the 1850s, as well as pamphlets covering a wide range of topics. Contains primary source documents that encompass the buildup to and evolution of the American Civil War that shaped the Nation's identity. Coverage: contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Documenting the American South
An extensive collection of full-text sources on Southern history, literature, culture, and religion, covering from 1624 to 1920. Coverage: 1624 to 1920,contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Fully searchable, articles and images from the American Hebrew & Jewish Messenger; American Israelite; Atlanta Constitution; Atlanta Daily World; Baltimore Afro-American; Boston Globe; Chicago Defender; Chicago Tribune; Guardian & Observer; Jewish Advocate; Jewish Exponent; Los Angeles Times; New York Amsterdam News; New York Times; Philadelphia Inquirer; Philadelphia Tribune; Pittsburgh Courier; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Wall Street Journal; Washington Post. Coverage varies by paper but goes back as far as 1849. Coverage: 1849-2005, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
A set of 12 collections of primary source documents covering aspects of US history. Collections include: Black Freedom, Immigration, NAACP, Plantations, Politics and Society 1960-75, Slavery and the Law, Vietnam War, Civil War, World War II, and Women's Rights. Coverage: contains primary sources. Full text.
Stories of the U.S. Civil War era (1840-1880) through the window of Dickinson College. Includes images, documents, timelines, maps, blogs, and online exhibits. Coverage: 1840-1880, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Illustrated Civil War Newspapers and Magazines
Important and rare periodicals from Confederate, Union, abolitionist, and British presses. Includes illustrations from issues published from 1860 to 1865. Coverage: 1860-1865, contains primary sources. Full-Text.
Reconstruction of Southern States: Pamphlets
This open access collection provides unique insights into the three major initiatives of the Reconstruction Era in American history: restoration of the Union, transformation of Southern society, and enactment of progressive legislation favoring the rights of freed slaves. Pamphlets were collected by the Department of State Library and comprise speeches, debates, political statements, legislative bills, and more. Coverage: 1865-1869 and 1877, contains primary sources. Full text.
Slavery & Abolition Resource Center
Contains books and pamphlets reflecting both sides of the American slavery debate. Includes first person narratives, legal proceedings and decisions, anti-slavery tracts, religious sermons, and early secondary works. Citations Only. Coverage: contains primary sources. Full text.
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