The Department of Special Collections' Civil War manuscript classification includes all manuscript groups originating, wholly or primarily, in North America in the years 1861 to 1865. Also included are later manuscript groups of immediate relevance to the Civil War. "Manuscripts of the American Civil War" contains collection-level descriptions of the Department's processed holdings, which may be accessed via the menu to the left. Individual collections are typically distinguished by unity of provenance; consequently, the collections described on this site vary greatly in size, from a single manuscript to many hundreds.
In addition, "Manuscripts of the American Civil War" includes images and textual transcriptions of many of the Department's Civil War manuscript collections. Items thus far scanned and transcribed include one
topical collection, one collection of personal papers, six
diaries, 30 personal
letter groups or correspondences, comprising around 450 letters, and
three groups of military records. These digital collections are enumerated in drop-down lists beneath the main headings in the menu. They may also be accessed from their series descriptions. The conventions used in transcribing these manuscripts are outlined under Technical Details.
Questions and comments regarding this Web page should be directed to its general editor, George Rugg.