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Credo Reference - US Civil War

is a collection of reference articles related to the US Civil War

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ABC-CLIO E-book Collection

An essential English database that offers access to over 6,000 titles, including the following publications: American Foreign Relations Since 1600; American Slavery; Daily Life Through History;Critical Companions to Popular Contemporary Authors; Historic Events of the 20th Century; Literature in Context.

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Civil War Subject Headings

Browse these subect headings and sub-headings. Click on the headings to find library holdings such as books, government documents, movies, and more.   You'll also want to do a keyword search to find appropriate headings for your specific topic.

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Primary Sources

- Search the Randall Library catalog (and other libraries) for history makers' names as authors. This should retrieve their memoirs, diaries and correspondence. 

- As you search subject topics in the catalog, note that the following subdivisions indicate primary source (* indicates it can be used with individuals' names,classes of persons [e.g., soldiers], and organizations) :

  • Archives *
  • Caricatures and cartoons
  • Correspondence *
  • Diaries *
  • Early works to 1800
  • Facsimilies
  • Interviews
  • Newspapers [e.g., African Americans -- Newspapers]
  • Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
  • Pamphlets
  • Personal narratives (used in relation to specific events only)
  • Photographs
  • Pictorial works
  • Songs and music
  • Sources
  • Speeches, addresses, etc.*
  • Treaties

​​- More suggestions can be found on the  "Primary Sources guide.

Here are just a few useful free sources for U.S. Civil War primary sources

Randall Library - Special Collections

Here are our collection's manuscript finding aids and information about using Special Collections. Links to finding aids are also in the library catalog.

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American Memory Project

Images, videos, and presentations compiled by the U.S. Library of Congress related to American history.

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Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1841-1902

Complete text of the Brooklyn, NY, newspaper, which chronicled national and international affairs as well as local news and daily life in Brooklyn. 1841-1902.

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Harper's Weekly; the Civil War Era and Reconstruction I and II

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Born in Slavery : Slave Narratives from the Federal Writer's Project 1936-1938

contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former enslaved people. From the American Memory Library of Congress.

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Documenting the American South

Documenting the American South (DocSouth) is a project at UNC-Chapel HIll that provides online access to texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. Currently DocSouth includes sixteen thematic collections of books, diaries, posters, artifacts, letters, oral history interviews, and songs.

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Eastern North Carolina Digital Library

contains nearly 400 texts (including fictional works) and maps pertaining to the history of 41 eastern North Carolina counties were selected and digitized from East Carolina University's Special Collections. The collection is searchable by author, title, subject, and keyword.

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Making of America (Cornell)

Full-text for 22 journals and 267 books from the 19th century.

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Includes 22 periodicals, 1815-1901, and 109 monographs. It also provides full-text searchable access to Official Records of the War of the Rebellion (both Armies and Navies series).
Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War

using letters, diaries, newspapers, speeches, church and census records, this site presents the experiences of two towns, one Northern and one Southern, from John Brown's Raid through Reconstruction. A project of the University of Virginia Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.

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Making Of The Modern World

The Making of the Modern World provides digital facsimile images of primary sources that track the development of the modern, western world through the lens of trade and wealth. Full-text searching across millions of pages of works from the periods 1450-1850, 1851-1914, and 1890-1945 provides researchers access to material for research in the areas of history, political science, social conditions, technology and industry, economics, area studies and more. Includes books, serials, pamphlets, essays and more.

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Other History Research Guides

is a list of all the research gudes for history. 

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Searching Beyond Randall Library

is a guide to searching beyond Randall Library for hard-to-find items.

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