Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Civil War records, 1850-1917

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: MS#1273
Bib ID 4079618 View CLIO record
Title Civil War records, 1850-1917
Physical Description 4 linear feet (9 boxes; 1 oversize box 1 bound volume)
Language(s) English .

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.



Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.



Materials relating to the American Civil War and the men who fought in it, chiefly of the Union Army.

Correspondence, manuscripts, documents, photographs, memorabilia, and printed materials. In most instances the letters are addressed to some close relative and record the daily happenings of life on the battle line, in camp or in prison. There are eleven letters from Union War veterans who lost their right arm during the war in response to an award offered by William Oland Bourne, 1819-1901, editor of "Soldier's Friend, a monthly periodical" for the best specimen of left-handed penmanship. There are eleven letters from Capt. O. Baker, Jr. about the difficulties in freighting his ship during the 1863 draft riot in New York. There are a few reports and other official documents, military passes, photographs and a collection of print copies of unusual photographs of military offic

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Civil War records; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Mrs John F. Evans, 1955.

Gift of William Bridgewater, 1965.

Gift of Marjorie Hone, 1967.

Gift of Allan Nevins, 1970.

Gift of Mae Schaettle, 1970.

Gift of Mrs Eldon T. Freed, 1973.

Gift of H.L. Fellows.

Gift of Harvey V. Fondiller, 1983.

Gift of Ethical Culture-Fieldston School Archives, 1992.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Papers Entered in AMC 12/04/1990.

G.E. Brown diary Cataloged HR 01/13/1993.

Poem by Dalzell & song by Dresser Cataloged HR 05/17/1995.

13 a.l.s. from O. Baker, Jr Cataloged HR 06/25/1997.

Revision Description

2009-06-26 File created.

2011-11-07 EAD created by PTL

2019-05-20 EAD was imported spring 2019 as part of the ArchivesSpace Phase II migration.

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

All links open new windows.


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Albums (books) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Biographies (literary works) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Caricatures Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Maps (documents) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Memorabilia Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Military passes Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Muster rolls Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Photographs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Poems Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
African Americans -- History Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Beauregard, G. T (Gustave Toutant), 1818-1893 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Bourne, Wm. Oland (William Oland), 1819-1901 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Brady, Mathew B., approximately 1823-1896 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dalzell, James McCormick, 1838-1924 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Disabled veterans -- Rehabilitation Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Draft Riot, New York, N.Y., 1863 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Dresser, Paul, 1858-1906 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Editors Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Grant, Ulysses S (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Merchant mariners Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Penmanship, Left-handed Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Rhodes, Elisha Hunt, 1842-1917 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Soldiers Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Songs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Supercargos Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States. Army -- Military life Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Veterans Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID