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At a Glance
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
Formerly titled "Civil War records"
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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.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Collection of American Civil War documents; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Papers: Source of acquisition--Various. Method of acquisition--Purchase and gift.
G.E. Brown diary: Source of acquisition--Ethical Culture-Fieldston School Archives. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--12/21/1992. Accession number--M-92-12-21.
Poem by Dalzell & song by Dresser: Source of acquisition--2293B. Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--05/02/1995. Accession number--M-95-05-02.
13 a.l.s. from O. Baker, Jr: Source of acquisition--6758B (Friends). Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--05/09/1995. Accession number--M-95-05-09.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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.
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.
2021-09-20 Changed title to Collection of American Civil War documents. kws