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U.S. Civil War Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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Summary Information

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Bib ID:4079618 View CLIO record
Title:U.S. Civil War Papers, ca. 1850-1917
Physical description:4 linear ft. (ca. 2,000 items in 9 boxes; 1 oversize box; and 1 bound volume)
Language(s):In English
Access: This collection is housed on-site.  More information »



Selected materials cataloged; remainder arranged.

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Scope and Content

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

Series IV: Prints of photographs by Mathew Brady, circa 1860-1864

Prints of photographs by Mathew Brady, c. 1860-1864. Silver prints, 13.5 x 16.5 mounted on board 16" x 20". Each print from the original Brady negative, printed circa 1950, from negatives which were subsequently donated to the Smithsonian Institution.

Entries for the identified portraits have been added to the General Portrait Collection file. Gift of Harvey V. Fondiller, 1983.

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Using the Collection


Access Restrictions

This collection is housed on-site.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish materials must be obtained in writing from the Librarian for Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Preferred Citation

U.S. Civil War Papers. Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Columbia University.

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About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries. Rare Book and Manuscript Library; machine readable finding aid created by Columbia University Libraries Digital Library Program Division

Processing Information

Papers Entered in AMC 12/04/1990

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

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

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

Machine readable finding aid generated from MARC-AMC source via XSLT conversion June 26, 2009 Finding aid written in English.
    2009-06-26 File created.
    2011-11-07 EAD created by PTL

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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.

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HeadingCUL Archives:
CUL Collections:
Nat'l / Int'l Archives:
Military passes.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID
Muster rolls.PortalCLIOArchiveGRID


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

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History / Biographical Note


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