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HI 491i: The Civil War Era in Popular Culture

Course Instructor: Susanna Lee
Librarian: Cindy Levine

Primary Sources from the Civil War Era

Documenting the American South
Digital project from the library at UNC-CH, which includes texts, images, and audio files related to southern history, literature, and culture. It includes oral histories, slave narratives, and a section on The Southern Homefront, 1861-1865.

North American Women’s Letters and Diaries
Letters and diaries depicting the personal experiences of hundreds of women. Click on the Historical Events link to find civil war primary sources.

Valley of the Shadow
Digital archive of primary sources that document the lives of people in Augusta County, Virginia, and Franklin County, Pennsylvania, during the era of the American Civil War. Here you may explore thousands of original documents that allow you to see what life was like during the Civil War for the men and women of Augusta and Franklin.

American Memory
Digital Materials from the collection at the Library of Congress. American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience. There is a section on Selected Civil War Photographs.

Accessible Archives
Provides indexing and digital access to the following major periodicals and newspapers from the 18th and 19th centuries::
Godey's Ladys book, 1830-1880
The Pennsylvania gazette, 1728-1800
The Civil War, a newspaper perspective
African American newspapers, the 19th century

New York Times Historical Archive (via Proquest)
Provides fully searchable electronic access to the New York Times from 1851-2003. Includes full image of the actual newspaper articles. Illustrations and advertisements are included.

Published Primary Source Material
Search the NCSU Libraries Catalog, where you can find a reprinted writings and other materials from the Civil War Era. Here's a good way to get started:

1- Search for: United States Civil War
2- Look to the left, where it says Narrow Results By: Subject: Genre
3- Try choosing narrower terms such as: Primary Sources, Personal Narratives, Correspondence, Diaries

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