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Special Collections & Archives Research Guide

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This guide describes the manuscript collections containing materials for Civil War research in the Special Collections of the Library at Old Dominion University. The collections are few in number but rich in material containing diaries, correspondence, orders, dispatches, reports, petitions, telegrams and currency. This material covers a wide variety of events, attitudes, and perspectives, from both the Confederate States and United States. Politics, military affairs, life as a soldier and the hardships of war are all documented in these collections. The descriptions primarily discuss the papers of the collections which pertain to the Civil War; however, the preceding decades and Reconstruction are also described.

The entries are arranged alphabetically, including the collection number, the inclusive dates of the collection and the collection's size. Please note the collection number because it acts as the location code. Electronic finding aids are available where highlighted. All other finding aids are available in the repository.

Revised: 9/18/2009

Civil War Collections

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