Search in ArchiveGrid the name of someone who was in the Civil War, and their name may pop up in a record about a collection of stories about life then that they wrote. After our next collection description index update, we will have more names from the Civil War that a project at University of Texas Austin has helped reveal discoverable in our system.
UT’s Briscoe Center for American History has a webpage of new finding aids that staff in the last two years created for more than 1,500 collections. A grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission helped the center spend the last two years identifying thousands of backlogged archival materials and making 1,500 of them available to researchers through new online, collection-level catalog records and finding aids.
Hidden gems: Civil War collections
More than 200 of these newly-revealed collections contain accounts of civilian and military life on both Confederate and Union sides during the Civil War 150 years ago, although much of the center’s holdings relate to ways the war changed life in Texas and the South.
Some highlights from the “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light” project:
- The Francis H. Nash Diary, the Jacob R. Cressinger Papers, and the Joshua K. Callaway Papers provide eyewitness accounts of the battles of Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge.
- The Pritchard Von David Papers contain an official copy of Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appottamox.
- The Nathaniel Wych and Malcolm Kenmore Hunter Family Papers chronicle the effect of the war on family life.
- The Fleming W. Thompson Letters yield a vivid account of the Battle of Gettysburg
- The papers of Sam Houston, Jr. contain a remarkable sketch of a Gettysburg battle scene.