January 24, 2022

Research Tools: “The American Civil War: A Collection of Free Online Primary Sources”

Here’s a link to new webliography published in the May 2015 issue of C&RL News (College and Research Libraries News) that we think might be of interest to many of you and/or those you work with.

Kudos to the compiler/author of this webliography, Susan Birkenseer, a librarian at Saint Mary’s College of California, for her excellent work.

The webliography runs about 2000 words.


The American Civil War: A collection of free online primary sources


Susan Birkenseer


C&RL News
Vol 76, No 5 (2015)

From the Introduction:

Hundreds of websites offer insight into the American Civil War. This guide is not comprehensive, but it highlights a diverse collection of free websites of primary sources for the study of the war. These websites include digitized newspaper archives for both the Union and Confederate sides of

Resources are organized into the following categories:

  • Newspapers
  • Maps and photographs
  • Diaries and letters
  • Dispatches and battles
  • Slavery and abolitionism
  • Confederacy

Direct to Full Text Webliography: “The American Civil War: A Collection of Free Online Primary Sources”

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.