May 18, 2022

New National Archives Video Gives an Inside Look at the Volunteer-Supported Civil War Widows’ Pension Digitization Project

From a NARA News Release: A team of more than 60 volunteers led by professional staff at the National Archives has crossed the 100,000 mark in a project to digitize Civil War widows’ pension files and is featured in a new National Archives video short. The National Archives holds 1.28 million case files of the […]

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Profs Digitize Slave Filings & “Civil War Washington” Relaunches

From The Omaha World-Herald: A group of University of Nebraska-Lincoln professors is archiving the 19th-century petitions that, as a result of legislation enacted 150 years ago Monday, allowed slave owners in Washington, D.C., to receive government compensation for freeing their slaves. The team has transcribed and put 200 petitions on a UNL website exploring the […]

New Digital Collection: Diaries Digitized by UC Merced Tell First-Hand of Civil War, Lincoln Assassination

From the California Digital Library: A new digital collection provides a glimpse into the everyday life of a Union soldier during the U.S. Civil War, as well a first-hand account of President Lincoln’s assassination and its aftermath. The UC Merced Library contributed the collection to the Online Archive of California (OAC), Calisphere, and Merritt, in […]

Wisconsin Historical Society Makes 300 Civil War Maps Available Online

From the WHS Web Site: The Society’s online collection about Wisconsin in the Civil War recently added more than 350 Civil War maps. They join 20,000 pages of letters, diaries, memoirs and photographs already available. [Clip] About 50 of the maps published while the fighting was underway informed citizens on the homefront about the war’s […]

Penn State U. Announces Civil War Archiving Project

From a Penn State Live Story: A new project, “The People’s Contest: a Civil War Era Digital Archiving Project” aims to advance scholarship on the experiences of ordinary northerners during a period of extraordinary conflict, a lesser understood aspect of the Civil War era. The website chronicles Pennsylvania’s history from 1851, marked by the bloody […]