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Georgia Civil War Manuscript Collections

An Annotated Bibliography

David H. Slay

Publication Year: 2011

This book provides historians and genealogists with a one-stop guide to every Civil War–related manuscript collection stored in Georgia’s many repositories. With this guide in hand, researchers will no longer spend countless hours pouring through online catalogs, emailing archivists, and wondering if they have exhausted every lead in their pursuit of firsthand information about the war and the experiences of those who lived through and were impacted by it.
In assembling the first state-specific bibliography to be compiled since the Indiana and Illinois bibliographies were assembled for the Civil War Centennial in the 1960s, David Slay has expanded the scope of this survey to include works relating to women, African Americans, and social history, as well as the letters and diaries of soldiers who fought in the war, reflecting society’s evolving understanding and interest in this defining period of American life. In addition, this compilation is not confined to material produced from 1861 to 1865, but also includes collections spanning the lives of prominent Civil War figures, making it an invaluable source for biographers.
Organized by institution, Georgia Civil War Manuscript Collections has many time-saving features, all designed to increase efficiency of research. Each collection description contains the title and catalog number used in the holding institution. Where possible, collection descriptions have been improved upon, providing the researcher with information beyond what is listed in the holding institution’s card catalog and finding aid. It also cross-references duplicate collections that are held in two or more institutions as microfilm or photocopies. Simply put, Georgia Civil War Manuscript Collections takes the mystery out of Civil War research in Georgia.

Published by: The University of Alabama Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix-x

During the 1990s much noise was made over digitizing manuscript collections and posting them online. Some twenty years later we are no closer to seeing that happen. Fiscal realities and technological limitations...

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pp. xi-xii

This book represents a figurative and literal journey for me. I began working on it when I was an undergraduate at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia, in 1999. Three years and several thousand miles later I completed it in Fort...


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pp. xiii

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1. Georgia Department of Archives and History: Manuscript Collections

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pp. 1-25

Manuscripts, microfilm, and bound typescripts make up the lion’s share of the Civil War collections at the Georgia Department of Archives and History (GDAH). This first chapter lists the manuscript...

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2. Georgia Department of Archives and History: Microfilm Collections

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pp. 26-88

Private papers, government documents, and the CWM collection comprise the Civil War related microfilm collections at the GDAH. Stored in large filing drawers, patrons...

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3. Georgia Department of Archives and History: United Daughters of the Confederacy Bound Typescripts

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pp. 89-111

As aging Confederate veterans began to pass on during the early decades of the twentieth century, the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) stepped to the forefront as the principal defender..

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4. Emory University: Civil War Manuscripts

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pp. 112-165

With fair representations of material by Union soldiers, civilians, and Confederates, Emory University holds the most diverse collection in the state. Adding to the appeal of the collections is Emory’s policy...

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5. Emory University

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pp. 166-178

During his career as a professor at Emory University from 1949 to 1980, Bell I. Wiley actively sought out Civil War manuscripts held in private collections. The size and diversity of Emory’s collections...

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6. University of Georgia

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pp. 179-208

Like Emory, the collections at the University of Georgia also represent a broad cross section of Civil War society. While not having as much material by Union soldiers, Georgia’s collection stands...

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7. Georgia Historical Society

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pp. 209-224

The Georgia Historical Society’s collections are particularly rich on material relating to Savannah and prominent Confederate political and military figures. Most of the collections consist...

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8. Atlanta History Center

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pp. 225-238

While containing a broad spectrum of Civil War manuscripts, the city’s role as the object of General Sherman’s desire in 1864 figure prominently in the collections of the Atlanta History...

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9. Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park

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pp. 239-247

While obviously focused on the battles of Chickamauga and Chattanooga, the park library also holds numerous manuscripts. Virtually all of the collections in the park library are photocopies...

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10. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

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pp. 248-256

Like other National Park Service sites, the material held at Kennesaw Mountain is dominated by participants in the battle and limited to very few original documents. And like other...

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11. Middle Georgia Archives

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pp. 257-260

While relatively small in comparison to repositories like Emory and the University of Georgia, the collections at the Middle Georgia Archives are rich in local history collections relating...

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12. Georgia College and State University

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pp. 261-264

This collection contains papers relating to the Baldwin Blues, Company H, 4th Regiment GVI. Included is a list of men killed, wounded, and disabled as well as a letter written by General...

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13. Shorter College

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pp. 265-266

Shorter College participated in the Northwest Georgia Documentation Preservation Project to microfilm material from private collections. Held at both the Georgia Department of Archives...

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14. Andersonville National Historic Site

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pp. 267-268

This diary was written by Lyle Adair, a white soldier who was a prisoner of war at Andersonville and served in the 111th United States Colored...

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15. Troup County Archives

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pp. 269-270

This collection contains photocopies of eighty-four letters written by Joshua K. Callaway, 28th Alabama Infantry Regiment, to his wife...

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16. Augusta State University

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pp. 271-272

This collection contains payrolls, receipts, and inventories for Augusta Arsenal from April to July 1861. Included are ordnance and ordnance stores from units in an around Charleston...

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17. Small Manuscript Collections

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pp. 273-280

The following collections are too small to merit chapters of their own but are nevertheless worthy of mention. Some consist of a few letters, while others, such as those in the National Archives...

E-ISBN-13: 9780817385705
Print-ISBN-13: 9780817317447

Publication Year: 2011

Edition: 1

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  • Archives -- Georgia -- Catalogs.
  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources -- Bibliography.
  • Manuscripts, American -- Georgia -- Bibliography.
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