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EBSCO Introduces Civil War Primary Source Documents
EBSCO has introduced Civil War Primary Source Documents, a comprehensive digital collection of primary source materials chronicling aspects of the American Civil War. Drawn from the holdings of the New-York Historical Society, the collection captures various accounts of the Civil War as it was experienced on land and sea.
Civil War Primary Source Documents represents both Northern and Southern perspectives. The archive focuses on the war as it was fought from 1861 to 1865 and includes important contextual documents in the crucial years leading up to the war and after the fall of the Confederacy.
The collection comprises more than 110,000 pages and includes information from more than 400 individual collections. The invaluable primary resources include original manuscripts of letters, diaries, administrative records, photographs, illustrations, and artifacts. Personal accounts appear in various scrapbook journals and family portraits, and strategic initiatives are evident in maps featuring details of troop movements and local landmarks.
Highlights include letters and first-person accounts from such well-known leaders as Ulysses S. Grant; the papers of David Cronin, a famous soldier and artist; soldiers’ diaries chronicling daily life and experiences as prisoners of war; Union Defence Committee records and Confederate Army records.
EBSCO provides access to these materials via its Historical Digital Archives Viewer. The viewer brings content alive and allows users to explore, manipulate, collect, and export content. The unique functionality of the Historical Digital Archives Viewer enables it to reproduce the best aspects of the physical library research experience while incorporating the advances in modern digital technology.
EBSCO has continued to significantly increase the number of resources offered in its collection of digital archives. For more information on the complete collection, go to http://www.ebscohost.com/archives.
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