Research Collections

Mississippi State University

  • Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library

    The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library, housed in Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University, is home to about 15,000 linear feet of correspondence, research notes, artifacts, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia, plus 4000 published monographs on the general and president. This is the largest single collection of Grant papers and additional items in the world. Selections from the collection were compiled into a series of thirty-one volumes entitled The Papers of Ulysses S. Grant, which can be viewed in their entirety through Mississippi State University Libraries' Digital Collections.

    The Collection's website is a clearinghouse for information about Ulysses S. Grant, including a record of his military service, a roster of his military and presidential staffs, and his genealogy.
  • Special Collections - Civil War Manuscripts

    The MSU Libraries Special Collections list of Civil War manuscripts includes diaries, letters, business records, military rosters, and songsheets. A few items have been digitized and made available online as part of the CHARM Digital Collections and the Charles Templeton Digital Sheet Music Collection.
  • Digital Collections - Intellectual Underpinnings of the American Civil War

    The latest digital collection published by the Mississippi State University Libraries is now online. Part of the ASERL project "Civil War in the American South," this collection comprises 150 documents published between 1850 and 1865, primarily documenting Mississippi and Mississippians from many localities within the state, and containing subject matter that contributes to a better understanding of the non-military aspects of the Civil War. The site can be viewed at: http://american-south.org/.

    In recognition of the sesquicentennial of the start of the American Civil War, Civil War and the American South provides a central portal to access digital collections from the Civil War Era (1850-1865) held by members of the ASERL. This site currently links to more than 8804 items from 23 libraries. The shared collection continues to grow, providing ready access to a world-class collection of primary source materials from the American Civil War era.

    Our own interface to the collection: Intellectual Underpinnings of the American Civil War, can be found here: http://digital.library.msstate.edu/collections/.

University of Mississippi

  • Archives & Special Collections - Civil War Collections

    The University of Mississippi Libraries' Civil War collections include letters, essays, business records, diaries, military records, newspapers, materials relating to the Civil War Centennial, and more. Highlights include photographs from the raising of the Union gunboat Cairo and extensive Reconstruction-related materials.
  • Digital Collections: Civil War Archive

    This collection contains digitized items from the Civil War Collections including letters, diaries, and military records, providing insight into the daily lives of soldiers and civilians. You can browse the collection by author, location, subject, original collection, or format.
  • 'This Fiery Trial': An Exhibit on Mississippi and the American Civil War

    This exhibit features materials from the Civil War period, from secession to Reconstruction. It includes artifacts and documents portraying camp life, combat, prisons, slavery, the university and the war, people, hospitals and women in the home front. The exhibit is open from 8 to 5, Monday through Friday, in the Faulkner Room, J.D. Williams Library.
  • The Center for Civil War Research

    The Center for Civil War Research "is designed to promote a more thorough understanding of the American Civil War, its history and its scholarship". The Center will eventually house the Harry P. Owens Civil War Library to house research materials. They currently have listed an extensive bibliography on the remembrance of the Civil War as well as the importance of historical memory.

University of Southern Mississippi

Delta State University

Evans Memorial Library

Special Collections at Evans Memorial Library (Aberdeen, MS) houses the Evans Genealogical Collection, with records dating back to 1820 and over 500 family histories, and the Evans Manuscript Collection, with letters, business and government records, diaries, and newspaper clippings dating back to 1813.


Columbus-Lowndes Public Library

The Billups-Garth Archives at Columbus-Lowndes Public Library houses over 1000 cubic feet of records including government, court, and education records, maps, photographs, and genealogical resources. A pathfinder for the collections is available. The Buckley Genealogy Room is devoted to the genealogical materials.


Mississippi Department of Archives and History

MDAH, located in Jackson, MS, holds over 126,000 cubic feet of records, including photographs, video and audio tapes, government records, and maps. Among its most interesting collections are The Anti-Slavery Alphabet, an illustrated abolitionist text for young readers; the Milburn J. Crowe Photograph Album, which contains photographs of Frederick Douglass, Benjamin Montgomery (former slave of Joseph Emory Davis, brother of Jefferson Davis), his son Isaiah, and other family members and friends; the Jefferson Davis Estate Papers, the official court records of the Jefferson Davis Estate; and the Vicksburg National Military Park Photographs, 328 photos documenting the design, construction, and use of the park.


Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library

Beauvoir, located on the Gulf Coast in Biloxi, Mississippi, was the retirement home of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America. The home's 51 acres now hold a botanical garden, the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library, a Confederate cemetery and museum, and various other outbuildings.

In 2005 the Jefferson Davis Presidential Library (built in 1998) was severely damaged and eventually had to be torn down as a result of the ravages of Hurricane Katrina. In addition, the Confederate Hospital Building (Soldiers Home period) Museum that was built in 1924 was totally leveled in that same storm. The new Jefferson Davis Presidential Library is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2011. That building will contain the square footage of the old Jefferson Davis Presidential Library and the square footage of the Confederate Hospital Building combined (over 20,000 square feet).

Beauvoir is owned and operated by the Mississippi Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.


Outside Mississippi

  • New York State Library

    Looking for materials on the Civil War? Check out the New York State Library's new webpage highlighting some of our Civil War resources and collections at http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/reference/military/civilwar.htm. Included on this page are links to a bibliography of selected resources, items in our Manuscripts & Special Collections unit, Civil War-related microform collections, online resources and NYSL digital documents.