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Civil War Era (UNH Durham): Manuscripts and Archives

This guide primarily covers the period from 1828 to 1877 in U.S. History, focusing on the origins, course, and consequences of the Civil War. While it does cover military aspects of the war in some detail, it focuses on other topics, as well.

Milne Special Collections and Archives

Milne Special Collections and Archives is located on Level 1 of Dimond Library (Room 101). Reference for and physical access to most materials is available in the department's Dunleavy Reading Room, which is both wireless and handicapped accessible. Please see our regular reference hours. In addition, reference assistance, research consultation, instruction, and tours can be scheduled outside of regularly posted hours.

For web-based guides and contact information, see the following:

Special Collections focuses on rare books, manuscripts, recordings, and artifacts. Prospective researchers, visitors, and donors may contact Special Collections staff.

The University Archives houses UNH records of permanent administrative, legal, fiscal, and historical value. You may direct questions regarding research, donations, records transfer, or file maintenance to Archives staff.

The University Museum features rotating exhibitions which explore and illustrate the history of University or reflect topics and/or collections of community interests. Most of its permanent collections are housed off-site. However, anyone wishing to see or donate UNH-related memorabilia should contact the University Museum curator.

Civil War Resources in Special Collections

Civil War history is a major collecting focus of Special Collections; as a result, their are a number of individual items and collections related to the study of New Hampshire citizens and soldiers during the war. In terms of print materials, Special Collections contains printed rosters, memoirs, general history and regimental histories for most New Hampshire units. These are physically located in the Stark Room, in Special Collections. Descriptions for these and related volumes are in the UNH Library's online catalog. All have been scanned and are currently available full-text in the Internet Archive, a non-prorfit organization that provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. Click here to search all texts provided by the Internet Archive. To limit it to those titles drawn from UNH Libraries collections, click here.

Manuscript materials are a little trickier because they are largely unique. The Special Collections website contains collections descriptions or finding aids for all processed manuscript collections. To enhance discovery, items may be located by item/collection title, subject area, or site search. These search options are available on all pages. For descriptions of manuscript holdings related to the Civil War, click here.

In addition, a number of Civil War-related materials, including both monographs and manuscripts have been digitized as part of the UNH Digital Collections. To browse these collections, click here. 

If one has questions about the website, in general, or regarding specific items, collections, or their descriptions, please do not hesitate to contact Special Collections.



This library guide was created to support the study of history at The University of New Hampshire.

Please use this guide to help develop your research. If you need additional assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me by phone, email, IM, or Facebook. My office hours during the fall semester are Monday and online, Sunday night, from 8-11pm. I can also meet at other times to discuss your research needs or for one-on-one instruction on search strategies and sources.

I also serve as liaison to the History Department, so if you want to purchase or gain access to monographs, periodicals, media, or other resources that are not available at UNH, let me know and we'll determine the best strategy for connecting you with the information you need.

I welcome your suggestions for changes or additions to this guide, as well as those geared towards enhancing services provided by the UNH Library.

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Office: Dimond Library 101D
603 862-0346