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Civil War-era Digital Collections at the Library of Congress

The Library of Congress Digital Collections contain vast holdings from the Civil War-era. This Research Guide provides links to numerous digital collections at the LOC organized by subjects.

Literature Collections of the Civil War-era

This section contains links to curated collections of Civil War-era materials. These include collections donated to the Library of Congress by private collectors and digital collections curated by the Library of Congress.


African American Perspectives: Materials Selected from the Rare Book Collection:

The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana:

American Civil War Sesquicentennial Web Archive:

Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936 to 1938:

Chronicling America Newspaper Collection:

Frederick Douglass Newspapers, 1847 to 1874:

Herndon-Weik Collection of Lincolniana:

Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera:

Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of Walt Whitman Papers:

Voices Remembering Slavery: Freed People Tell Their Stories:

Walt Whitman Papers (Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection):

Walt Whitman Papers in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection: