Civil War and Reconstruction | Newberry

Civil War and Reconstruction

L.S. Willard. Photograph of George Deal. 1862.

L.S. Willard. Photograph of George Deal. 1862. Case MS 10030, Bx. 1, Fl. #55.

More has been written about the Civil War than any other military conflict in which the United States has been involved, and the Newberry has a very large selection of these writings. From its inception, the Newberry has collected these publications from both North and South, and consequently has one of the best Civil War collections in the Midwest. Anyone wishing to research the Civil War using published primary sources should consider the Newberry a library of first resort.

These publications include not only works on particular battles, campaigns, and generals, but also numerous military unit histories and personal narratives as well. Some other sources one might find at the Newberry relating to the Civil War include:


  • Historical and genealogical society papers
  • Nineteenth-century periodicals
  • County, town, and state histories
  • Music materials (sheet music, songsters, and hymnody)
  • Civil War maps and atlases

For more on the Newberry’s published Civil War resources, see Civil War – Military Research. In addition to the expansive holdings in Civil War published primary sources, the Newberry has a growing collection of Civil War manuscripts.

For the Reconstruction Era, the Newberry has diverse research materials ranging from local histories on that period of intense dissension to Freedmen’s Bureau Records on microfilm. For related sources, see the African American Studies section.

American History – Publications about the Newberry Library Collections