Thursday, October 23, 2008

Civil War Databases at the Maine State Library

The Reference Department is pleased to announce the addition of online databases to expand our history and genealogy collections. Combined they give fast, detailed results for exploring every aspect of the US Civil War. In-house patrons can search the databases directly. Individuals with State Library cards who wish to access the databases remotely should call the Reference desk at 287-5608 for more information.

American Civil War Letters and Diaries — over 2,000 authors and 100,000 pages of diaries, letters and memoirs; 4,000 pages of previously unpublished manuscripts, and some material licensed from The Civil War Day-by-Day, by E.B. Long.

The American Civil War Research Database — includes individuals, battles and regiments, indexed and searchable; over 4,000,000 soldiers, 4,600 regimental rosters and chronicles, and more than 1,000 officer profiles. Included are records of the states’ Adjutant Generals, pension and census (1860), GAR, Roll of Honor, Medal of Honor, battle orders and 16,000 photographs. Charts and graphs assist in analysis. Refreshed bimonthly.

Images of the American Civil War: Photographs, Posters, and Ephemera — has 70,000 photographs of casualties, home life, prisons, hospitals, weaponry, even posters; search by place, photographer or publisher. Images may be used in presentations and shared. Most are rare and previously unpublished, by both the famous and relatively unknown. Deeply indexed.

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