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Ackerman, Charles papers, 1861-1882

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3966
  • Size: .2 cubic ft. Correspondence, military records, and business records.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Abstract: Included are military records pertaining to Company E of the New York Volunteer Infantry 26th Regiment including a transcription of the document authorizing formation of the New York Volunteers, descriptive lists recording soldiers' information, as well as requests for same, proceedings of courts-martial, discharge notices, receipts, and other items; correspondence between Ackerman and his friends and relatives; and records of Ackerman's general store at Higginsville, Oneida County, New York.

Adams, Bristow papers, 1853-1970

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3205
  • Size: 15.1 cubic ft; 18 drawings. Correspondence, published and unpublished articles, press releases, illustrations, newspapers, pamphlets, clippings, posters, periodicals, drawings, paintings, lecture notes, essays, college memorabilia, photographs, creative writings, and other materials.
  • Subject: Agriculture
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Consists of papers of Bristow Adams, journalist, professor, forester, and illustrator. Various materials document his journalistic career, including early work with a paper in D.C.; his editorial responsibilities on Stanford University publications; and his work as publications program director for the College of Agriculture at Cornell. From his student years are sketches of fur seals; college memorabilia; and many letters to his mother. Also, photographs from work for the US Forest Service; photographs of the Cornell track team; Cornell student publications; and creative writings. Also, various materials chronicling his life, including his acting mayor of Ithaca. This collection also contains papers of Adams' father, primarily concerning his Civil War service

Bancroft, George papers, 1811-1901.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 1262
  • Size: 7 linear ft. Correspondence
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Cornell University
  • Abstract: Family and personal papers include correspondence of George Bancroft

Blake and Rood families papers, 1847-1906

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3485
  • Size: .2 cubic ft. Correspondence.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Abstract: Includes letters (1847-1868) from Helen Rood to her brother Ogden Nicholas Rood and his wife Mathilde concerning family and friends in New Haven, Connecticut; religion; female education; Eli Whitney Blake, whom she married in 1860; her impressions of Heidelberg, where her husband studied; and German and English sentiment concerning the American Civil War. Letters (1859-1891) from Eli Blake to Ogden Rood concerning scientific experiments; his work as professor at Cornell University; and his work at Brown University as professor of physics. Other correspondence includes letters to Eli Blake concerning the National Bell Telephone Company, the University of Virginia, and Troy University.

Blood, Charles Hazen papers, 1889-1909

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2263
  • Size: 3.8 cubic ft. Correspondence, depositions and other legal documents, statements of account, memoranda, and other materials.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Architecture and Planning
  • Abstract: Consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, depositions and other legal documents, statements of account, and memoranda, mainly concerning legal matters Blood handled in public office and in private practice, as well as his family and personal business affairs. Also documented are Blood's activities as a Cornell alumnus, mainly regarding the promotion and financing of Alumni Field and his candidacy for reelection as alumni trustee in 1906, as graduate treasurer of the Cornell Masque, and as an alumnus and supporter of Kappa Alpha fraternity; and his activities as an Ithaca landlord, developer of Cornell Heights and Cayuga Heights, supporter of the Ithaca Conservatory of Music (now Ithaca College), and Presbyterian layman.

Brockett collection

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 0381
  • Size: .3 cubic ft.; 4 v. Deeds, bonds, accounts, lists, scrapbooks, letters, and other papers.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Subject: Anti-Slavery
  • Abstract: Deeds, bonds, accounts, lists, scrapbooks, and letters pertaining to the Irvine family and Albany, Rensselaer and Washington Counties, New York. Deeds from Alexander and Cadwallader Colden. Also, papers pertaining to the Lourie family, of Washington County, including lists from "The Old Town" book (1773-1816) including slave owners, school districts, fire wardens, and town meetings of Albany County. Scrapbooks of John S. Crocker, Warden of the United States Jail in Washington, D. C., relating to President Garfield, Guiteau, the Jail, Washington, D. C. and other topics; letters from Crocker to his wife from Albany, Rikers Island, Libby Prison, Salisbury Prison, and from his stations with McClellan's and Burnside's armies, describing in detail the problems of his commands, his capture, a number of campaigns, and the Battle of Fredericksburg

Burt, Le Van Merchant family papers, [ca.1860-1924]

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2327
  • Size: 2 cubic ft. Letters, diaries, papers, contracts, scrapbooks, photographs.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Abstract: Letters and documents relating to the Civil War, various buisness ventures, and political activities.

Campbell, Harry Earle family papers, 1790-1964.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2371
  • Size: 4.2 cubic ft. Legal Documents, Correspondence, Photographs, Financial Records.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Cornell University
  • Subject: Photographic Collections
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Discharge and other papers of James Hann Campbell of the 50th Pennsylvania Volunteers; deeds for land in Fox Township, Sullivan Co., Pennsylvania, 1866-1912; historical data on Shunk and Clairton, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, by H. E. Campbell; family letters, 1904-09; photographs of Campbell, Ferguson, Hoagland, and Wilcox families in Allegheny, Bradford, and Sullivan Counties in Pennsylvania, and Delaware and Yates Counties in New York; copies of surrogate's records and documents, 1790, on estates of Anthony McMillen, a sea captain, and his wife. Also, a family album and many loose photographs mostly of family, some of lumbering at Shunk; clippings, pamphlets, and over 1000 postcards.

Chamberlain, Henry H. B. papers, 1863-1898

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4274
  • Size: .5 cubic ft. Correspondence, personal papers, documents.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Correspondence with family members with extensive description of Civil War involvement, and other miscellaneous family papers.

Clarke and Van Ness family papers

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2166
  • Size: 1 cubic ft. Papers, correspondence, photograph albums, publications, clippings, reports, inventories.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Photographic Collections
  • Abstract: Includes official papers and correspondence concerning the Civil War service of Mr. Clarke's father, James E. Clarke, and his maternal grandfather, Zolman Van Ness, as well as correspondence, campaign publications, and clippings concerning the fund-raising drive of the National Contributors Committee

Cooper, Sarah Brown Ingersoll Papers, 1813-1921

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 6543
  • Size: 13.2 cubic ft. Correspondence, photographs, diaries, newspaper clippings.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Women's Studies
  • Abstract: Personal material and material relating to Sarah B. Cooper's work in Bible Schools, Kindergartens, and Women's Organizations.

Gross and Snow family papers, 1782-1885

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 0882
  • Size: 53 items
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Cornell University
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Papers of the Snow family (1782-1865) of Truro, Massachusetts, include letters, land contracts, and a poem. Papers of the Gross family (1861-1884) include letters pertaining to the Civil War, a water cure, and life in Washington and Oregon

Hatheway family papers

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2281
  • Size: 4.6 cubic ft. Correspondence, militia records, financial records, speeches, essays, and scrapbooks.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Anti-Slavery
  • Subject: Social Sciences
  • Abstract: Papers relating to the family, personal affairs, and political career of Samuel Gilbert Hatheway (1780-1867).

Hough family genealogy, 1865-1954.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2023
  • Size: 1.4 cubic ft. Genealogical charts, correspondence, publications, and other material.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Abstract: Genealogical charts of the descendants of William Hough, who came to America in 1640, and file cards which contain military service and vital records of Hough men who served in the French and Indian War, American Revolution, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, and Spanish American War; and genealogical correspondence among members and various branches of the family.

Howe family papers, 1854-1935

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 6373
  • Size: .5 cubic ft. Correspondence, diaries, photographs.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: World War I
  • Abstract: Correspondence from Almon A. Jaynes to Grace Howe. WWI letters to Grace Howe from a number of soldiers. Twenty-six daily diaries of Grace Howe, 1905-1935. Photographs of Grace Howe, her sister Josephine Howe, A. A. Jaynes, among others.

Hoyt family papers, 1828-1956.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 1812
  • Size: 2.1 cubic ft.; volumes; map case items. Papers of the Hoyt family, including Civil War documentation and Jean Broughton Hoyt Smith's papers relating to her training as a nurse and her career as an interior decorator.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Genealogy
  • Abstract: Scrapbooks, diaries, account books, address books, and other notebooks (40 volumes); correspondence, typescripts, notes, photographs and albums, diplomas and commissions, bills and receipts, newspaper clippings, and miscellaneous papers of Charles S. Hoyt of Potter, his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Burroughs Smith of New York City, Clinton, and Utica, New York, and letters and scrapbooks of his other children, Charles S. Hoyt, Jr. and Agnes Barnum Hoyt; the correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, and other papers of Charles S. Hoyt, Sr., relate to his activities as surgeon with the 126th and 39th Regiments, New York Volunteers, with whom he served in Maryland and Virginia during the Civil War; as New York State Assemblyman from Yates County (1853, 1867); and as secretary of the Board of Commissioners of Public Charities (1869+)

Krueger, June and Gilbert (collectors) Civil War letters, 1861-1865.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2052
  • Size: 1 reel positive, 1 reel negative microfilm.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Cornell University
  • Abstract: Chiefly letters to Lavinia Obreham of Freeport, Winneshiek County, Iowa, from her brothers, Edwin C. and Charles J. Obreham, her cousin and future husband, Chales L. Beebe, and other Union soldiers serving with the 9th Iowa Volunteers and other units; written from Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Washington, DC, the letters deal largely with camp life, troop movements, and military engagements, with some mention of the siege of Vicksburg and the march on Savannah

Lewis, Wyndham collection, 1877-197

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4612
  • Size: 44 linear ft. Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, printed material, graphics
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Literary Collections
  • Subject: World War I
  • Abstract: Manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, printed material, graphics, and bound manuscripts by, to, or about Wyndham Lewis, covering all aspects of his career and life. Includes one of two known proof copies of his novel The Roaring Queen, which was withdrawn before publication; unpublished novels, short stories, essays, and notebooks; and manuscripts and notes for several of Lewis's published books. Also included are diaries of Lewis's wife, G. Anne Hoskyns Lewis, from 1953-1967, and Civil War reminiscences of his father, Charles Edward Lewis

Loomis, Chester papers, 1813-1865.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2238
  • Size: 3.6 cubic ft. Correspondence, legal documents, financial records
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Subject: Anti-Slavery
  • Abstract: Papers include correspondence, deeds and agreements, personal and business accounts, petitions, drafts of speeches, and resolutions, mainly concerning local politics and patronage, the Anti-Masonic Party, abolitionist agitation, temperance, the use of convict labor, pensions for veterans of the American Revolution and the War of 1812, opposition to the Bank of the United States, and land speculation in Michigan, Wisconsin, and other parts of the Midwest; also, correspondence and legal and financial papers pertaining to a case involving the Geneva & Rushville Plank Road Company (1849-50) and other lawsuits, to the settlement of the estates of the Brackett and James families, Orpha Gates, Oren Green, John Lee, Nathan Pratt, and Royal Stearns, and to Loomis's interest in Geneva College (1827-38), now Hobart College; also, a deed (1813) for land in the town of Gorham from Ann Ellice and her children; bills and tuition and board receipts (1832-34) from Genesee Wesleyan Seminary, Lima, Livingston County, New York, for Loomis's daughter, Amanda; thirty-three Civil War letters (162-64) written from various camps by his son, Charles, Morris O'Connell, Fayette Green, and other area men serving in the Union Army. Other correspondents include the Ontario County Antislavery Society, Skaneateles Antislavery Society, William Ansley, Samuel Colt, William T. Crittenden, Richard Gilbert, James Loomis, Congressman Meredith Mallory, and Augustus Torrey

McGraw family papers, 1854-1956.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2355
  • Size: .5 cubic ft; 4 folders. Correspondence, financial and legal documents, diaries, photographs
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Europe
  • Subject: Social Sciences
  • Abstract: Business and family correspondence, relating to lumbering interests near Canadea, New York; McGraw family genealogy; diaries and accounts of travels in France, Italy, Germany, Russia, and Egypt; Jennie McGraw Fiske diaries refer to travels in England and on the Continent, and to Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, and New York. Other subjects include Cornell University faculty members, the settlement of the estate of John McGraw, and a memorial to McGraw by the Cornell University Board of Trustees. Major correspondents and persons figuring prominently in the collection include Douglass Boardman, J. W. Dwight, Willard Fiske, Mary Celestia McGraw, John Ellis Southworth, and Anna Gauntlett Whitcomb.

Morrill, Justin S. papers, 1814-1937, 1982.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 1146
  • Size: 3.3 cubic ft. Correspondence, drafts of speeches, pamphlets and other printed material, scrapbooks, photographs, and other personal items
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Correspondence, drafts of speeches, pamphlets and other printed material, mainly relating to the Civil War and Reconstruction, the status of freed blacks, the tariff and international trade, passage of the Land Grant College Act, and other public questions

Ogden, H. Emmons family papers, 1830-1917

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3837
  • Size: .4 cubic ft. Diaries, account books, correspondence, and a photograph.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Includes diaries, account books, and correspondence of the collector's relatives.

Photographs of gun-shot injuries.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4718
  • Size: 2 v. Photographs
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Life Sciences
  • Subject: Cornell University
  • Abstract: Photographs of gun-shot injuries.

Pratt family papers, 1758-1903

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 0223
  • Size: 3 folders. Letters, legal documents, financial records.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Religion
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Subject: Anti-Slavery
  • Abstract: Letters received by Horace L. Edgar Pratt, a Protestant Episcopal rector on Staten Island, New York; also, a Civil War draft exemption certificate issued to John A Kernochan, Sept. 10, 1863; Queens County documents including a four year indenture apprenticing Joseph Lawrence to Effingham Lawrence; a bill of sale selling Joseph, a Negro boy; a receipt for a twelve pound bounty for William Aitken for New York militia service during the Revolutionary War; and a proclamation of Governor George Clinton

Roosevelt, Theodore collection

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4652
  • Size: 0.4 linear ft. Correspondence, photographs
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Religion
  • Subject: Social Sciences
  • Abstract: Consists mainly of letters by Roosevelt to a variety of correspondents, but also includes several autographs, 4 photographs, one printed item, and one document

Root family papers, 1830-1970

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3894
  • Size: 1 cubic ft.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Cornell University
  • Subject: Religion
  • Abstract: Civil War letters and diaries of William Harrison Root, a lieutenant in Company B, 75th Regiment, New York Volunteers. Also a notebook of Root's, clippings, and his account book of Company B, 1861. Also, letters, and typescripts of selected letters and reminiscences, of Helen Isabel Root (Cornell University Class of 1896), a missionary in Ceylon and India. Additional material includes account books, clippings, correspondence, pamphlets, genealogical charts, deeds and other legal documents, and photographs. Material concerns areas of Fort Byron, Cayuga County; Virgil, Cortland County; and Spencer, Tioga County, New York.

Rudin, Gail and Stephen collection of Civil War letter

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4696
  • Size: .8 cubic ft. Correspondence
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Anti-Slavery
  • Abstract: Civil War era letters

Scaife, James V. Civil War items, 1861-1915.

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2030
  • Size: .3 cubic ft. Lithographed covers, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, an attendence roster, obituraries, and other printed items.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Abstract: Civil War items collected by James V. Scaife. Items include lithographed Civil War covers; letters to Scaife concerning Civil War research; photographs of battle fields; scrapbooks of newspaper clippings concerning the Civil War and other events in American history; roster of attendance of the Wilder's Brigade reunion at Chattanooga in 1913; obituaries and other clippings pertaining to Civil War veterans; and other printed items.

Stanton, Amos B. papers, 1843-1930

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 4265
  • Size: .6 cubic ft. Correspondence, documents, clippings, publications, diaries.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Primarily Civil War letters from Stanton to his wife. Also, family letters, certificates, pension files, clippings, publications, and diaries of John Crosby and Amos B. Stanton.

Starrett family papers, 1790-1933

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 0142
  • Size: 575 pieces. Personal and business papers and letters, including patent rights, wills, notes, bills and receipts, land deed, school lists, land surveys, Civil War and War of 1812 material, indentures, account books, almanac, newspapers, broadsides, maps, material on local Democratic politics, items on estate management, recipes, and formulas.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Personal and business papers and letters, including patent rights, wills, notes, bills and receipts, land deed, school lists, land surveys, Civil War and War of 1812 material, indentures, account books, almanac, newspapers, broadsides, maps, material on local Democratic politics, items on estate management, recipes, and formulas

Stuart, Lyman collection, 1803-1895

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 1997
  • Size: .6 cubic ft
  • Subject: Agriculture
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Cornell University
  • Subject: Religion
  • Subject: Regional History
  • Abstract: Correspondence and other papers of several New York State families, discussing everyday events and problems, agriculture, religion, and prices; also, Civil War letters of the Carver brothers of Savannah, New York; other letters concern life in Montana and the Dakota territories and western Canada (1870s). Includes correspondence of the Barnhardt family, Luke Blodgett, D. Watson Davis, Henry Dean, and Aaron Lane; correspondents include Theodore and W. H. Allen, Lydia Barnhardt, George Boardman, John and George Coventry, Alex Vattemore, the Salina and Central Square Plank Road Company, and the Waterloo Woolen Manufacturing Company

Tuttle, John and Andrews Arvilla Raplee papers, 1843-198

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 3790
  • Size: 2.1 cubic ft Correspondence, military records, genealogies, photographs, and diaries
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Abstract: Correspondence (1856-88) of John Andrews, Arvilla Raplee, friends, and relatives, including Civil War letters of Andrews. Also, military records, Civil War diaries, and other papers

Wall family papers

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 2012
  • Size: .3 cubic ft.
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Subject: Cornell University
  • Subject: Women's Studies
  • Abstract: Collection includes a series of letters from Charles William Wall, a sergeant in the 151st Regiment, New York Volunteers, mainly concerning troop movements, camp experiences, and other aspects of his life as a Union Army soldier in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., but also dealing with his employment by a mining and milling company in Colorado (1869); other Civil War letters from William Emerson, Henry Harrington, and Charles McCarthy; letters from Jane Middleton, telling of her work in New York City among indigent women (1864); and an autobiographical sketch (1881) of Andrew Wall, who had emigrated from England in 1833.

Wilder, Burt Green papers, 1841-192

  • Repository: Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
  • Collection Number: 0095
  • Size: 7 cubic ft. Correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, diaries, photographs
  • Subject: Civil War
  • Abstract: Diaries; notes and charts pertaining to family genealogy; clippings concerning vivisection; correspondence, photographs, and printed material pertaining to spiders, phrenology, hygiene and education, writing music, Nantucket Island, the Field family, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., temperance, natural history, Wilder's career as a medical cadet and military surgeon during the Civil War; activities of members of the 54th and 55th Massachusetts Infantry and the 5th Massachusetts Cavalry both during and after the war, Negro troops, his training under Louis Agassiz, Asa Gray, and Jeffries Wyman, and his career as a professor at Cornell University