Donald Benham Civil War Collection at the Library of Congress is now available online

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Donald Benham Civil War Collection at the Library of Congress is now available online

I am pleased to let you know that the Donald Benham Civil War Collection at the Library of Congress is now available online. This 300-item collection consists of correspondence, financial and legal records, military orders and records, speeches, and miscellaneous items comprising Civil War material amassed by collector Donald Benham.

 

The collection can be accessed in several ways:

 

 

  • Through the HTML version of the finding aid (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms010307); click on the “digital content available” hyperlinks in the Contents List section of the guide. A new window will open containing the object record for that material. Click on the document image in the center to open the viewer that provides access to the content.

 

  • Through the PDF version of the finding aid (http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.mss/eadmss.ms010307.3); click on the “digital content available” hyperlinks in the Container List section of the guide. Clicking on the hyperlink will forward that page to the object record for the material. Depending on your internet browser, hitting the “back” arrow may return you to the start of the PDF, rather than to your last location in the guide.

 

If you anticipate needing to toggle back and forth between the finding aid and object records, then the HTML version will be easier to use as object records are opened automatically in a new window. If using the PDF version of the finding aid, right clicking on the “digital content available” link will allow you to manually open a new tab in which to access the material without losing your place in the finding aid on the first tab.

 

Please note that this collection is not indexed to the level of individual documents, and that the collection is presented at the level of description found in the finding aid (from which the metadata in the online collection is derived). Keyword searching the collection will not return results for individual items; it will only search the level of description available in the container listing of the collection finding aid. The best way to approach searching the Manuscript Division’s online collections is to pretend that you are in the Manuscript Reading Room and are examining the microfilm reels/containers most appropriate to your research. This may only involve searching through a single folder, or it may require you to scan through a microfilm reel’s worth of material.

 

Feel free to let me know if you need any assistance in navigating the site, as the new online template looks and operates differently than the retired American Memory platforms with which many people were familiar. To find a list of the Manuscript Division’s other online collections, please visit https://www.loc.gov/rr/mss/ammem.html for links and more information.

 

Best regards,

Michelle

 

(If you or your organization no longer wish to be notified when additional Civil War-related collections in the Manuscript Division become available online in the future, please email me and I will remove you from my email notification list.)

 

This collection joins many other online Civil War-era collections from the Manuscript Division in which you may also be interested. Starred collections are currently included (in part or in whole) in the Library’s By the People crowdsourcing transcription project, available at https://crowd.loc.gov/.

 

Susan B. Anthony Papers* (completed)

John Carvel Arnold Papers

Clara Barton Papers*

Mary Ann Bickerdyke Papers

Wm. Oland Bourne Papers * (completed)

James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers

Salmon P. Chase Papers

Confederate States of America Records

Nathan W. Daniels Diary and Scrapbook

Anna E. Dickinson Papers*

Frederick Douglass Papers

Jubal Anderson Early Papers

James A. Garfield Papers

Samuel J. Gibson Diary and Correspondence(completed)

William A. Gladstone Afro-American Military Collection

Ulysses S. Grant Papers

Horace Greeley Papers

Gresham Family Materials in Lewis H. Machen Family Papers

Herndon-Weik Collection of Lincolniana

Joseph Holt Papers

Jedediah Hotchkiss Papers

Andrew Johnson Papers

Abraham Lincoln Papers*

Horace H. Lurton Papers

Betty Herndon Maury Maury Papers

George Brinton McClellan Papers

John G. Nicolay Papers

Charles Wellington Reed Papers

Selections from the Tilton C. Reynolds Papers

Philip Henry Sheridan Papers

William T. Sherman Papers

Edwin McMasters Stanton Papers

Elizabeth Cady Stanton Papers*

Alexander Hamilton Stephens Papers

Thaddeus Stevens Papers

Diary of Horatio Nelson Taft, 1861-1865

E. B. Washburne Papers

Gideon Welles Papers

Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of Walt Whitman Papers

Walt Whitman Papers (Miscellaneous Manuscript Collection) * (completed)

Walt Whitman Papers in the Charles E. Feinberg Collection* (completed)

 

 

Michelle A. Krowl

Civil War and Reconstruction Specialist

Manuscript Division                                                  

Library of Congress                                                  mkrowl@loc.gov   

101 Independence Avenue, S.E. (LM-102)               Tel: (202) 707-1085

Washington, D.C. 20540-4680                                  Fax: (202) 707-6336