Welcome to the Civil War Collections web site created by University Archives & Historical Collections at Michigan State University. We have been featured on ABC TV and Michigan Radio. The Military Online Colleges website has added our site as one of the 100 Civil War History Sites that military personnel should bookmark.

In 2011, the nation began commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Although no actual battles were fought in Michigan, men—and women—from the state served throughout the war in more than 50 Michigan regiments of infantry, cavalry, artillery, and engineers, as well as in regiments of other states. These Michigan citizens were vital to the Union cause, and President Abraham Lincoln is quoted as exclaiming, “Thank God for Michigan!” when the state’s first troops arrived to serve. During the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, MSU has brought together many of its valuable resources and made them easily available for research and teaching about the Civil War. These can be found at the Civil War sesquicentennial: MSU resources web site.

As part of this sesquicentennial commemoration, University Archives & Historical Collections staff began transcribing and digitizing its collections relating to the Civil War. These materials—including hundreds of pages of correspondence, diaries, musters, reminiscences, and photographs—are being made available online here for public use.

The research guide for The Civil War is also available to the public. Check back as this document does get updated.

We hope you find these stories to be educational, interesting, and informative.  Keep checking back as we are frequently updating the site with new collections. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, please send them to us using our Contact link above. And, if you like what you see, do send us an email! If you are interested in a tour of the archives or to learn more about our collections, please call our main phone line at (517) 355-2330.

*** Added in 2015 ***

Robert Mueller Collection

Thomas C. Bradley Papers

James Bradish Papers


*** Added in 2014 ***

Thomas-Prescott Papers

Warren Family Papers

Bostock Family Papers

Edwin Havens Papers (additional materials)

Simeon A. Howe Letters

James S. Hannum Manuscript

Marsh Family Papers

Israel G. Atkins Papers

Bamber Family Papers

*** Added in 2013***

Edwin Havens Papers

Pinckney Family Papers

Smith and Carpenter Families Papers

Emma Miller Papers

Edwin Holmes Papers

Augustus Holmes Papers

Joseph H. Weaver Papers

Alvah Marsh Papers

G. B. Surdam Papers

Albert W. Barber Papers

Virginia Norfleet Reminiscences

Alanson Royce Papers

Bagley Family Papers

Arnold Family Papers

Jesse Taft Papers

Othniel Gooding Papers

Mallison Family Collection