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 (Flint
) 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 2015, our site was listed in the College & Research Libraries News
and is now listed on their site
. We also contributed content to Ford's Theatre's Remembering Lincoln project
Between 2011 and 2015, the nation commemorated 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. As part of this sesquicentennial commemoration, University Archives & Historical Collections staff began transcribing and digitizing its collections relating to the Civil War in 2010. These materials—including hundreds of pages of correspondence, diaries, musters, reminiscences, and photographs—are being made available online here for public use.
The MSU Archives research guide
for The Civil War is 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 2016 ***
Charles William Cathcart Papers
Mattoon Family Papers
Sheldon R. Curtiss Papers
Mayo Family Papers
Republican Party Campaign Materials
Benjamin M. Harman Papers
John Gibson Parkhurst Collection (in progress)
Emma Miller Papers - The collection consists of the love letters of Mark Flowers to Emma.
Havens (Edwin) Papers - The Edwin Havens Papers consist of letters and diaries written by Havens while serving in the Seventh Michigan Cavalry during the Civil War.
Peck (Abel) Papers - Letters from Abel G. Peck to his family during the Civil War. Peck, the regiment's color-bearer, was killed July 1, 1863, in the first day's fighting at Gettysburg.