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 we 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 (in progress)
Sheldon R. Curtiss Papers
Mayo Family Papers
Republican Party Campaign Materials

*** Added in 2015 ***

Robert Mueller Collection
Thomas C. Bradley Papers
James Bradish Papers
Francis McCullagh diary
Benjamin B. Brock Papers
Frank Leslie's Illustrated History of the Civil War
Campbell Family 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