Thank you to the many people who contributed their time and donations on this project to put MSU's civil war materials online during the sesquicentennial commemoration. This project began in the spring of 2010 under the direction of Ed Busch and Portia Vescio.

Staff, students and volunteers that have transcribed, scanned, and uploaded the civil war papers to this website include:
Keeley Kerrins, Stephanie Soule, Nate Bauer, Sarah Sexton, Kyle Grimm, Jessica Russell, Mary Grace, Chelsea Bosma, Paige Wojcik, Theresa Koenigsknecht, Ben Dettmar, Larry Sabbath, Ryan Huey, Nick Kurtansky, Chad Hale, Miranda Madra, Matthew Thornton, Tim McRoberts, Julie Miller, Abigale Mumby.

Prior to creating this site, four students from the WRA 135 Fall 2010 class prototyped a Yahoo! web site highlighting the correspondence and transcripts within one of our Civil War collections. These students were: Emily Turner, Stephen Orlowski, Connor Hubbard, and Paige Breen. The site included scanned original documents along with transcriptions as well as some related photographs.

Much of the Civil War related materials held by the Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections came from the Chamberlain Memorial Museum located in Three Oaks, Michigan. MSU acquired the contents of the Chamberlain Memorial Museum in 1952 from Fred P. Warren, President of the Board of Trustees of the E. K. Warren Foundation. At the time, the museum’s board of trustees felt that moving the contents of the Chamberlain Museum to Michigan State College would allow for greater access to the materials by a greater number of users. President John Hannah wrote in his letter accepting the gift, “..a great many of these items illustrate the development of a typical Michigan community from the days of the pioneers to the current era of highly-developed agriculture and industry. Much of this development was in historical parallel with the development of Michigan State College from a small pioneering agricultural college to a great university, so it seems highly appropriate that the College has been chosen as the permanent repository of this historical record.”