Kent Library Conducting Survey of Original Civil War Materials

Special Collections and Archives, Kent Library, Southeast Missouri State University is currently conducting a survey of original source materials from the Civil War held by libraries, museums, historical societies, genealogical societies, archives, individuals, State Historic Sites, or other organizations and institutions.

Materials of interest include original letters, journals, diaries, photographs, scrapbooks, artifacts and other ephemera from this period of history. The survey area includes the following counties in Missouri: Ste. Genevieve, St. Francois, Washington, Reynolds, Iron, Madison, Bollinger, Perry, Cape Girardeau, Wayne, Carter, Ripley, Butler, Stoddard, Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, and Dunklin; and the following counties in Illinois: Randolph, Jackson, Union, Alexander, and Pulaski.

The project is a collaborative effort between Kent Library’s Special Collections, the Center for Regional History and the Department of History at Southeast Missouri State University, the Cape Girardeau County Archive Center, and the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.  It is being funded by a digital imaging grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library and Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.

If interested in contributing to the survey or for more information, please contact Ellen Ryan, digital project manager, at (573) 651-2750 or via email at


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