ProQuest Offers Civil War Era Digital Resource for ProQuest CSA

May 04, 2007

ProQuest Civil War Era, a digital resource used for researching the American Civil War and its context, is immediately available from ProQuest CSA. ProQuest Civil War Era is a research solution that collects, digitizes, and combines in a single search platform the era’s key newspapers and activist publications, creating a view of not only the years of battle, but also the factors leading to war.

ProQuest Civil War Era is a set of primary sources, with documents that encompass the buildup and evolution of the war that shaped U.S. identity, all displayed in both original article and page image formats. It provides desktop access to nearly 2,000 pamphlets, highlighting the multiple and distinct perspectives of government officials, clergy, social reformists, and other opinion leaders of the time. Supporting this information are the complete runs of eight newspapers from 1840 – 1865, specifically selected for the regional and diverse perspectives they offer. The combination of resources, built in conjunction with librarians and scholars, allows researchers to explore the entire era. With newspapers from both the North and the South as well as Eastern and Western states, researchers can compare and analyze the varying perspectives that prevailed throughout the entire era. ProQuest Civil War Era includes newspapers of the South (Richmond Dispatch, Charleston Mercury, New Orleans Times Picayune), North (Boston Herald, New York Herald, Columbus State Journal), Mississippi Valley, and Border States (Kentucky Daily Journal, Memphis Daily Appeal). These regional papers are designed to allow comparison of key events.

Pamphlets are drawn from two collections: the first comes from the personal libraries of Salmon P. Chase, treasury secretary, member of the Lincoln Cabinet, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (1864-1873), and John P. Hale, senator from New Hampshire and personal friend to President Lincoln. Slavery and Anti-Slavery Pamphlets from the Libraries of Salmon P. Chase & John P. Hale includes 166 pamphlets, speeches, reports, legal opinions and convention proceedings covering slavery, and anti-slavery movements, and the conditions of African-Americans after the Civil War. Civil War Pamphlets 1861-1865 includes 1,758 pamphlets illustrating the “war of words” during the conflict. Available on the ProQuest platform, ProQuest Civil War Era can be cross-searched with ProQuest Historical Newspapers and American Periodicals Series Online.