Civil War Primary Sources Online

Clark Libraries News - August 25, 2015 - 11:39am

L to R: Soldier in Union uniform and family, betw. 1863 and 1865; Assault on Fort Sanders, Nov. 29, 1863. Kurz & Allison, 1891; Officers of 3d Regiment Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, 1865.


Looking for free online resources about the American Civil War?  Number of excellent websites with primary source material are highlighted in an article by Susan Birkenseer in the May 2015 issue of College and Research Libraries News.  Here is a list of featured resources.


  • Brooklyn Daily Eagle (1841-1955)

  • Chronicling America

  • Harper’s Weekly

  • Richmond Daily Dispatch (1860-1865)

  • Secession-Era Editorials

Maps and Photographs

  • Civil War Glass Negatives and Related Prints

  • Civil War Maps

  • Pictures of the Civil War

Diaries and Letters

  • Abraham Lincoln Papers at the Library of Congress

  • The Civil War Archive: Letters Home from the Civil War

  • The Civil War Collection at Michigan State University

  • The Civil War Collection at Penn State

  • Civil War Diaries and Letters

  • Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict, 1855-1865

  • The Civil War: Women and the Homefront

  • First Person Narratives of the American South

  • Manuscripts of the American Civil War

  • Saint Mary’s College of California Special Collections

  • South Carolina and the Civil War

  • Valley of the Shadow

  • Virginia Military Institute Archives

  • Wisconsin Goes to War: Our Civil War Experience

Dispatches and Battles

  • Antietam on the Web

  • Making of America: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies

  • Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library

Slavery and Abolitionism

  • Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938

  • Frederick Douglass Papers

  • North American Slave Narratives

  • Slavery and Abolition in the U.S.: Select Publications of the 1800s

  • Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860


  • The Papers of Jefferson Davis


Adapted from:

Birkenseer, S. (2015). The American Civil War: A collection of free
      online primary sources.  College and Research Libraries
      News, 76(5), 269-273.

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Clark Libraries Hours August 18 & 19

Clark Libraries News - August 17, 2015 - 4:06pm


Classes will be running on August 18 and 19 and Clark Libraries will be open.

  • Cannell Library: Tuesday and Wednesday – 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • iCommons at CTC: Tuesday and Wednesday –  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Clark College library hours

In conjunction with the Clark College Staff Teaching and Learning Days most college offices (Advising, Financial Aid etc.) will be closed for staff trainings on these days. Please plan ahead if you need assistance.


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Julie’s Favorite Search Shortcuts

Clark Libraries News - August 6, 2015 - 2:52pm

As a librarian at Clark, I spend a lot of time searching for information. Let’s face it: we all spend a lot of time searching for information, whether it’s looking for job opportunities, or take-out Thai food, or settling a bet for what year that one movie came out.

I like to make searching as quick and easy as possible for myself and those I’m helping, though often it can turn into a complicated, hair-pulling series of frustrations.

These two shortcuts (yep, only two) for Web searching, are 1.) easy and 2.) have helped simplify my searches over and over.

They’re really my favorite.



If you want to find a specific word or phrase on a webpage in any browser (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, etc.), type Ctrl+F (Command+F on a Mac) and a search box will pop up in your browser. Simply start to type the word or phrase that you’re looking for and what you type will be highlighted on the page. Seriously. Do not spend more than 10 seconds skimming the page for what you want.

Here’s a super-cheesy “rap” video that nonetheless demonstrates this shortcut wonderfully:


How about when you want to find only “.edu” sites or only “.gov” sites (etc.)?

Or, what if you want to search within a website that does not have a built-in site search feature?

“Site:” to the rescue!

It’s easiest to just demo. Here’s what it looks like to search for .gov sites on the topic of “homeless youth.” You can search for whatever topic you are looking for:


Here’s how to search a site without a search bar:


Happy searching!

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Visual Stimulus

Clark Libraries News - July 31, 2015 - 1:10pm


Keeping watch over the library, sculpture Guardian by artist Joan Peekema now resides on the second floor by the southeast staircase. The large impressive stainless steel creation was kindly donated by the artist and her husband in 2003. Beyond this generous gift, the art collection of Clark College is enhanced with additional contributions from the Peekemas. Beyond these donations the couple, dedicated to helping young artists flourish at Clark College, gave a 100,000 dollar gift to the Clark College Foundation. As a result, an endowed scholarship for art students, named in Joan Peekema’s honor was established.

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Career Research and Clark Library Sources

Clark Libraries News - July 27, 2015 - 3:30pm

Source: Clark College Libraries

Are you curious about researching a vocation, career or college program? Clark Libraries can help!

  • Staff in the iCommons at CTC or Cannell Library can assist students looking for vocational or career books or materials using the Discover catalog.
  • CTC Students can request materials from Cannell library and have those materials available for pick up at CTC the next day. Materials requested using Summit usually arrive in five to seven days.
  • The iCommons has a small collection of print books in our browsing collection. This month we are featuring books on Engineering and Mechatronics.

Students wanting to learn more about vocations and careers can also find information in the Vocational and Career Collection Database!

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Get Your Literary Info Here!

Clark Libraries News - July 20, 2015 - 3:06pm

Harper Lee’s first novel in 55 years, Go Set a Watchman, has been all over the news this month. Quite a long gap since 1960’s To Kill a Mockingbird.

To find out more about Harper Lee (and other authors), give our Literature Resource Center database a spin. It’s chock full of literature criticism, biographies, topic and work overviews, etc.

1.  Literature Resource Center has a new look. It’s now part of Artemis Literary Sources. This means you can search the original Literature Resource Center, plus Gale Virtual Reference Library at the same time.


2.  Advanced Search has options to search by Name of Work and Person-By or About … and more.


3. At the list of search results, be sure to browse through the left column for a gold mine of options to refine or expand your topic.


  • To locate Literature Resource Center on the Clark Libraries website, select find (in the top blue bar), then articles and databases.
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Clark College Libraries Summer Hours

Clark Libraries News - July 5, 2015 - 1:18pm

Photo Image Source: Wild Flower Garden. CC0 Public Domain – no known copyright restrictions

Summer Hours July 6 – August 27, 2015 Cannell Library

Mon – Thu 8:00am – 6:00pm

Fri – Sun CLOSED

Information: 360-992-2151

iCommons @ CTC

Mon – Thu 8:00am – 6:00pm

Fri – Sun CLOSED

Information: 360-992-6138

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