Information about historical documents from across the country regarding the outbreak of the Civil War—with links to the home historical societies and repositories of the materials—has been placed online by the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMC) at the Library of Congress. The presentation, “NUCMC and the Documentary Heritage of the American Civil War,” can be viewed at www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/civilwar/.
The online presentation is the first of a five-year, five-part program highlighting Civil War collections for the sesquicentennial. The current online information focuses on the election of Abraham Lincoln, the secession crisis,
the outbreak of hostilities, mobilizing for war and foreign public opinion.
NUCMC is a cooperative cataloging program operated by the Library of Congress. The
mission of the NUCMC program is to provide and promote bibliographic access to the nation’s documentary heritage. This mission is realized by NUCMC’s production of cataloging describing archival and manuscript collections held by eligible repositories located throughout the United States and its territories.
Future updates to “NUCMC and the Documentary Heritage of the American Civil War” will include personal narratives of members of the Union and Confederate armed forces (2012); the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation and the African American experience from slavery to the end of the Civil War (2013); the home front, women in the war, the role of charitable organizations, economic aspects of the war and patriotic societies (2014); and the sesquicentennial of the death of Abraham Lincoln, Reconstruction, Confederate exiles and the rise of veterans’ organizations (2015).
For more information about NUCMC program participation, visit www.loc.gov/coll/nucmc/. NUCMC can also be contacted via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (202) 707-7954 or at the Library of Congress, Cooperative and Instructional Programs Division, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540-4230.