The William Parker House

The William Parker House

The William Parker house in Christiana, Pennsylvania, site of the 1851 Christiana Riot. William... read more

Camp William Penn

Camp William Penn

The 26th United States Colored Volunteer Infantry at Camp William Penn. Camp William Penn was... read more

Springfield Ironworks

Springfield Ironworks

Springfield Ironworks, circa 1870. This photograph shows adults and children standing in front... read more

“Freedom to the Slave" lithograph

“Freedom to the Slave"

“Freedom to the Slave,” a lithograph that was produced during the Civil War, likely as a tool... read more

Mayoral Election Broadside, Philadelphia 1868

Mayoral Election Broadside, Philadelphia 1868

This is a portion of a broadside produced during Philadelphia’s 1868 mayoral election. The... read more

Introduction

This Civil War Era Digital Archive is a collaborative project of the Penn State Libraries and the Richards Civil War Center. Its mission is to promote research into the lived experience of Pennsylvanians between 1851 and 1874. The project website features a unique statewide bibliographic database of hidden collections, digitized manuscripts, and contextual essays.

"This is essentially a people's contest. On the side of the Union it is a struggle for maintaining in the world that form and substance of government whose leading object is to elevate the condition of men…" Abraham Lincoln, July 4, 1861

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