You are here
In 2009, a panel of distinguished scholars met at Penn State University to help launch The People’s Contest digital archiving project. The project seeks to preserve the lived experiences of Pennsylvanians from 1851 to 1874, a period of momentous changes in the state. The People’s Contest catalogs and digitizes a variety of historical collections from archives large and small throughout the commonwealth. To help users learn about the range of Pennsylvanians’ Civil War era experiences, The People’s Contest has arranged its collections according to the following themes: Commemoration, Community, Economy and Work, Emancipation and Civil Rights, Household and Family, Mobilization, Politics and Government, and Religion. Click on the headings below to read scholarly essays about these themes and to access links to our digital collections.