The Penn State University Libraries maintains a digitized collection of select Pennsylvania newspapers from the Civil War era. The newspapers in this collection span from 1831 to 1880. Follow the link above to the main page of this collection. From the main page, you can link to the collection page, which lists all of the newspapers in this collection and their date ranges. To search for content in these newspapers, click on the search tab at the top right of the collection page.
Penn State's Civil War Collection contains several freely available fully digitized collections. This links includes those that are housed at Penn State as well as links to several dozen open access digital resources. You can also navigate to the Penn State Digital Collections home page from this link. Compuled and edited by John Kent Folmar. Source: Western Pennsylvania History, Volume 66, Number 3 (July 1983) , 293--303
This link will take you directly to the Pennsylvania Digital Newspaper Collection held by the Library of Congress. You can use the tabs on this page to navigate to the sites home page for more historic Civil War Era newspapers.
Penn State's Special Collections library has digitized several diaries of Civil War soldiers from the Northeast. Follow the link above to the collection main page, which contains descriptive information about each collection and links to the digitized collections themselves.
This is a collaborative project of the Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College. The goal is to increase accessibility to rare and historical materials. Items include photographs, manuscripts, minutes and correspondence.
The University of Iowa Libraries features a unique collection of eleven diaries written by children. Most date from 1862 to 1892. It also hosts a digital collection of Civil War Diaries and Letters along with a transcription project for them.
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is the home for a large array of resources related to African Americans in Pennsylvania. Visit this website to directly link to select collections owned by the Pennsylvania State Archives.