Whether you are an expert, or an enthusiast of Civil War history, you can aid research and enrich the historical record by transcribing these handwritten letters and reviewing the work of other transcribers. For more detailed instructions, see the transcription instructions and tips.

Read about this project, then click on a letter below to begin transcribing, or browse the collections to learn more about their contents.

This transcription project was launched in conjunction with the exhibition, "Home Front: Daily Life in the Civil War North," on view at the Newberry from September 2013 to March 2014.

Carlos W. Colby Letters

(Browse collection)



John D. Beach Letters

(Browse collection)



Edward W. Curtis Letters (transcription complete)

(Browse collection)



George Deal Letters (transcription complete)

(Browse collection)



John C. Fleming Letters

(Browse collection)



William T. Foster Letters (transcription complete)

(Browse collection)



Charles W. Gallentine Letters (transcription complete)

(Browse collection)



Edgar Teamster McLean Letters (transcription complete)

(Browse collection)



Francema A. Mason Letters

(Browse collection)



O.P. Newberry Letters (transcription complete)

(Browse collection)



Henry Patterson Letters (transcription complete)

(Browse collection)



Richard Realf Letters and Poems

(Browse collection)



Henry Rice Letters (transcription complete)

(Browse collection)



John J. Russell Letters (transcription complete)

(Browse collection)



Theodore Watson Letters (transcription complete)

(Browse collection)



L. S. Willard Letters (transcription complete)

(Browse collection)