Gale Family Library

345 W. Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN 55102


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Tuesday: 9 am-8 pm
Wednesday: 9 am-4 pm
Thursday: 9 am-4 pm
Friday: 9 am-4 pm
Saturday: 9 am-4 pm
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
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Civil War Research - Manuscripts

Civil War Research Menu



Manuscripts include unpublished letters, diaries, and personal reminiscences. Official U.S. Army and War Department records published on microfilm by the National Archives are cataloged with the manuscripts. A listing of some of the Soceity's collections pertaining to the Civil War can be found in the manuscripts section of About the Collections.


The manuscripts deal primarily with Minnesotans and Minnesota organizations. Some of the materials were donated by veterans who served in regiments from other states and later moved to Minnesota. Though you can access many of these collections through the library catalog, a number of older and smaller manuscript collections have not been recataloged, so we recommend that you examine the Manuscripts card catalog as well. You can search both catalogs by:

  • collection name (Walter Ransom diary, for example)
  • unit name (10th or Tenth Minnesota Infantry, for example)
  • broader topics ("New York Infantry," for example)

Most of these collections are cross-referenced by campaign.


Another helpful source is the Lemons Collection (EB.C582), a small but detailed card file created in the 1960s by a volunteer researcher who cross-referenced our Civil War collections by subject, battle, and campaign. Since then, some of the collections have been recataloged, and many papers have been added.