Georgia Civil War manuscript collections: an annotated bibliography, typescript, by David Henson Slay

Georgia Civil War manuscript collections: an annotated bibliography, typescript, by David Henson Slay

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Georgia Civil War manuscript collections: an annotated bibliography, typescript, by David Henson Slay
Dates: circa 2011
Quantity: 0.8 Linear feet (2 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3679.TEMP

Biographical/Historical Note

David Henson Slay was born in 1966 and received his Bachelor of Science degree from Shorter College in 1999. He attended Mississippi State University and Texas Christian University for his Doctorate degree in 2009. As of 2011, Slay is an adjunct at Tulane University's School of Continuing Studies in Madison, Mississippi.

Slay decided to construct "Annotated Bibliography of Civil War Manuscript Collections in Georgia" after he realized that the digitization of manuscript collections was slow-coming at many libraries due to "fiscal realities and technological limitations." The objective of the bibliography is to improve the situation of inadequately described or unrepresented Civil War collections in Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The bibliography includes "original or photocopies of business records, letters, diaries, reminiscences, scrapbooks, military documents, and governmental records" during or after the Civil War in relation to the conflict. However, notably, the bibliography does not include collections consisting entirely of "newspaper clippings, maps, photographs, broadsides, service records, and books." It only focuses on primary sources.

The bibliography is divided into 17 chapters. The initial chapters are large institutions in Georgia, such as the Georgia Department of Archives and History, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Emory University, the Univeristy of Georgia., Georgia Historical Society, and the Atlanta History Center. Other smaller institutions are included with the notable analysis of several Georgia military parks.The 17th chapter is entitled "Small Manuscript Collections" and contains annontated notes on the collections of approximately 20 small institutions.

Each entry has been given a number for the bibliography (these are often referenced within the book, i.e. "Duplicate found in #321"). The title of the collection is provided, as is the manuscript or reference number. Slay has described the contents of each collection, usually remarking on what letters or other documents reference. The dates for the collections are included. As indicated by Slay's intention and the title, everything in the bibliography is related to the Civil War, with most collections having been created during the 1860s. A good amount are both antebellum and postwar in nature, but all of these relate in some way to the Civil War.


The collection is arranged as presented in the original bibiliography's published form - divided into chapters by institutions.

Index Terms

Annotated bibliographies.
Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Georgia Civil War manuscript collections: an annotated bibliography, typescript, by David Henson Slay, MS 3679. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Preface, Acknowlegements, and Abbreviations
2Georgia Department of Archives and History, Manuscript Collections
43Georgia Department of Archives and History, Microfilm Collections
5United Daughters of the Confederacy Bound Typescripts
67Emory University, Manuscript Collections
8Emory University, Bell I. Wiley Papers
21University of Georgia
2Georgia Historical Society
3Atlanta History Center
4Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
4Kennesaw Mountain Naitonal Battlefield Park
5Middle Georgia Archives
5Georgia State College and University
6Shorter College, Livingston Library
6Andersonville National Historic Site
6Troup County Archives
7Augusta State University, Reese Library
7Small Manuscript Collections
Mercer University, Tarver Library
Rome Floyd County Library
Dekalb History Center
Georgia Southern University, Henderson Library
Columbus State University, Schwob Library
Fort Pulaski National Monument
Thomaston-Upson County Archives
National Archives, Southeast Region
Washington Historical Museum
Oxford College of Emory University, O'Kelly Memorial Library
State University of West Georgia, Ingram Library
Monroe County Historical Society
Lamar County Historical Society
Crawford W. Long Museum
Eatonton-Putnam County Library
Marble Valley Historical Society
Miller County Public Library
Gilmer County Public Library
Agnes Scott College
Etowah Valley Historical Society