|Title:||Georgia Civil War manuscript collections: an annotated bibliography, typescript, by David Henson Slay|
|Quantity:||0.8 Linear feet (2 boxes)|
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.
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.
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.