Microfilm Resources at Swem Library

Postbellum and Southern History

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Scott Nelson,updated 2007

Records of the Education Division of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1871 [microform] (Freedmen's Burea schools)

Records of the Commissioners of Claims (Southern Claims Commission) < 1871-1880 [microform]

14 reels E480 .U5 The US Congress set up the Southern Claims Commission to hear complaints from Unionists in the South who were badly treated by Confederate authorities. Some of the claims entered by Unionists describe postwar changes in the South.

American Women's Diaries: Southern Women

Reel Guide: CT 3230 A44 - REF

[1] Sarah H. Gayle -- c.1804-1840? {short bio in Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Within the Plantation Household, chap. 1}

[2] Martha E.F. Crawford --

[3] Sarah I.F.M. Dawson. Harriet T. McLellan --

[4] Grace L. Whittle. Cloe T.W. Greene. Molly E. Seawell (5 reels) --

[5] Dolly S.L. Burge. Louisiana D. Burge. Sarah B. Gray --

[6] Ada W. Bacot --

[7] Mary D. Brown. Mary Hort --

[8] Priscilla B. McKaig --

[9] Zillah H. Brandon. Frances J.B. Robertson --

[10] Elizabeth W.A. Pringle (4 reels) --

[11] Kate S. Carney. Alice Ready --

[12] Carolyn E.B. Clitherall (2 reels) --

[13] Sarah A.G. Crawford --

[14] Harriet Eaton. Emma F. LeConte. Emma Mordecai --

[15] Mary D.H. Howell. Sarah Huff. Millie J. McCreary --

[16] Eveline H. Jackson (5 reels) --

[17] Jane A.A. Lines

Travels in the New South

Published travel accounts which have been transferred to microfiche.  Great for description, daily life.

Reel Guide: F209 .A1 T73 1986 - REF

Bibliography: F209 .A1 C38 - REF

Southern women and their families in the 19th century, papers and diaries.

Some good postwar collections.

Reel Guides: HQ 1438 S65

Series A, Holdings of the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill [microform] / consulting editor, Anne Firor Scott.

pt. 6. Virginia collection swmna6.htm
pt. 7. Phillips and Spencer family collections swmna7.htm
pt. 8. North Carolina. swmna8.htm

Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution Through the Civil War

Some of these series are stored downstairs in special collections; some are up in Reference.

Reel Guide: HD 1471 .U5 R43


Series A, South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina

Series C, Library of Congress

Series E, University of Virginia Library

Series F, Manuscript Department, Duke University Library

Series G, Barker Texas History Center, University of Texas at Austin (part 2 only)

Series J, Southern Historical Collection, Manuscripts Department, Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (part 9 only) plantj9.htm

Series M, Virginia Historical Society (parts 1-3 only)



Boone's Creek Baptist Church, Athens, KY. Church Records, 1886-1900.

Carolina Spartan, 1858-

This newspaper was published in Spartaburg, South Carolina. The area around Spartanburg had some of the worst Klan violence in the period from 1868 to 1871.  Federal prosecutions of Klansmen began here in 1871.


Presidential Papers

Reel Guide: Z8365.8.U5 - REF

Andrew Johnson, 55 reels

US Grant, papers dated 1844-92, 32 reels

Rutherford B. Hayes,

James Garfield,

Chester Arthur, 3 reels

Grover Cleveland, 164 reels

Benjamin Harrison, papers dated c. 1853-1901, 151 reels

William McKinley, 98 reels

Theodore Roosevelt, 485 reels

Albion W. Tourgee Papers

Tourgee was Union soldier -- a "carpetbagger" -- who moved into North Carolina after the Civil War. He was instrumental in drafting the code of North Carolina laws. He was also a district court judge who prosecuted Klan members in 1872-77. He wrote one of the most famous novels about Reconstruction, A Fool's Errand, in which he reflected on Republicans attempts to change the South. 

60 reels

Reel Guide: PS 3088 .A4 - REF

Richmond Dispatch

Case files of investigations by Levi C. Turner and Lafayette C. Baker, 1861-1866


Turner and Baker worked for the Adjutant-General's office investigating charges of treason against the US government. Included are testimony of witnesses, evidence, sometimes with the final disposition of the case.