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Civil War Collections & the Biblical Recorder Now Online

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, ZSR has contributed four collections to the online portal “Civil War in the American South.” The portal includes digital versions of collections from 1850-1865 held by members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. The collections contributed by ZSR are:

  • Confederate Broadsides Collection – Over 250 examples of poems written by Southerners and Confederate sympathizers during the Civil War, including some pamphlets and clippings, as well as broadsides.
  • Lipe Family Civil War Letters Collection – The Lipe (or Leib) family lived in Deep Well (now Mooresville), Iredell County, North Carolina. The collection consists of letters and poems from different Confederate soldiers.
  • George L. Bright Civil War Diary – George L. Bright was a band member in the 46th Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Union Army.
  • Herbert E. Valentine Civil War Diary – Valentine’s manuscript memoirs relate various anecdotes about his Union Army experiences, mostly in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Are you tired of sitting before a microfilm machine when you need an issue of the Biblical Recorder? If so, rejoice with the Special Collections and Archives department that the Biblical Recorder is now online and searchable! Now you can read issues from 1834-1970 from the comfort of your desk or home. This resource is one of the most highly used collections at ZSR.

The Biblical Recorder is the official journal of the North Carolina Baptist Convention. Thomas Meredith, an early pastor instrumental in the Convention’s formation, founded the newspaper as the Baptist Interpreter. The name soon changed to the Biblical Recorder and Journal of Passing Events, and it was ultimately shortened to the Biblical Recorder. Readers can trace trends in social, cultural and religious views, and they can gain a deeper understanding of how Baptist practices and attitudes have changed over time.

The digitization was made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.