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Civil War and slavery collection

Identifier: RHC-45

Collection Description

Personal and official documents and correspondence related to the American Civil War and to the institution of slavery, collected by Harvey E. Lemmen. A selection of documents from 10 states related to the ownership of slaves and abolition, 1805-1864; and correspondence and documents of the soldiers who fought in the War to and from family members and officials. Further includes 1914 letter from Robert Lincoln and accounts written after the War, as late as 1943, related to Abraham Lincoln and the politics of the war.


  • Creation: 1804-1897

Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Publication Rights

For information on copyright or permissions for this collection, contact Grand Valley State University Special Collections.


2.58 Linear feet (1 carton, 1 flat box)

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Source of Acquisition

Acquired from Harvey E. Lemmen in 1992.

Alternative Format

A selection of the documents are digitzed and available in our Digital Collections.

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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States