Archival Services Commemorates Civil War Sesquicentennial


The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries, recently commemorated the Civil War Sesquicentennial by digitizing and making available online over 200 rare letters from its collections that document the War Between the States.  The project was implemented by Kent State University School of Library and Information Science student Adam Wanter.  Wanter not only digitized the letters, but also created metadata about each item under the direction of Archival Services faculty and staff and uploaded them to the archives’ digital repository in order to share them with a broader audience online.  The letters can be accessed at

The letters represent four distinctly different collections held in Archival Services:  The William McCollam Papers, the John J. Polsley Papers, the Joseph Sailor Letters, and the Alvin Coe Voris Letters.  The collections document the profound effects the war had on the people of Ohio and the region.  They cover military and camp life of both soldiers and officers, battles and skirmishes, and soldiers’ and citizens’ thoughts on the war as it unfolded.   

These collections and other resources on the history of the Civil War can be viewed by visiting Archival Services located in Room LL10 of the Polsky Building in downtown Akron.  Public hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday.  Additional information about Archival Services and its collections can be found on the department’s website at

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