The Monday, February 18, 2013 issue of the Akron Beacon Journal contained an article announcing the Summit County Historical Society’s Summit Awards, which recognized Alvin Coe Voris (please see http://www.ohio.com/news/summit-historical-society-to-honor-civil-war-general-1.374092). The article referenced Voris’ papers, which are part of the vast holdings of The University of Akron Archival Services, a division of University Libraries.
Voris (1827-1904) served in the Ohio Legislature and then enlisted in the 67th Ohio Volunteer Infantry at the outbreak of the Civil War. He served as commander of the regiment and rose to the rank of Brevet Major General commanding a Brigade and Division. The letters include his correspondence to his wife from 1860 through December 1865. Many of the letters were published in A Citizen-Soldier’s Civil War: The Letters of Brevet Major General Alvin C. Voris (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2002), edited by Professor Jerome Mushkat. Copies of the book are available in Bierce Library and Archival Services.
The Alvin Coe Voris Papers (1860-1865) recently have been re-processed and re-housed into acid-free enclosures. The finding aid also has been updated and entered into the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository online at http://ead.ohiolink.edu/xtf-ead/view?docId=ead/OhAkUAS0058.xml;chunk.id=dsc_1;brand=default. The Voris letters and other historical resources on the Civil War are available by visiting Archival Services located in Room LL10 of the Polsky Building. The archives are open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. Questions regarding the papers can be directed to Archival Services by phone at 330-972-7670 or by e-mail at email@example.com. Additional information about Archival Services and its collections can be accessed on the department’s website at http://www.uakron.edu/libraries/archives.