Guide to print and manuscript materials at Duke University related to women and their roles in the Civil War
Last Updated: Jun 22, 2011
Numerous resources on the topic of women and the Civil War are available at Duke University Libraries. This guide is not a comprehensive bibliography, but rather a starting point for doing research on the topic.
For more information about Civil War materials in Duke's Special Collections Library:
Civil War Resources LibGuide
All materials in the Special Collections Library are included in the online catalog, so you can search for rare books, manuscripts, and secondary sources all in one place. This list includes a few sample searches to help get you started.
- Women and the U.S. Civil War
This search includes primary and secondary sources and is based on a simple keyword search for "women," "United States," and "civil war."
- Civil War Women's Clothing
This search brings up materials related to dress during the 19th century in America
- Civil War Women Soldiers
Women served the army as nurses, cooks, and laundresses, but though they weren't allowed to enlist, hundreds of women also served as soldiers on the battlefield. Disguised as men, their motives varied, but their stories continue to fascinate.
- Civil War Women Spies
Another area that has captured the imagination and interest of history buffs is women who served as spies. This link leads to secondary and primary sources about these wily and resourceful women who passed military secrets.
Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library