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The Civil War: Women and the Homefront

Guide to print and manuscript materials at the Rubenstein Library related to women and their roles in the Civil War.

Sallie Bingham Center


Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Duke University

Phone: 919-660-5822


Women and the Civil War

Numerous resources on the topic of women and the Civil War are available at the Rubenstein Library. This guide is a starting point for doing research on the topic.

  • Primary Sources Online: This section includes digitized material from Duke Libraries and other sources, primary source databases, and microfilm collections.
  • Manuscript Collections: Women during the Civil War wrote about their experiences in letters and diaries that are part of manuscript collections held by the Rubenstein Library. This section is divided alphabetically.

For more information about Civil War materials in the Rubenstein Library:
Civil War Resources LibGuide

Search the Catalog for Women and the Civil War

All materials in the Rubenstein 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.