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HISTORY: This collection was gathered from the general collections of the Mercantile Library almost in its entirety and bears witness to the fact that the Library collected many items printed in the Confederacy as the war wore on. The Library itself was an intellectual battlefield during the Civil War in a border state, and many of these works were probably collected as a result of its having a strong Southern sympathizer as its head librarian through 1862; the fact that the collection is relatively small undoubtedly indicates the suppression of similar items after this date by a strong Unionist board of directors and its hand-picked head librarian. Additional items are occasionally added to this collection.
SCOPE: Material printed in the American Confederacy, 1861-1865, mostly laws of the secessionist legislatures, but including literary pieces, medical and scientific works, and other topical tracts.
HOLDINGS: Approximately 50 items.
ACCESS: The collection, M-123, is catalogued, and special files of the holdings exist on site. Portions of the collection may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, depending on condition.