The collection consists of 16 boxes of books and papers, mostly from the 1860s, all of which were readily available to the public in the Confederacy at the time. The collection includes state and C.S.A. laws, ordinances, and regulations, military manuals, political dissertations, school books, novels, maps, tracts, and sermons. Also included are works related to the Confederacy such as histories of the war and autobiographies. Most are originals, any photocopies are noted as such in this listing.
The numbers associated with most items refers to numbers used in the published volumes of citations "Confederate Imprints: A checklist based principally on the collection of the Boston Athenaeum", by Marjorie Lyle Crandall, published in two volumes by the Boston Atheneaum, 1955 and in "More Confederate Imprints", by Richard Harwell, The Virginia State Library, 1957.
Conditions Governing Access
This material is open for research. Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-348-2586.
Permission to publish from the Confederate Imprints collection, MS 71, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
Dr. Samuel A. Greene is largely responsible for amassing this collection during his tenure as librarian of the Massachusetts Historical Society. He was a Civil War veteran, and held his post with the Society from the end of the Civil War until World War I.
Official documents, books, advertisements, religious pamphlets, maps, and various other materials related to life in the Confederacy during the period of the U.S. Civil War.
This materials has been arranged in number order according to the numbering scheme in "Confederate Imprints: A checklist based principally on the collection of the Boston Athenaeum", by Marjorie Lyle Crandall, published in two volumes by the Boston Atheneaum, 1955 and in "More Confederate Imprints", by Richard Harwell, The Virginia State Library, 1957.
Series I: S Numbers, 1859-1864
Series II: Harwell Numbers; 1860-1865
Series III: Crandall Numbers; 1855-1867
Series X: Oversize
Many of these original imprints can be found on microfilm:
"Confederate imprints, 1861-1865" microform Crandall, Marjorie Lyle, 1900- Confederate imprints. Title: Confederate imprints, 1861-1865 microform Publication info: New Haven, Conn. : Research Publications, . Physical description: 144 microfilm reels ; 35 mm. General note: Based on: "Confederate imprints" / Marjorie Lyle Crandall. Boston : Boston Athenaeum, 1955. "More Confederate imprints" / Richard B. Harwell. Richmond : Virginia State Library, 1957. General note: Reproduces text of titles listed in Crandall and Harwell bibliographies arranged by bibliography number. Fondren Library call # E487 .C73 1974.