University of Pennsylvania in the Civil War

Prepared by Joseph-James Ahern
November 2010

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Center.

The collections of the University Archives and Records Center document the activities of the University of Pennsylvania’s trustees, faculty, students, and alumni during the Civil War period. Included are administrative records, personal papers, and published works; these primarily reflect the operations of the University (through the Trustees and Faculty), and the experiences of the students. Other records, those of alumni and their families, relate to Philadelphia during the war. Documentation of military service is minimal, but is found within the collections.

This guide has been created to assist the researcher, regardless of interest or training, to access the Archives’ holdings related to the Civil War Period. Relevant material has been organized into the following headings: College Administration, Student Life, Medical School Administration, Philadelphia Society, Military Service, Scientific Topics, Remembrances, and Miscellaneous. Under each heading entries are arranged by archival and manuscript collections first, followed by published material. Each entry lists the collection name and classification, the box and folder number where the documents are contained, and a brief description. The guide does not contain a complete list of alumni who served in the Civil War.