The Private Voices project would not exist without the help of many hands, especially the students at Missouri State University. These included graduate students enrolled in English 793, Seminar in Linguistics, between 2009 and 2015. These students transcribed a substantial amount of the documents which make up the Corpus of American Civil War Letters. The research assistants who served every semester from the Fall of 2008 through the Spring of 2015, also produced a remarkable number of high-quality transcriptions. Each of these students is identified with the collections they transcribed. The project owes a tremendous debt to W. D. Blackmon, the head of the English Department at Missouri State University, who was a constant supporter of the project. In addition, we would like to acknowledge three colleagues who photographed or scanned letters for the project: Brandon Cooper, who visited archives and libraries in North Carolina and Texas; Radoslaw Dylewski, who visited libraries in South Carolina and Virginia; and Tiffany Williams, who photographed letters at the Briscoe Center at the University of Texas. Finally, we must acknowledge the many institutions which allowed us to photograph their collections or who supplied photocopies.

Research Assistants,
Missouri State University

Andrew Albritton, Gemma Bellhouse, Andrea Cudworth, Jennifer Fields, Kenneth Gardner, Heather Messick, Toni Mitchell, Shiloh Peters, Bambi Whitaker, Casey White

Gradate Students,
Missouri State University

Barbara Anderson, Kathryn Aune, Kelly Baker, Judith Bridges, Kristen Carroll, Patrick Chism, Amanda Conner, Heather Cook, Holly Corbett, Jeanne Couey, Allyson Dale, Katherine Ellerbrake, Jennifer Felder, Rachel Flynn, Rebekah Fitzgerald, Kenneth Gardner, Duane Gilson, Alexis Gonzalez, Jessica Hall, Melody Hargiss, Tristin Hooker, Amanda Ingle, Barbara Jones, Jennifer Jones, Allison Kauffmann, Aubrey Larimore, Mary Lutze, William McDermott, Madison McFarland, Mellisa McGinnis, Chaz Miller, Toni Mitchell, Bailey Moore, Andrew Myers, Sarah Pasquale, Antonina Paver, Andrew Peterson, Catherine Pettijohn, Robert Pickering, Chelsea Rook, Sierra Sitzes, Daphne Smith, Jessica Sneeringer, Angela Stanley, Matthew Stewart, Theresa Teague, Nicole Teghtmyer, Genevieve Vallentine, Allen Vanness, Jessica Warren, Bambi Whitaker, Natalie Whitaker, Brittaney Whittenburg, Brenna Womer, Brian Wright, Brett Young, Jamie Young

Digital Research Assistants,
University of Georgia

Samuel McGuire, Katherine Brackett Fialka, Leah Richier, Tracy Lynn Barnett


We are indebted to the following institutions for allowing us to photograph documents on site, providing document images for the project, or making document images available online:

Abbreviation Archive/Repository
ADAH Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery
Auburn Civil War in the American South, Auburn University Libraries (online)
Duke David M. Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Duke University. Durham, North Carolina
Emory Manuscript and Rare Book Library, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
ECU Joyner Library Special Collections, East Carolina University, Greenville
ETSU Archives of Appalachia, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City
FHS Filson Historical Society, Louisville
FSA Florida State Archives, Tallahasee
GDAH Georgia Department of Archives and History, Morrow
GLC Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
IHS Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis (online)
KHS Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfurt
LSU Hill Memorial Library Special Collections, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
MHC Michigan Historical Collection, Michigan State University (online)
MHI U.S. Army Military History Institute, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
MHS Maine Historical Society, Portland
MOHS Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis
MSU Special Collections Department, Mississippi State University
NCSA State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh
Notre Dame Rare Books and Manuscript Collections, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
NYSL New York State Library, Albany
SRNB Stones River National Battlefield, Murphreesboro, Tennessee (online)
TSLA Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville
SHC Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
UAR Special Collections Department, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville
UGA Hargrett Library Special Collections, University of Georgia, Athens
UIA University of Iowa Civil War Diaries and Letters (online)
UMiss University of Mississippi Special Collections Library
USC South Caroliniana Library, University of South Carolina, Columbia
UTK Special Collections Department, John C. Hodges Library, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
UVA Albert and Shirly Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia, Charlottesville
UVT Bailey/Howe Library, Center for Digital Initiatives, University of Vermont (online)
VHS Virginia Historical Society, Richmond
VPI Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Libraries, Blacksburg
WCU Hunter Library Special Collections, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee
WHM-C Western Historical Manuscript Collection, University of Missouri, Columbia
WHM-R Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla
WKU Department of Library Special Collections, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green

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