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Civil War Book Collections in the LSU Libraries
associated with the United States Civil War Center




The LSU Libraries have voluminous holdings of books and other published materials to support research about the Civil War. In particular, its Special Collections division's Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections comprise exhaustive holdings on the war in that region. Related materials about the war in other parts of the country are found in the Rare Book Collection and in the Libraries' general collection, housed in Middleton Library.

Through the auspices of the United States Civil War Center, two additional collections of note are available to researchers using the LSU Libraries' Special Collections division: The David Madden Collection of Civil War Fiction, and the Michael Lehman Williamson Collection of Civil War Books for Young People.


David Madden Collection of Civil War Fiction

Established in 2002, The David Madden Collection of Civil War Fiction focuses on Civil War fiction published after 1950, complementing the Richard H. Wilmer, Jr. Collection of Civil War novels housed at the University of North Carolina, which consist primarily of Civil War novels published before 1950. While researching his Civil War novel Sharpshooter (1996), Professor David Madden assembled a large collection of works of fiction on the war. These novels, which he donated to the LSU Libraries through the auspices of the United States Civil War Center, form the core of the Madden Collection.

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1933, David Madden graduated from the University of Tennessee, served in the Army, earned an M. A. at San Francisco State, and attended Yale Drama School on a John Golden Fellowship. Madden served as Director of the Creative Writing Program at LSU, 1992-1994, and was the Founding Director of the U. S. Civil War Center, 1993-1999. Madden currently holds the Donald and Velvia Crumbley Professorship in Creative Writing at Louisiana State University.

The collection is available to researchers through the Special Collections division of LSU Libraries and is located in Hill Memorial Library at LSU.


Michael Lehman Williamson Collection
of Civil War Books for Young People

Established in 1994 by the Lehman Williamson family in memory of their son, Michael, the Michael Lehman Williamson Collection of Civil War Books for Young People features books published from 1862 to the present. Other major donors include Bell South and Mrs. George Ann Brown who contributed in memory of her husband, Felton. Book donations are welcome.

Unique in the nation, the collection features more than 900 books about the Civil War written for children, including biographies of famous people, such as Harriet Tubman, Robert E. Lee, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Matthew Brady, fiction about children's experiences during the war, factual works about the history of the war, and reference works designed for children to use. In 2002, a selection of books from the collection was exhibited in Hill Memorial Library. Blue and Gray for Boys and Girls: An Exhibition of Children's Civil War Literature is an online version of that exhibition.

The collection is available to researchers through the Special Collections division of LSU Libraries and is located in Hill Memorial Library at LSU.