Civil War Philadelphia and Its Countryside

Temple University Libraries and Special Collections 
1210 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122

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Institutional Contact Information: 215-204-8212;

Individual Contact: David C. Murray, Librarian III, Reference and Instructional Services Department
Subject Specialist for History, Latin American Studies, Spanish and Portuguese
Paley Library, Temple University (Room 319) 
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Thomas M. Whitehead
Head of Special Collections
Paley Library, Temple University
Philadelphia, PA 19122
215-204-8230; Fax:(215)-204-5201

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Temple University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries. Its main and campus libraries maintain a collection of over 3,000,000 volumes and nearly 650 electronic databases. Temple is home to the nationally prominent Urban Archives and Blockson collections. The Urban Archives ( houses the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin clippings collection and other archival materials relating to the history of the Delaware Valley from the late 19th to the late 20th centuries. The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection ( serves both a local and national audience of researchers interested in the study of the history of people of African descent. The Samuel L. Paley Library’s Special Collections Department ( is home to a diverse collection of rare books and the well-known Contemporary Culture collection.

Civil War Collection

Collection Highlights:

1. Temple University Libraries Special Collections:

Medical Contribution:


Hospital Case Book (Ward D) Broad Street 1862-1863. Patients, wounds, regiments, where wounds received, etc.

Militaria and Diaries:


  1. Avery, L. Winslow. (Sgt., U.S. Army, Drum Major Company A., 57th Pa., Ambulance Corps). 12 holograph letters, 45 pages, 1862.
  2. Doran, Edward E.  Carpenter.  Pre-war diary, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 75 p. Diary ending as he goes off to the Civil War.
  3. Manderbach, Morris W. (Drummer, Company B, 55th Pa. Regiment). 17 letters, 54 pages. Re: camp life, battles ….
  4. Plumley, Jacob. B.  (Company B, 16th Pennsylvania Cavalry).  Letters, 1862-1865, of his and others about his death, to his family in Media, Pa.  His capture,   imprisonment, Andersonville his death there.
  5. Saylor, Benjamin. (Captain, Commissary Subsistence, 3rd Brigade).  201 manuscript letters and documents, 1864-1865, mostly in Virginia, providing in-depth information on the supplying of food provisions to the Union Army; lists (provisions issued to officers), deficiency of beef slaughtered, list of foods provided, recalled, missing … etc.
  6. Worrell, E. S.  Diary, January to April, 1862. (97th Penna. Regiment–Band.). West Chester, Pa. Encampment on Warsaw Island, telling of fleet of ships with General Sherman on board, with a long description of the fleet getting underway; they go up the St. Mary’s river, on to Jacksonville and Fernandia in Florida. Worrell tells of 30 Rebel prisoners boarding the ship on their way to New York; he goes to Hilton Head. (Plus 50 pages of pre-war diary, for 1860, tells of the lead-up to the Civil War.


Spencer and Springfield rifles, swords,  bayonet, minié ball, fuses, etc. etc.

2. Temple University Urban Archives

For more information about Temple University’s Civil War collections, please visit the following pages:


This project has been generously supported by the Honorable Larry Farnese, PA Senator, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,
the Department of Community and Economic Development, and the Samuel S. Fels Fund.


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