Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Civil War Letters added to DMR-Update

McVicker Civil War Letters Added to Digital Media Repository

Students, faculty, and researchers studying the U. S. Civil War now have more digital resources available to them. The Sarah E. McVicker Civil War Collection has been added to the Digital
Repository of U.S. Civil War Resources for East Central Indiana and is available in the Ball State Digital Media Repository (, a project of the University Libraries.

The collection contains correspondence sent to Sarah E. McVicker (later Johnson) by soldiers from Delaware County, Indiana, during and after the Civil War. The soldiers who corresponded with McVicker were members of the 84th and 130th Indiana Infantry units. Ms. McVicker had grown up with all of them in Eaton, Indiana. A couple of the letters are from her brother Joseph.
The letters were donated to Archives and Special Collections by Sarah McVicker’s great great grandson, Alan Holdren, in memory of his mother, Jean Holdren. Mr. Holdren said that he was shown the letters when he was seven or eight years old. His grandmother, Catherine Harshman, had the letters along with several lead bullets in an old red coffee can. He remembered her reading some of the letters to him and his mother. The letters had been assumed lost for more than 35 years when he found them in his attic. His mother had saved them and put them in a box for him.

The Digital Repository of U.S. Civil War Resources for East Central Indiana was created in the Digital Media Repository with financial support from a Library Services and Technology Act Digitization Grant awarded to the University Libraries in 2005-06. The collection now contains 453 digital objects, including Civil War letters, diaries, photographs, and other materials from the University Libraries’ Archives and Special Collections, Muncie Public Library, Henry County Historical Society, and the U. S. Vice Presidential Museum of the Dan Quayle Center in Huntington, Indiana. For more information, contact John B. Straw, Ball State University Libraries’ Assistant Dean for Digital Initiatives and Special Collections,, 765-285-5078.

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