A Plea for Help: The Official Records and Southern Historical Society Papers at Google Books


in News and Notes, Primary Sources

I need to some help from TOCWOC and Beyond the Crater readers, all knowledgeable students of the Civil War. I post articles from quite a few sources at Beyond the Crater, including Battles and Leaders, the MOLLUS War Papers, Papers of the Military Historical Society of Massachusetts, the Southern Historical Society Papers, and the Official Records.

Hard copies of these sources are used to double check and proofread the articles I post at Beyond the Crater. I typically use OCR software or copy and paste the content from online versions of these primary sources. I have hard copies or PDFs of the first three primary sources, but the Southern Historical Society Papers and Official Records are troubling me a bit. Specifically, I’m looking for the following volumes of each at Google Books. If you know where these volumes exist as fully readable books, I would appreciate it if you add the links in the comments section below.

Official Records:

  • Volume XL, Part 2 (Correspondence)
  • Volume XL, Part 3 (Correspondence)
  • Volume XLII, Part 2 (Correspondence)
  • Volume XLII, Part 3 (Correspondence)
  • Volume XLVI, Part 1 (Reports)
  • Volume XLVI, Part 2 (Correspondence)
  • Volume XLVI, Part 3 (Correspondence)

Southern Historical Society Papers:

  • Volumes 1-7
  • Volumes 10-12
  • Volumes 19-20
  • Volumes 23-26
  • Volumes 29-36
  • UPDATE: Volumes 39-52 (i.e. the “New Series”)

If anyone knows where I can find these volumes at Google Books I would greatly appreciate it if you could provide me the links in the comments section below. Thanks to all of my loyal and intelligent readers. Your interaction at both of my sites has taught me quite a bit over the last few years.

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Ken Perdue April 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Cornell University has online images of the Official Records at their Making of America site. As far as I can tell, those images are not downloadable as PDFs but they are at least viewable.


The Internet Archive has some of the SHSP you’re looking for in downloadable PDF format (among others).

Volume 3 – http://www.archive.org/details/southernhistoric03sout

Volume 12 – http://www.archive.org/details/southernhistoric12sout

Volume 24 – http://www.archive.org/details/southernhistoric24sout

Volume 29 – http://www.archive.org/details/southernhistoric29sout

Volume 36 – http://www.archive.org/details/southernhistoric36sout

Volume 39 – http://www.archive.org/details/southernhistoric39sout

Volume 39 is also known as Volume 1 of the New Series.

bschulte April 13, 2010 at 9:29 pm


Thanks! That’s a great start. This also reminds me that I needed volumes 39-52 of the Southern Historical Society Papers, i.e the New Series.


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