Civil War Archives: A New Social and Cultural History of the Civil War




Gettysburg, PA


June 5-18, 2022


2 weeks


Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program Type

Professional Development Program Audience


This two-week residential institute places Civil War and Reconstruction history within the context of the “the archival turn,” a scholarly intervention that explores how ideology, politics, bias, and history itself shapes the contents of archives. While scholars from Asian to European history have examined this question in relation to their fields, few Civil War historians have probed this question, despite the overwhelming abundance of Civil War archives. Paying particular attention to issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality, this Institute provides an opportunity to investigate how the archival turn can generate new ways of studying the Civil War Era.

Project Director(s)

Jim Downs

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Stephen Berry; Catherine Clinton; Peter Carmichael; Andrew Dalton; Crystal Feimster; Sarah Gardner; Joseph Schmidt; Martha Hodes; Jennifer L. Morgan; Carolyn Sauter; Yael Sternhell; Ann Stoler

Grantee Institution

Gettysburg College

Funded through the Division of Education Programs