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David Holmes Sketchbook, circa 1860s

 File — Box: 4212.001, Folder: 004

Content Description

From the Collection: The collection consists of two diaries, two sketchbooks, six letters, and a leather pocketbook with several loose family documents, most of which were created by Sergeant David Holmes of the 20th Michigan Infantry in the Union Army from the years 1858 through 1864. The materials provide insight into the rigors of daily life for a Civil War soldier, and Holmes creates a portrait of his wartime experiences through his sketches of soldiers and camp life. In addition to his Civil War-related materials, the collection also includes one diary from 1858, which details his civilian life as a newspaper printer.


  • circa 1860s

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Due to the nature of certain archival formats, including digital and audio-visual materials, access to certain materials may require additional advance notice.


From the Collection: 1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266