About This Site

Contributing Institutions
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Community & Conflict: The Impact of the Civil War in the Ozarks, is a collaborative digitization effort to document the war in the Trans-Mississippi Theater. Traditional Civil War scholarship has focused on events east of the Mississippi River. Events in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, the Indian Territory (modern day Oklahoma), Louisiana, and Texas have received comparatively little attention. To address this scholarly gap, seven organizations in southwest Missouri began development of Community & Conflict in 2007. The project was funded by Library Services and Technology Act digital imaging grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Missouri State Library.

The digital collection features letters, journals, diaries, court cases and other materials that explore how the war affected communities, families, and soldiers, in the region. By 2012, 11,000 pages of material were scanned, transcribed and made keyword searchable. This accomplishment required the project to grow in size and scope since its inception in 2007. Partnerships expanded to include 21 museums, libraries, and archives from across the country which provided free digital access to their collections through the project. A virtual museum, digital photo archive, and interactive timeline for the Trans-Mississippi Theater were also developed along the core themes of Community & Conflict.

The project has served as a model for other organizations in Missouri to follow as they digitize the state’s Civil War History in commemoration of the sesquicentennial, (2011-2015). Additionally, project staff developed a planning and development manual for digitization projects. This manual provides insight to the logistical requirements of digital projects, tips for selecting and evaluating collections, guidelines for scanning, metadata and transcriptions, and strategies for building strong partnerships with other organizations. The Springfield-Greene County Library District offers this resource to assist other institutions with their digitization efforts.

The Planning and Development Manual for Digitization Projects (PDF)

Painting at top of page: ‘That Beautiful Charge’ by Andy Thomas

Contributing Institutions

Andy Thomas, Maze Creek Studio

Benton County Archives

Bushwhacker Museum and Jail

Greene County Archives and Records Center

Greene County Medical Society

History Museum on the Square

Jasper County Records Center

Mine Creek Battlefield, Kansas SHS

Missouri State University Special Collections and Archives

Oklahoma Historical Society

Pearce Museum, Navarro College

Private Collectors

Rogers Historical Museum

Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

Special Collections, University of Arkansas Libraries

Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tulsa

Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries

State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center – Columbia

State Historical Society of Missouri Research Center – Rolla

Territorial Capital Museum

Wide Awake Films

Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield