Women on the Border:
Maryland Perspectives of the Civil War

During the 2011-2012 academic year Special Collections of the University of Maryland Libraries commemorated the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a Symposium on "Women and the Civil War in Maryland" and a Maryland Room Gallery exhibition entitled Women on the Border: Maryland Perspectives of the Civil War.

The symposium, which took place on Friday, April 27, 2012, brought together local and national scholars. Thavolia Glymph, Associate Professor of African American Studies and History at Duke University, presented the keynote address. Please follow the symposium link in the navigation bar above for more information about the symposium and to view the symposium program.

While the gallery version of the Women on the Border exhibition is no longer on display, an online version is availble via this site. The digital exhibition continues to demonstrate the importance of viewing American Civil War history through the lens of women's and gender history; to illustrate the particularities of living within the "border state" of Maryland; and to promote a deeper understanding of how historical documents are preserved, used, and interpreted. In addition, the exhibition showcases some of the University Libraries' rare and manuscript materials related to the Civil War, almost all of which are from the University Libraries' Special Collections. This exhibition focuses on the lives and experiences of ordinary women living in the state of Maryland during the war, using letters, diaries, photographs, sheet music, rare books, and other special collections materials as sources.

View the online version of the "Women on the Border" exhibition.