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Every year, Special Collections & University Archives staff work together to create relevant and interesting exhibits on topics that are of interest to the University, the community, and to scholars.
This exhibit demonstrates 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the particularities of living within the "border state" of Maryland; and to promote a deeper understanding of how historical documents are preserved, used, and interpreted.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.