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Libraries with Free Public Access
Library Location Web link Plates - P
Journal - J

ARIZONA
Arizona Historical Society Tucson Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
J

CALIFORNIA
The California State Military Museum Sacramento Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
J
       
San Francisco Public Library San Francisco Online Information; Catalog. J
       
Sutro Library
California State Library
San Francisco Online Information; Catalog. J
       
The Huntington Library San Marino Online Information; Catalog. P, J
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CANADA
The Hartland Molson Library
Canadian War Museum
Ottawa, ON Online Information; Catalog. J
       
The Archives & Research Library
The New Brunswick Museum
Saint John, N.B. Online Information; Catalog. J
       
Toronto Reference Library, Toronto Public Library Toronto, ON Online Information; Catalog. P, J
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CONNECTICUT
Connecticut State Library Hartford Online Information; Catalog. J
       
Yale University Library New Haven Online Information; Catalog. J
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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History Online Information; Catalog. P, J
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GEORGIA
Mighty 8th Air Force Museum Savannah Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
P, J

ILLINOIS
University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana Online Information; Catalog. J
       
Newberry Library Chicago Online Information; Catalog. J
       
Illinois State University Normal Online Information; Catalog. J

INDIANA
Allen County Public Library Fort Wayne Online Information; Catalog. P, J
       
Indiana State Library Indianapolis Online Information; Catalog. P, J

LOUISIANA
Louisiana State University Baton Rouge Online Information; Catalog. J
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MASSACHUSETTS
Boston Public Library Boston, Copley Square Online Information; Catalog. P, J
       
National Heritage Museum
Van Gorden-Williams Library
Lexington Online Information; Catalog. J
       
American Antiquarian Society Worcester Online Information; Catalog. J

MICHIGAN
Detroit Public Library Detroit Online Information; Catalog. J

MINNESOTA
Minnesota Historical Society St. Paul Online Information; Catalog. P, J

MISSOURI
The Missouri Historical Society St. Louis Online Information; Catalog. J
       
St. Louis Public Library St. Louis Online Information; Catalog. P, J
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NEBRASKA
Nebraska State Historical Society Lincoln Online Information; Catalog. J

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Baker Library Hanover, Dartmouth College Online Information; Catalog. P, J

NEW MEXICO
Western New Mexico University Silver City Online Information; Catalog. J
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NEW YORK
Cornell University Library Ithaca Online Information; Catalog. J
       
The New York State Military Museum and Veteran Research Center Saratoga Springs Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
J
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NORTH CAROLINA
Perkins Library Durham, Duke University Online Information; Catalog. P, J

NORTH DAKOTA
Orin G. Libby Reading Room
North Dakota Heritage Center
Bismarck Online Information; Catalog. J

PENNSYLVANIA
Pennsylvania State University University Park Online Information; Catalog. J
       
David Library of the American Revolution Washingtons Crossing Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
J
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RHODE ISLAND
Rockefeller Library Providence, Brown University Online Information; Catalog. P, J
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SOUTH CAROLINA
Daniel Library Charleston, The Citadel Online Information; Catalog. P, J

TEXAS
UT Library Austin, University of Texas Online Information; Catalog. P, J
       
Evans Library College Station, Texas A & M University Online Information; Catalog. J
       
San Antonio Public Library San Antonio Online Information; Catalog. P, J
       

UNITED KINGDOM
National Army Museum Chelsea, London Online Information;
No Online Catalog
J
       
National Museums of Scotland Edinburgh Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
J

VIRGINIA
Library of Virginia Richmond Online Information; Catalog. P, J
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WEST VIRGINIA
Harpers Ferry Center Harpers Ferry Online Information; Catalog. P, J

WISCONSIN
State Historical Society of Wisconsin Madison Online Information; Catalog. P, J
       
Wisconsin Veterans Museum Madison Online Information; Catalog. P, J
       
Milwaukee Public Library Milwaukee Online Information; Catalog. J
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WYOMING
University of Wyoming Laramie Online Information; Catalog. J

Libraries that allow some public access (Call before visiting)
(Some require an appointment, some a fee, those on military bases will require a security check
and may only be open to those with a military ID)
Library Location Web link Plates - P
Journal - J

ALABAMA
Air University Library
[military base]
Maxwell Air Force Base Online Information; Catalog. P, J

CALIFORNIA
Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
[appointment]
Los Angeles Online Information;
No Online Catalog
J
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CANADA
The Resource Centre, Fort Malden NHS
[appointment]
Amherstburg, ON Online Information;
No Online Catalog
J
       
David Stewart Museum
[appointment]
Montreal, QU Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
J
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COLORADO
US Air Force Academy
[military base]
Colorado Springs Online Information; Catalog. J

CONNECTICUT
US Coast Guard Academy
[military base]
New London Online Information; Catalog. J
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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Marine Corps Historical Center
[military base]
Washington DC Navy Yard Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
P, J
       
Navy Department Library
[military base]
Washington DC Navy Yard Online Information; Catalog. P, J
       
Pentagon Library
[military base]
Pentagon Online Information; Catalog. J
       
The Society of the Cincinnati Library
[appointment]
Massachusetts Avenue, NW Library Director;
No Online Catalog
J
       
US Army Center for Military History
[military base]
Fort McNair Online Information; Catalog. P, J
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KANSAS
U. S. Cavalry Memorial Research Library
[military base]
Fort Riley Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
P, J

KENTUCKY
The Armor School Research Library
[military base]
Fort Knox Online Information; Catalog. J

LOUISIANA
Allen Library
[military base]
Fort Polk Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
P, J
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MARYLAND
The H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Historical Society
[fee]
Baltimore Online Information; Catalog. J

MISSOURI
The John K. and Ruth Hulston Civil War Research Library
[appointment]
Republic Online Information; Catalog. J
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NEW MEXICO
Angélico Chávez History Library
Palace of the Governors
[fee ?]
Santa Fe Online Information; Catalog. J
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NEW YORK
Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society
[fee]
Buffalo Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
P, J
       
New York State Historical Association
[fee]
Cooperstown Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
J
       
US Military Academy Library
[military base]
West Point Online Information; Catalog. J
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OKLAHOMA
Fort Sill National Historic Landmark
[military base]
Fort Sill Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
J
       
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Donald C. & Elizabeth M. Dickinson Research Center
[appointment]
Oklahoma City Online Information; Catalog. J

PENNSYLVANIA
US Army Military History Institute
[military base]
Carlisle Barracks Online Information; Catalog. P, J
       
The Civil War Library and Museum
[fee]
Philadelphia Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
J
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RHODE ISLAND
Varnum Continentals Museum
[appointment; donation]
East Greenwich Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
J
       
Naval War College Library
[military base]
Newport Online Information; Catalog. J
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VIRGINIA
US Army Quartermaster Museum
[military base]
Fort Lee Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
P, J
       
The Museum of the Confederacy
[appointment & fee]
Richmond Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
J
       
Virginia Historical Society
[fee]
Richmond Online Information; Catalog. J
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WASHINGTON
Fort Lewis Museum
[military base]
Fort Lewis Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
J

WISCONSIN
Milwaukee Public Museum
[appointment]
Milwaukee Online Information;
No Online Catalog.
P, J
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You can search by any of the following terms:

Search By: Yields:  
Author or Artist Name A list of citations for the MC&H works by that individual Search
Volume and Issue Number A Table of Contents for the Issue Search
Keywords in the Title / Keywords fields A list of citations for articles meeting the search citeria Search
ArticleID or Plate Number All database items for that item Search

Notes on the Indexing Process

Country/State, Service, Branch

Pigeonholing - One of the big problems with indexing is that to make the index useful you must divide a subject into a finite number of categories and then fit each item into a category. Too many categories is no good and neither is too few. Another problem is that different folks will have different approaches to how and where the dividing lines should be. Since I did the coding based on my background and training, it reflects my prejudices. The best I can do is try to tell you where there are potential problems, so that you can adjust your search strategy to accommodate them.

Lumping and Splitting - Another of the age old problems for the indexer. I broke things down (indexed) with no preformed groups, then I used the power of the computer to look at the groups that were formed. At that point I became a lumper, and combined things with few entries into a single category. Some examples: There were at the end of the indexing process entries for military police, provost, provost martial, and marcheusse; I have coded them all under military police; there were entries for balloon corps, aviation, air corps, air force (but not Air Force); they have been lumped into a category labled 'ancestor aviation' so that it will be easy to pull all articles and plates related to the development of the air arm. Medical personnel of all types have been lumped under the medical branch.

In the Country/State field all entries in the database are listed on the menus in Paragraph 2 of the search form. There has been no lumping, except when indexing reviews: I used Europe instead of listing a long list of countries, and World if a cross section of countries around the globe were represented in the work. I have split out the Continental period from the rest of the United States; Colonial/Provincial articles are listed under the colonizing power: Britain, France, Spain, etc, and the state occupying that territory today. For the German hierlings of the British during the American Revolution, they have been lumped under "Hessians', but can be split by using the menu in paragraph 3 under Service.

I had a great deal of difficulty assigning articles to the Service category. This reflects changes in how the militia system and federal powers changed. Early on, every male citizen between certain ages was part of the militia; over time volunteer milita were formed. When the federal government needed to expand its' army in the War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War and Spanish-American War, they asked the states for volunteers. In some cases a militia unit enlisted en-masse as a volunteer unit clouding what they should be called. In some states when their militia (and later their National Guard) volunteered for war, the states formed state militia or state guard to provide for defense within the state. In many cases the information to make the determination was lacking. Before the Civil War, I classified city and state units as militia; there may be some units labeled militia that should be Independent. During the Civil War period, I labelled units of both sides that fought as 'Volunteers,' unless they were obviously federal. Some state units which remained at home were labelled 'militia' or 'guard.'

Keywords

The List - Before I started coding, I reviewed that categories that Maria Todd used in her first index and created the list which is appended. I then went through Ballard's index for 40 years of MC&H and added to the list. As I indexed things, the need for new terms surfaced and they were added to the list. I know I didn't always repeat terms that existed in the title in the keywords field. So the combined title/keywords search, in paragraph 1 of the keywords search form, will yield better results than either title or keywords alone.

Time Period

Time periods used in the database are geared to United States history. Since this is a database of military related items it made sense (to me) to group the periods around wars. Not all wars are singled out for a separate period. Where not separated out, I've tried to code the war into the Key Words section, so in the period 1816-1859 those interested in the Mexican War or Seminole War will get more specific matches by using 'Mexican' or 'Seminole' in the Key Words search field. In some ways the periods chosen reflect the number of articles in MC&H for the period. At some future time, the period 1946 - present, which has meager material, may be split by some enterprising indexer to reflect a volume of material on Korea, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, the Gulf War, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq and whatever comes next. For the present they remain in a single time group.

As noted above when breaking a continum up in to divisions, there is always something that doesn't fit cleanly in one or the other group. In coding Time Period, where this happens I have coded multiple periods, so an article on militia units that existed before the Civil War and served during the war will be coded so that the article is listed in prewar searches and Civil War period searches. Book Reviews, when I could indentify the period covered from the review, are coded with each applicable period and should pop up in the multiple searches they pertain to.

I welcome hearing from users about what appears to be coded wrong, or not coded to appear where it should. I also welcome constructive ideas on how to improve the database. Contact Us

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