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Videos of Public Programs at the National Archives

Lincoln and American Values
September 20, 2008, the Center for the National Archives Experience celebrated the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth with a daylong symposium, Lincoln and American Values. The symposium provided historical insight into some of the most critically important facets of Lincoln's Presidency.

This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War
On January 9, 2008, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust spoke on her newest book, This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. Faust's book is an illuminating study of the American struggle to comprehend the meaning and practicalities of death in the face of the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War. Dr. Faust took audience questions after her talk.

The Lincoln Lectures
In celebration of Abraham Lincoln's bicentennial, the National Archives hosted a series of experts to discuss the Great Emancipator's legacy, biography, and assassination.

Digital Vaults

Explore Civil War documents found in the interactive online exhibit the Digital Vaults. Search for documents, Collect your favorites and use these records to Create a poster, movie or pathway challenge. Learn More

Our Documents

Many Civil War Era documents are featured on the site Our Documents: 100 Milestone Documents from the National Archives.


Prologue magazine brings readers stories based on the rich holdings and programs of the National Archives across the nation-from Washington, DC, to the regional archives and the Presidential libraries. Prologue has been published quarterly by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for 40 years.

Research Guide: Personal Participation in the Civil War