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Selected Archival Resources

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  • Records of the American National Red Cross, 1881-2008, (previously part of Record Group 200), National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md. Catalog record available online.
  • Clara Barton Collection of Papers, 1896-1924, Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass. Catalog record available online External through the Boston Public Library catalog.
  • Clara Barton Correspondence, 1850-1890, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Calif. Catalog record available online External.
  • Clara Barton Diary, 1903-1910, Microfilm of originals held by the American National Red Cross. LC catalog record.
  • Clara Barton Papers, 1822-1982, MS 11, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass. Finding aid available online External.
  • Clara Barton Papers, 1832-1912, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass. Catalog record available online External. Finding aid available online External.
  • Clara Barton Papers, 1862-1911, bMS 415, Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass. Finding aid available online External.
  • Clara Barton Papers, 1869, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham, N.C. Finding aid available online External.
  • Clara Barton Papers, 1870-1906, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Catalog record available online External through Harvard University library catalog.
  • Clara Barton Papers, 1871-1921, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. Catalog record available online External through Harvard University library catalog.
  • Clara Barton Papers, 1887-1918, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, College Park, Md. Finding aid available online External. Digital copies of the letters in this collection are available online External in the University of Maryland's Digital Collections.
  • Clara Barton Photograph Albums and Letters, 1905-1909, Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass. Catalog record available online External through the Boston Public Library catalog.
  • Visual Materials from the Clara Barton Papers, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • Samuel Barton Papers, 1841-1924, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham, N.C. Catalog record available online External.
  • Mabel Thorp Boardman Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • Benjamin F. Butler Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • Grover Cleveland Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • John Joseph Craven Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • Nathan W. Daniels Diary and Scrapbook, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • William R. Day, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • Frederick Douglass Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • John Johnson Elwell Papers, 1862-1900, MS 2285, Western Reserve Historical Society, Cleveland, Ohio. Finding aid available online External.
  • James A. Garfield Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • George Kennan Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • John Alexander Logan Family Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • William McKinley Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers Petition, 1864-1898, undated, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • Mary Norton Papers, 1852-1895, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University, Durham, N.C. Catalog record available online External.
  • Richard Olney Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • Charles Mason Remey Family Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • Riccius Family Papers, 1856-1937, Mss miscellaneous boxes R, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass. Catalog record available online External. Finding aid available online External.
  • Riggs Family Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • William Rufus Shafter Papers, 1862-1945, M0072, Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif. Collection finding aid available online External in PDF format.
  • Edward Shaw Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • Edwin McMasters Stanton Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • William H. Taft Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • E. B. Washburne Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • Henry Wilson Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. LC catalog record.
  • Edward Morris Wistar Papers, 1894-1914, Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College, Haverford, Pa. Catalog record available online External.
  • Worcester Soldiers' Relief Society Records, 1861-1865, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Mass. Catalog record available online External. Finding aid available online External.

Selected Writings by Clara Barton

  • American National Red Cross. The Red Cross of the Geneva Convention: What It Is, Its Origin and History. Dansville, N.Y.: A. O. Bunnell, 1881. LC catalog record.
  • Barton, Clara. America's Relief Expedition to Asia Minor Under the Red Cross Expedition in Asia Minor and Relief Operation. Washington, D.C.: Journal Publishing Company, 1896. Reprint, Yerevan, Armenia: Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute, 2012. LC catalog record.
  • Barton, Clara. "Our Work and Observations in Cuba." North American Review 166, no. 498 (May 1898): 552-559. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External and JSTOR External.
  • Barton, Clara. Petition to the United States Congress for an appropriation to continue her Office of Correspondence with the Friends of the Missing Men of the United States Army, February 1, 1866. Digitized copy of petition at the National Archives and Records Administration available online External through History, Art and Archives, United States House of Representatives website.
  • Barton, Clara. "Philanthropy at Johnstown." North American Review 149, no. 393 (August 1889): 142-149. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External and JSTOR.
  • Barton, Clara. The Red Cross: A History of This Remarkable International Movement in the Interest of Humanity. Washington, D.C.: American National Red Cross, 1898. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Barton, Clara. The Red Cross in Peace and War. Washington, D.C.: American Historical Press, 1899. Available online through HathiTrust External. Reprint, Meriden, Conn.: Journal Publishing Co., 1912. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Barton, Clara. The Red Cross of the Geneva Convention. What It Is. Washington, D.C.: R. H. Darby, 1878. LC catalog record.
  • Barton, Clara. The Story of My Childhood. New York: Baker & Taylor Company, 1907. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External and the World Digital Library. Reprint, New York: Arno Press, 1980. LC catalog record.
  • Barton, Clara. A Story of the Red Cross: Glimpses of Field Work. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1904. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External.

Selected Biographies and General Histories

  • American National Red Cross, Clara Barton Chapter No. 1, comp. Clara Barton and Dansville; Together with Supplementary Materials. Dansville, N.Y.: F. A. Owen Publishing Co., 1966. LC catalog record.
  • Aron, Cindy S. "'To Barter Their Souls for Gold': Female Clerks in Federal Government Offices, 1862-1890." Journal of American History 67, no. 4 (March 1981): 835-853. LC catalog record.
  • Bacon-Foster, Corra. "Clara Barton, Humanitarian." Records of the Columbia Historical Society, Washington, D.C. 21 (1918): 278-356. LC catalog record. Available online through JSTOR External.
  • Barton, William E. The Life of Clara Barton, Founder of the American Red Cross. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1922. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External. Reprint, New York: AMS Press, 1969. LC catalog record.
  • Buckingham, Clyde E. Clara Barton, a Broad Humanity: Philanthropic Efforts on Behalf of the Armed Forces and Disaster Victims, 1860-1900. N.p.: Buckingham, 1980. LC catalog record.
  • Burton, David H. Clara Barton: In the Service of Humanity. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1995. LC catalog record.
  • Epler, Percy H. Clara Barton: Memorial Addresses and Funeral Tributes. Worcester, Mass.: N. A. Pearson, 1912. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Epler, Percy H. The Life of Clara Barton. New York: Macmillan Company, 1915. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Henle, Ellen Langenheim. "Against the Fearful Odds: Clara Barton and American Philanthropy." Ph.D. dissertation. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, 1977.
  • Henle, Ellen Langenheim. "Clara Barton, Soldier or Pacifist?" Civil War History 24, no. 2 (June 1978): 152-160. LC catalog record.
  • Parramore, Thomas C. "The Bartons of Bartonsville." North Carolina Historical Review 51, no. 1 (January 1974): 22-40. LC catalog record.
  • Pryor, Elizabeth Brown. Clara Barton: Professional Angel. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987. LC catalog record.
  • Ross, Ishbel. Angel of the Battlefield: The Life of Clara Barton. New York: Harper, 1956. LC catalog record.
  • Sellers, Leila. "Commissioner Charles Mason and Clara Barton," Journal of the Patent Office Society 22, no. 11 (November 1940): 803-827. LC catalog record.
  • Spiegel, Allen D. "The Role of Gender, Phrenology, Discrimination and Nervous Prostration in Clara Barton's Career." Journal of Community Health 20, no. 6, (December 1995): 501-526. LC catalog record.
  • United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Library. Memorial to Clara Barton. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1917. LC catalog record.
  • United States. National Park Service. Clara Barton National Historic Site: Historic Structure Report. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Historic Architecture Program, National Capitol Region, 2004. LC catalog record.
  • United States. National Park Service. Clara Barton National Historic Site, Maryland. Washington, D.C.: Division of Publications, National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1981. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • United States. National Park Service. Clara Barton National Historic Site, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Maryland. Brochure. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 2008. LC catalog record, with link to online object. Revised edition, 2010. LC catalog record, with link to online object. Revised edition, 2011. LC catalog record, with link to online object.
  • Weber, Sandra, Katherine Menz, and Diana R. Pardue. Historic Furnishing Plan, Clara Barton House, Clara Barton National Historic Site, Maryland. Harpers Ferry, W.Va.: Harpers Ferry Center, National Park Service, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1983. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Williams, Blanche Colton. Clara Barton, Daughter of Destiny. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1941. LC catalog record.
  • Young, Charles Sumner. Clara Barton: A Centenary Tribute to the World's Greatest Humanitarian. Boston: R. G. Badger, 1922. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External.

Clara Barton, the Civil War, and Medical Care

  • Attie, Jeanie. Patriotic Toil: Northern Women and the American Civil War. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1998. LC catalog record.
  • Atwater, Dorence. A List of the Union Soldiers Buried at Andersonville. Copied from the Official Record in the Surgeon's Office at Andersonville. New York: Tribune Association, 1866. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External and Internet Archive.
  • Bremner, Robert H. The Public Good: Philanthropy and Welfare in the Civil War Era. New York: Knopf, distributed by Random House, 1980. LC catalog record.
  • Brockett, L. P., and Mary C. Vaughan. Woman's Work in the Civil War: A Record of Heroism, Patriotism and Patience. Philadelphia: Zeigler, McCurdy & Co., 1867. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External and Internet Archive.
  • Butler, Benjamin F. Private and Official Correspondence of Gen. Benjamin F. Butler, during the Period of the Civil War. 5 vols. Norwood, Mass.: The Plimpton Press, 1917. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Culpepper, Marilyn Mayer. Trials and Triumphs: Women of the American Civil War. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 1991. LC catalog record.
  • Denney, Robert E. Civil War Medicine: Care and Comfort of the Wounded. New York: Sterling Pub., 1994. LC catalog record.
  • Freemon, Frank R. Gangrene and Glory: Medical Care during the American Civil War. Madison, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press; London, England: Associated University Presses, 1998. LC catalog record. Reprint, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2001. LC catalog record.
  • Graf, Mercedes. On the Field of Mercy: Women Medical Volunteers from the Civil War to the First World War. Amherst, N.Y.: Humanity Books, 2010. LC catalog record.
  • Happel, Ralph. Chatham: The Life of a House. Philadelphia, Pa.: Eastern National Park & Monument Association, 1984. LC catalog record.
  • Hilde, Libra Rose. "Worth a Dozen Men: Women, Nursing, and Medical Care during the American Civil War." Ph.D. dissertation. Harvard University, 2003.
  • Humphreys, Margaret. Marrow of Tragedy: The Health Crisis of the American Civil War. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. LC catalog record.
  • Leech, Margaret. Reveille in Washington, 1860-1865. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1941. LC catalog record. Reprint, Garden City, N.Y.: Garden City Publishing Co., 1945. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External. Reprint, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1971. LC catalog record. Reprint, New York: New York Review Books, 2011. LC catalog record.
  • Long, Lisa A. Rehabilitating Bodies: Health, History, and the American Civil War. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. LC catalog record.
  • Marvel, William. Andersonville: The Last Depot. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1994. LC catalog record.
  • Massey, Mary Elizabeth. Bonnet Brigades. New York: Knopf, 1966. LC catalog record. Reprinted as Women in the Civil War. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1994. LC catalog record.
  • Oates, Stephen B. A Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War. New York: Free Press, 1994. LC catalog record.
  • Rable, George C. Fredericksburg! Fredericksburg! Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2002. LC catalog record.
  • Schultz, Jane E. "Between Scylla and Charybdis: Clara Barton's Wartime Odyssey." Minerva 14, no. 3 (December 1996): 45-68. LC catalog record.
  • Schultz, Jane E. "The Inhospitable Hospital: Gender and Professionalism in Civil War Medicine." Signs 17, no. 2 (Winter 1992): 363-392. LC catalog record.
  • Schultz, Jane E. Women at the Front: Hospital Workers in Civil War America. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004. LC catalog record.
  • Scott, Gary. "Clara Barton's Civil War Apartments." Washington History 13, no. 1 (Spring/Summer, 2001): 24-31. LC catalog record.
  • Sears, Stephen W. Landscape Turned Red: The Battle of Antietam. New Haven, Conn.: Ticknor & Fields, 1983. LC catalog record. Reprint, Norwalk, Conn.: Easton Press, 1988. LC catalog record.
  • Silber, Nina. Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2005. LC catalog record.
  • Smith, Nina B. "Men and Authority: The Union Army Nurse and the Problem of Power." Minerva 6, no. 4 (December 1988): 25-41. LC catalog record.
  • Smith, Nina Bennett. "The Women Who Went to the War: The Union Army Nurse in the Civil War." Ph.D. dissertation. Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 1981.
  • United States. Congress. Joint Committee on Reconstruction. Report of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction, at the First Session, Thirty-ninth Congress. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1866. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • United States. Surgeon-General's Office. The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion (1861-65). Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1870-1888. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Wood, Ann Douglas. "The War Within a War: Women Nurses in the Union Army." Civil War History 18, no. 3 (September 1972): 197-212. LC catalog record.
  • Ziparo, Jessica. "'This Grand Experiment': Women Enter the Federal Workforce in Civil War Era Washington." Ph.D. dissertation. The Johns Hopkins University, 2012.

American Red Cross and Disaster Relief

  • American National Red Cross. America's Relief Expedition to Asia Minor under the Red Cross. Meriden, Conn.: Journal Publishing Company, 1896. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External and Internet Archive.
  • Ardalan, Christine. "Clara Barton's 1898 Battles in Cuba: A Reexamination of Her Nursing Contributions." Florida Atlantic Comparative Studies Journal 12 (2010-2011). Available online in PDF format External.
  • Bland, Robert D. "'A Grim Memorial of Its Thorough Work of Devastation and Desolation': Race and Memory in the Aftermath of the 1893 Sea Island Storm." The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era 17, no. 2 (April 2018): 297-316. LC catalog record.
  • Caldwell, Shirley W. "'God Help Them All and So Must We': Clara Barton, Reverend John Brown, and Drought Relief Efforts, 1886-1887." Southwestern Historical Quarterly 106, no. 4 (April 2003): 507-530. LC catalog record.
  • Cirillo, Vincent J. Bullets and Bacilli: The Spanish-American War and Military Medicine. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2004. LC catalog record.
  • Curti, Merle. American Philanthropy Abroad: A History. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1963. LC catalog record. Reprint, New Brunswick, N.J.: Transaction Books, 1988. LC catalog record.
  • Davies, Gareth. "The Emergence of a National Politics of Disaster, 1865-1900." Journal of Policy History: JPH 26, no. 3 (July 2014): 305-326. LC catalog record.
  • Dock, Lavinia L., et. al. History of American Red Cross Nursing. New York: Macmillan Company, 1922. LC catalog record.
  • Doolittle, Laura M. The Red Cross. Its Origin, International Character, Development and History. Washington, D.C.: American National Red Cross, 1895. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Dulles, Foster Rhea. The American Red Cross, a History. New York: Harper, 1950. LC catalog record. Reprint, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1971. LC catalog record.
  • Goodman, Abram Vossen. "Adolphus S. Solomons and Clara Barton: A Forgotten Chapter in the Early Years of the American Red Cross." American Jewish Historical Quarterly 59, no. 3 (March 1970): 331-356. LC catalog record.
  • Hutchinson, John F. Champions of Charity: War and the Rise of the Red Cross. Boulder, Colo.: Westview Press, 1996. LC catalog record.
  • Irwin, Julia. Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation's Humanitarian Awakening. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 2013. LC catalog record.
  • Jones, Marian Moser. The American Red Cross from Clara Barton to the New Deal. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. LC catalog record.
  • Jones, Marian Moser. "Confronting Calamity: The American Red Cross and the Politics of Disaster Relief, 1881-1939." Ph.D. dissertation. Columbia University, 2008.
  • Jones, Marian Moser. "Race, Class and Gender Disparities in Clara Barton's Late Nineteenth-Century Disaster Relief." Environment and History 17, No. 1 (February 2011): 107-131. LC catalog record.
  • Kernodle, Portia. The Red Cross Nurse in Action, 1882-1948. New York: Harper, 1949. LC catalog record.
  • Larson, Erik. Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History. New York: Crown Publishers, 1999. LC catalog record.
  • McGraw, Charles. "'The Intervention of a Friendly Power': The Transnational Migration of Women's Work and 1898 Imperial Imagination." Journal of Women's History 19, no. 3 (Fall 2007): 137-149, 151-160, 233. LC catalog record.
  • McCullough, David. The Johnstown Flood. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1968. LC catalog record. Reprint, 1987. LC catalog record. Reprint, 2004. LC catalog record.
  • Senn, Nicholas. Medico-surgical Aspects of the Spanish American War. Chicago: American Medical Association Press, 1900. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Shealy, Gwendolyn C. A Critical History of the American Red Cross, 1882-1945: The End of Noble Humanitarianism. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2003. LC catalog record.
  • Terrie, Philip G. "'The Necessities of the Case': The Response to the Great Thumb Fire of 1881." Michigan Historical Review 31, no. 2 (Fall, 2005): 90-116. LC catalog record.
  • United States. National Park Service. Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Pennsylvania. Brochure with map. Washington, D.C.: National Park Service, 1983. LC catalog record, with link to online object. Revised editions available for 1988, 1993, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2008.
  • Washburne, E. B. Elihu Washburne: The Diary and Letters of America's Minister to France during the Siege and Commune of Paris. Edited by Michael Hill. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2012. LC catalog record.
  • Washburne, E. B. Recollections of a Minister to France, 1869-1877. 2 vols. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1887. LC catalog record. Available online through HathiTrust External and the Library of Congress. Reprint, New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1889. LC catalog record.
  • Wilson, Ann Marie. "Taking Liberties Abroad: American and the International Humanitarian Advocacy, 1821-1914." Ph.D. dissertation. Harvard University, 2010.
  • American Red Cross. Website External. Brief histories of Clara Barton External and the American Red Cross External can be accessed online, as well as a blog External about American Red Cross history.
  • Andersonville National Historic Site, National Park Service, Andersonville, Ga. Website. Includes a page on Clara Barton and Andersonville.
  • Antietam National Battlefield, National Park Service, Sharpsburg, Md. Website. Includes a page on Clara Barton at Antietam.
  • Chronicling America, digitized historic American newspapers, available online through the Library of Congress.
  • Clara Barton Birthplace Museum, North Oxford, Mass. Website External.
  • Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum, Washington, D.C. Website External.
  • Clara Barton National Historic Site, National Park Service, Glen Echo, Md. Website External. A virtual tour of site available is online, as is an essay in PDF format on the jewelry, awards and decorations received by Clara Barton (most of which are part of the Clara Barton Papers at the Library of Congress) is available online in PDF format.
  • Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park, National Park Service, Fredericksburg, Va. Website. The site includes pages on Chatham Manor (known as Lacy House during the Civil War), and Clara Barton's work at Chatham.
  • "A Guide to the Spanish-American War." Library of Congress web guide.
  • National Museum of Civil War Medicine, Frederick, Md. Website External. Website includes an online keyword searchable database of Barton's rolls of missing men External.
  • Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress. Available online. The site offers a number of photographs and illustrations of, including, or related to Clara Barton.
  • "The World of 1898: The Spanish-American War," Hispanic Division, Library of Congress Website.

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