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Guide to the Southern Famine Relief Commission Records
1867-1868 (bulk 1867)
  MS 2430

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Jan Hilley

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on August 12, 2014
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The Southern Famine Relief Commission Records include correspondence, business records and newspaper clippings that describe the establishment of the Commission, its internal workings and its accomplishments. Similar organizations engaged in parallel activities are also mentioned, as are entities such as the provisional government officials in the South, and the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. The material dates from January, 1867 through January, 1868, with the bulk of the items falling between late January and the end of September, 1867.

The collection details the actions of the Southern Famine Relief Commission. It also provides a clear image of portions of the South immediately following the Civil War. Of particular significance are first-person narratives contained in the many pleas for assistance, and numerous newspaper articles reflecting difficulties faced during the early days of Reconstruction and expressing the attitudes and opinions of a wide variety of people.

The materials in this collection have been digitized and are available online to on-site researchers and to users affiliated with subscribing institutions via EBSCOhost.


Most of the material is arranged chronologically. See the series descriptions for specific details.

This collection is organized into four series:

  1. Series I. Correspondence and Papers
  2. Series II. Commission Business Records
  3. Series III. Letter Books and Letter Register
  4. Series IV. Newspaper Clippings