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HIST 150: Dis/Ability in American History

Government Resources

I.  Civil War records from the Virginia Memory Project:

As part of their Virginia Memory project, the Library of Virginia in Richmond has digitized these two sources:

    1. Confederate Pension Rolls to the Board of Commissioners on Artificial Limbs from injured soldiers.

    2. Confederate Disability Applications, pension applications and amended applications filed by resident Virginia Confederate veterans and their widows.


II.  Laws, Congressional hearings, and other Government Documents:


U. S. Statutes at Large in print (included in HeinOnline -- see link below)

Shelved in Swem Library's Government Documents Reference Stacks (1st floor, Government Documents area) at KF50 (1851-1859).   Text of the laws as passed year by year by Congress. 


United States Decennial Census Volumes in print

Shelved in the Swem Library Government Documents Reference Area in the aisles marked GOV DOC CENSUS.

Note:  19th century U. S. census volumes used language like "defective, dependent, and delinquent classes" for persons with disabilities.  The "Tenth Census of the United States 1880" [shelved in the Government Documents Census aisles at HA201 1880 .B1]  Volume 21 includes a lengthy introductory essay, pages VII - LV.