Collaborative Digital Project – Civil War Era

ASERL’s Cooperative Digitization Project “Civil War in the American South” Primary Source Materials from the Region’s Leading Research Libraries Focusing on Materials Published between 1850 – 1865

ASERL libraries are digitizing 5,000 new items published between 1850 and 1865 drawn from across the consortium, as one method of commemorating the sesquicentennial of the start of the American Civil War. The newly-digitized items reside on servers at the library that owns the original item and cataloged on WorldCat. ASERL has partnered with the University of Georgia Library to develop a centralized portal that will allow searching the combined metadata via a single interface. See for the public interface for the project.

Scanning and Metdata Specifications for this project are available here.

How ASERL Members Can Participate in this Project

Step 1.  Scan your materials and create metadata for them, in accordance with the project’s scanning guidelines and metadata specifications (see above.)

Step 2. Once you’ve completed scanning your materials and creating the metadata, please let the production team know that your content is ready to be harvested into the portal by filling out the ASERL Submission Form ( A project team member will be in touch with you about your submission.

Please contact John Burger (ASERL Executive Director) with any questions about this project.