Meat and Potatoes: The Reminiscences of Alonzo Davis

In April 1863, the men of the 4th California infantry were hungry. They were posted at Drum Barracks ...

Making Claims

How claims records and other documents serve as historical sources.

A Complicated Man: John Baylor’s Letters to His Family

How could John Baylor have done such terrible thing and simultaneously be so effusively affectionate in his letters home?

Reading the Landscape

For the past two months, I have been on a researching road trip through the West and Southwest—Colorado, ...

Visualizing History

What can visual images tell us about the past? For most historians (who are not art historians), the ...

Finding Your Place in Letters

For scholars of American history, letter-writing makes historical research possible.