Oliver R. McNary collection
This collection of personal papers include materials gathered by McNary on the treatment and exchange of Union prisoners during the Civil War.
- 1803 - 1955
- McNary, Oliver R., 1823-1895 (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
No access restrictions.
Conditions Governing Use
Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.
Biography of Oliver McNary
Oliver McNary enlisted in the 12th Pennsylvania Infantry in 1861 as a private. By the end of the Civil War he was mustered out with the rank of First Lieutenant in the 103rd Pennsylvania Infantry. In the course of the war he was captured and sent to Andersonville Prison in Georgia, later to be transferred to Macon, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina, and Columbia, South Carolina. While a prisoner of war McNary kept a diary.
.75 Linear Feet (2 document cases + 2 volumes)
Scope and Contents
This collection of personal papers include materials gathered by McNary on the treatment and exchange of Union prisoners during the Civil War. There are several manuscript accounts of prison life submitted to McNary by members of the National Association of Union Ex-Prisoners of War, for which McNary was historian. He also served as the Kansas state vice-president for the Association in the late 1880s. In addition, there is family correspondence, a genealogy, clippings, and six photographs of McNary in his military uniform and other members of the McNary family.
The collection is arranged in one box as follows: Correspondence, 1853-1895, undated; Documents, Prisoner of War narratives (alphabetical); Family correspondence (1890-1932); Genealogy and other materials (1803-1955). Photographs have been physically separated and are located at RH MS-P 42; two diaries kept by McNary during and directly after his time as a prisoner of war are located at RH MS A9.
Correspondents in the collection include Thomas H. Copern, John P. Coore, Jesse Hawes, William Kelley, Jr., W.P. McClure, B.C. McWilliams, C.D. Nichols, T.J. Pattee, Hueston Smith, and J.C. Wagoner.
RH MS 42
RH MS-P 42
RH MS A9
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, James E. Brink, 1967.
- Georgia -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- McNary family
- National Association of Union Ex-Prisoners of War
- South Carolina -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons
- Guide to the Oliver R. McNary Collection
- Oliver R. McNary collection
- Finding aid prepared by lgg, December 20, 1974. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by skt, 2010; mwh, 2019.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.
- Finding aid permalink
- Preferred citation
Oliver R. McNary collection, RH MS 42, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.