Sheldon R. Curtiss Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Curtiss, Sheldon R.
Sheldon R. Curtiss papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet , 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Sheldon R. Curtiss born April 22, 1839 in Ohio. He enlisted in the 6th Michigan Cavalry on October 11, 1862. He served in Virginia before his capture by Confederates in 1864. He mustered out October 10, 1865 at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

He died February 9, 1924 in Saranac, Michigan.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of two copies of a published transcript of the Civil War diary kept by Sheldon R. Curtiss, a native of Saranac, Michigan. His diary describes army life as well as his experiences as a prisoner in Libby Prison and at Andersonville. The diary edited by his youngest daughter Evelyn Curtiss Lowrey, was originally published in the Ionia County News.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections April 1970

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  March 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Harvey H. Lowrey, 1969-12-24.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Andersonville Prison.
  • Libby Prison.
  • United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 19th century.
  • United States. Army. Michigan Cavalry Regiment, 6th (1862-1865).

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Prisoners and prisons

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Collection Inventory


Paper (Printed Copies) 1862-1864