Gettysburg National Military Park maintains a library of books and manuscripts relative to the American Civil War, the Gettysburg Campaign, dedication of the Soldiers' National Cemetery, and the development, interpretation, and administration of Gettysburg National Military Park. Library holdings include books, bound volumes, vertical files, manuscripts, limited photographs, maps, microfilm and audio-visual materials. Within our collection are a number of rare first edition regimental histories, campaign studies, and memoirs.
The Library Reading Room is open for public research by appointment only except for days listed below. Appointments should be made at least twenty four hours in advance. Researchers are required to sign in when visiting the facility. Laptop computers, digital cameras, notebook paper, and pencils are welcome but personal files and paper collections are not allowed without pre-arrangement with library staff. The reading room has a copy machine for the use of researchers that also has scanning capability. To reduce paper usage, we recommend that researchers bring a jump drive with them to save copies as pdf files on their individual drives.
Gettysburg National Military Park
Phone: (717) 338-4424 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST)
DATES THE LIBRARY IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR RESEARCH
The Library and Research Center is closed on Federal holidays and weekends. The library will not be available for appointments on these dates in 2020*:
LIBRARY VERTICAL FILE & ARCHIVAL BOX COLLECTIONS
The park Library and Research Center is organized into collections by subject matter and sorted by volume, source of the materials, collections, and the kind of materials that are housed for research. Our main two systems are the Vertical File Drawer Collection and the Archival Box Collection, the latter subdivided into collections donated to the park by researchers and authors. To view the indexes of these collections, please visit our LIBRARY RESOURCE GUIDE.
FINDING YOUR CIVIL WAR ANCESTOR
Looking for information about an ancestor who may have served during the Civil War? Follow the link above for suggestions on how to locate service records, unit histories and the like, related to that special ancestor who wore the blue or the gray during the Civil War.
GETTYSBURG & ADAMS COUNTY HISTORY
The park library does not maintain census records, genealogical or land ownership records of Gettysburg and Adams County residents outside of the battlefield district. For information on the history of this county and the residents who inhabited the area, researchers should contact the Adams County Historical Society at www.achs-pa.org.
Last updated: March 17, 2020