The John K. and Ruth Hulston Civil War Research Library is housed in the Wilson's Creek Visitor Center complex. The library includes around 15,000 cataloged books and other items such as regimental histories for many Civil War units.
New Winter Hours
– Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield has announced that the battlefield’s Civil War research library will be open by appointment only, until further notice of regular scheduled hours.
History and Holdings
Wilson's Creek National Battlefield founded the John K. and Ruth Hulston Civil War Research Library in 1985, and dedicated a new library building in April 2003. Springfield attorney John K. Hulston and his wife Ruth donated the core of the library collection. Currently, the library contains more than 12,000 items, most of which are related to the Civil War period and the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi Theater.
All library items are non-circulating, but are available for on-site use. Some items are accessible digitally via sites such as the Internet Archive and HathiTrust Digital Library. Hulston Library catalog records include digital links to online resources, when available. (See link below to NPS LIBRIS Discovery search portal.)
Staff members are able to perform limited research for patrons by regular mail, e-mail, telephone or in person.
To search for Civil War research resources available through the Hulston Library:
Extensive research on a particular topic should be done in person when possible. Appointments are recommended at this time for research.
Appointments can be made by contacting Museum Curator Jeff Patrick at (417) 732-2662 ext. 224 or by email at Jeffrey_patrick@nps.gov.
Resources for Genealogy & Other Research
Last updated: January 25, 2022