The E. B. Long Papers, 1949-1981, consist of thirty-four boxes occupying
approximately forty feet of shelf space. Included in them are personal
correspondence, manuscripts by Mr. Long and others, articles, booklets,
essays, clippings, photocopies, research notes, maps, brochures, and photographs.
The papers reflect Mr. Long's successful career as a Civil War historian
and are in very good condition for the most part.
While most of the materials in this collection are dated in the
twentieth century, there are several original Civil War documents of the
nineteenth century. Of further interest are the drafts of Allan Nevins' Ordeal of the Union which were edited by E. B. Long and the nine
long boxes of Mr. Long's research notes on the Civil War.
The papers have been divided into the following categories: personal
correspondence, manuscripts by Mr. Long, manuscripts by others, general
files covering a wide range of subjects, drafts of Allan Nevins' Ordeal
of the Union, research notes on the Civil War, index card files of
articles, and miscellaneous volumes of clippings. The correspondence is
arranged both chronologically for general correspondence and alphabetically
for correspondence with specific individuals, resulting in some overlapping
of dates. Other materials in the collection are arranged either chronologically
or alphabetically depending on the nature of the information.