MOLLUS is the ALA Digital Library of the Week 12/02/2009

For all you Civil War buffs out there, a feast for your eyes and research:

The Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS) from the Massachusetts Commandery includes some 23,000 Civil War photographs hosted by the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. This collection is considered by historians the single best Civil War photograph collection in the world. A handwritten card catalog helped AHEC develop a searchable database of the online images. The digitization process began in early 2007 and was just opened on the website in November. AHEC has a total of 60,000 other photographs on the Civil War and 1.7 million photographs from the Mexican War to the present.

Source: American Libraries Direct, e-newsletter, December 2, 2009

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.