About the Pearce Civil War Collection

The Pearce Civil War Collection, a collection of over 7,000 items housed in the , facilitates research on all aspects of the United States Civil War. The collection includes a limited number of antebellum and Reconstruction era materials. Portions of the collection are on display in the , which is open Monday through Friday 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. and Satruday 12 noon to 4 P.M. For More information, please check the . Access to items in archival storage is by appointment only. Please contact the for details.

Coverage, Depth, Content

The Pearce Civil War Collection is a balanced collection documenting the northern and southern experience of the Civil War as well as its leaders, common soldiers, and residents. Included are letters from major military, political, and civic leaders as well as diaries and letters of the common soldier. Materials in the collection describe the gruesome realities of combat and the desperate loneliness of soldiers in their letters to beloved parents, siblings, and friends.

Materials are acquired for the collection through purchase and donation. Acquisition decisions are made by the Archivist and the Dean of Learning Resources and Special Collections along with members of the Pearce Collections committee. is available from this website.

Making an Inquiry

We welcome inquiries by e-mail, phone, letter, fax, or in person. The collections are open and available to researchers agreeing to abide by the established for use of the materials. Our is available online.

We provide requested information as quickly as possible (usually within 14 to 28 days). Please keep in mind that we receive many requests every week and that we have a small staff. We respond to requests for photocopies or research in the order in which they are received by us.

Please make your requests as specific as possible. While we make every effort to provide relevant information to patrons who cannot visit the archives to do their own research, the staff cannot undertake extensive research on behalf of individual patrons. The more focused your request, the better service we can provide.

Contact Information

Julie Holcomb, Director of the Pearce Collections Museum
Mail: 3100 W. Collin St., Corsicana, Texas 75110
Phone: (903) 875-7438
Fax: (903) 875-7593
E-mail: julie.holcomb@navarrocollege.edu or archives@navarrocollege.edu

Museum and Archives Hours

The Pearce Civil War Museum and Western Art Collection is open Monday through Friday 10 to 5 and Saturday 12 to 4. Please call (903) 874-1211 or (800) 988-5317 for details.

Appointments are required for on-site research so we can confirm our hours and have material ready for you if you provide us with your topic in advance. If you arrive on campus without an appointment, staff may not be available to assist you or the archives may be closed. Please call (903) 875-7438 to schedule an appointment.

Photocopy policy and photograph reproduction

On-site collection use


Provision of photocopies, photo reproductions, or electronic copies does not constitute permission to publish in print or electronic format. Permission to publish items from our collections must be requested in writing (postal mail or e-mail) and an must be completed prior to publication. We do not charge a use fee for most publications. Please contact the archivist for assistance with publication questions


The copyright of these materials is managed by the Navarro College Archives on behalf of the Navarro College Foundation, 3100 W. Collin St., Corsicana, Texas 75110. Phone: 903-875-7438. Internet: archives@navarrocollege.edu.