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EDWIN C. FISHEL PAPERS

The Edwin C. Fishel Papers contain research material generated by Civil War historian Edwin C. Fishel for his book "The Secret War for the Union: The Untold Story of Military Intelligence in the Civil War." Of note is correspondence between Fishel and noted Civil War historians, such as Bruce Catton, James M. McPherson, and Stephen W. Sears. Also, Fishel's extensive subject files on a variety of topics are retained. In addition, drafts of Fishel's masterpiece are preserved, and copies of his published articles on Civil War military intelligence are present. The collection is contained in 25 boxes (35.5 l.f.).

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: A native of Alliance, Ohio, Edwin C. Fishel moved to Washington, D.C. during World War II while serving with the Army Signal Intelligence Service. After the war, he remained as a civilian with the government codes and cipher organizations. From 1947 to 1968, he worked for the National Security Agency. Thereafter until his retirement in 1972, he worked at the National Cryptologic School Press. Fishel's book "The Secret War for the Union" (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1996) was a landmark in Civil War intelligence history. Fishel wrote a number of articles on Civil War military intelligence. He also performed in a jazz band and lectured on jazz. Edwin C. Fishel died on February 11, 1999, in Arlington, Virginia, at the age of 84. [Source: "Washington Post" 15 February 1999, p. B7.]

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SERIES SYNOPSIS:

Series 1 - Correspondence

Series 2 - Subject Files

Series 3 - Manuscripts Series

4 - Xeroxed Documents Series

5 - Printed Materials Series

6 - Note Cards Series

7 - Photographs

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ACCESSION DATA:

Status: Open. Photocopying Permitted.

Provenance: Gift of Mrs. Edwin C. Fishel, March 2003.

Processed by Scott S. Taylor, August 2003.

BULK DATES: 1980 - 1990
SPAN DATES: 1918 - 1999

EXTENT: 25 boxes (35.5 l.f.)

SERIES


SERIES: 1. Correspondence


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains correspondence between Edwin C. Fishel and others, including Civil War historians. Arranged alphabetically by last name of correspondent.

SERIES: 2. Subject Files


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains subject files generated by Edwin C. Fishel for his Civil War research. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

SERIES: 3. Manuscripts


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains manuscripts written by Edwin C. Fishel, mostly drafts of his book "Secret War for the Union." Arranged generally in order of chapters of his book..

SERIES: 4. Xeroxed Documents


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains xeroxed documents collected by Edwin C. Fishel in the course of his Civil War research. Arranged in order he had them organized in binders.

SERIES: 5. Printed Materials


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains printed materials found among the Edwin C. Fishel Papers. Arranged alphabetically by subject.

SERIES: 6. Note Cards


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains note cards generated by Edwin C. Fishel as notes for his Civil War research.

SERIES: 7. Photographs


SERIES DESCRIPTION: Contains photographs found among papers of Edwin C. Fishel. Arranged in rough alphabetical order by subject.

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