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usually preceded by a historical statement. Such statements are followed by bibliographical references (suggestive rather than exhaustive), and the descriptions of records are followed by notations of finding aids, documentary publications, and other pertinent items.
Many records of the Federal Government relate to the Confederacy. These, of course, are described in the present Guide, but records of the Confederacy itself will be described in the companion Guide to the Archives of the Government of the Confederate States of America Every effort has been made to include in this volume all pertinent archives of the Federal Government--to produce a Guide complete and definitive. The records described include those in the National Archives, those in Federal Records Centers, and those in other custody. The last class includes materials still held by Federal agencies other than the National Archives and Records Service as well as official or quasi-official materials on deposit or available elsewhere. In the lack of adequate extant records of a given agency, or when otherwise useful, information about accumulations of private papers is given under Records in Other Custody. Records described under a record group number (for instance, Record Group 94) are in the National Archives unless stated to be in a Federal Records Center. A numerically arranged list of the record groups that contain records described in this Guide is presented as an appendix.
The authors are indebted to many staff members of the National Archives and the Federal Record Centers for invaluable assistance and cooperation in the research. It would be impossible to name them all. The authors are especially grateful, however, for the assistance of Elizabeth Hawthorn Buck, who not only has been their principal editor but has shared much of the research burden. Those who have given the project their clerical support must also go unnamed, but the assistance of Mary Jane Dowd in compiling the index is especially acknowledged. Finally--for his unfailing interest, enthusiastic encouragement, and constructive suggestions-the authors express to Bell Irvin Wiley, member of the national Civil War Centennial Commission and distinguished Civil War historian, their deepfelt gratitude.
Kenneth W. Munden
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