Primary Sources Online
Unless otherwise noted, the primary sources listed below were written by Clara Barton.
- Clara Barton’s Papers at the Library of Congress
- Notes on Fredericksburg, Virginia, May, 1864
- Letter to her cousin Vira, from Fredericksburg, December 12, 1862 (Page 27)
- Letter giving Barton permission to search for soldiers in Camp Parole, February 24, 1865 (Page 31)
- “A List of the Union Soldiers Buried at Andersonville,” Co-published with Dorence Atwater
- Clara Barton’s Testimony about Andersonville, 1866
- Congressional Reimbursement for her search for Missing Soldiers, March 10, 1866
- The Red Cross of the Geneva Convention. What It Is, 1878
- 1892 poem, “The Women Who Went to the Field”
- 1892 Letters about Russian Relief
- America’s Relief Expedition to Asia Minor under the Red Cross, 1896
- Clara Barton for Women Suffrage, 1898
- Passport Application, May 15, 1869
- Our Work and Observations in Cuba, 1898
- Philanthropy at Johnstown, 1889
- Report of the Seventh International Conference of the Red Cross, 1902
- The Red Cross: A History of This Remarkable International Movement in the Interest of Humanity
- A Story of the Red Cross: Glimpses of Field Work, 1904
- The Red Cross in Peace and War by Clara Barton, Published in 1906
- The Story of My Childhood by Clara Barton, Published in 1907
Primary Sources Offline
- 1866 Lecture at the Library of Congress
- Clara Barton Papers, 1812-1912, at the Andover-Harvard Theological Library
- Clara Barton Papers, 1822-1982, in the Sophia Smith Collection at Smith College
- Ardalan, Christine. “Clara Barton’s 1898 Battles in Cuba: A Reexamination of her Nursing Contributions.” Florida Atlantic Comparative Studies Journal 12.1 (2010).
- Barton, William E., The Life of Clara Barton: Founder of the American Red Cross. Vols. 1 and 2. Cambridge, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co., 1922.
- Brockett, L.P. and Mary C Vaughn. Women’s Work in the Civil War: A Record of Heroism, Patriotism, and Patience. 1867.
- Buckingham, Clyde, Clara Barton: A Broad Humanity. Alexandria, VA: Mt. Vernon Publishing Co., 1977.
- Epler, Percy H. The Life of Clara Barton. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1915.
- Fishwick, Marshall W., Illustrious Americans: Clara Barton. Morristown, NJ: Silver Burdett Company, 1966.
- Hamilton, Leni, American Women of Achievement: Clara Barton. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1988.
- Henle, Ellen Langenheim. “Clara Barton, Soldier or Pacifist?” Civil War History 24.2 (1978).
- Jones, Marian Moser. The American Red Cross from Clara Barton to the New Deal. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.
- Moore, Frank. Women of the War: Their Heroism and Self-Sacrifice. 1866.
- National Park Service, Handbook 110: Clara Barton. Washington, D.C.: United States Department of the Interior, 1981.
- Oates, Stephen B., A Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War. New York: The Free Press, 1994.
- Pierce, James Wilson. Story of Turkey and Armenia. Baltimore: R.H. Woodward Company, 1896.
- Pryor, Elizabeth Brown, Clara Barton: Professional Angel. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1987.
- Video: Historian Elizabeth Brown Pryor nominates Clara Barton as 1865 Person of the Year
- Ross, Ishbel, Angel of the Battlefield: The Life of Clara Barton. New York: Harper and Row, 1956.
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