The Elden E. "Josh" Billings Civil War Fund was established in 1996 for the continued acquisition of Civil War books, publications, and manuscripts to support Special Collections. Purchases with these funds include original diaries, correspondence, and ephemera, as well as books, speeches, and pamphlets on slavery, regimental histories/reunions, and southern states in the Civil War.
In addition, Elden E. Billings donated over 4,000 volumes and an extensive collection of Civil War-related memorabilia, personal research, and manuscript items. A partial inventory of publications is available on the Special Collections website. A finding aid to the Elden E. Billings collection is also available.