Colonial and Revolutionary War History Links

Revolution / Early  US Republic

Adams Family Papers 
Digital images and transcriptions of the correcpondence of John and Abigail Adams, 1762-1801, and the diary of John Adams, 1753-1804, are offered by the Massachusetts Historical Society.

American Archives, Documents of the American Revolution
Printer Peter Force devoted sixteen years to collecting thousands of pamphlets, booklets, and newspaper articles pertaining to the “Origin, Settlement, and Progress of the Colonies in North America” from the Revolutionary Era in order to preserve them for future generations. This set of nine large volumes entitled American Archives (and now digitized) contains the only surviving copies of many important documents.

The American Founding Era Collection is made available by the University of Virginia and cooperating institutions and offers digital editions of the papers of major figures of the early republic, and presents all material from the published volumes, including editorial annotations and careful transcriptions of hundreds of thousands of documents, in a fully searchable online environment. Included in this collection are:

American Journeys
This digital library and learning center contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada in AD1000 to the diaries of mountain men in the Rockies 800 years later.

The American Revolution
The British Library tells the story of the American Revolution and the loss of Britain’s North American colonies during the eighteenth century using images from their collection.

The American Revolution from Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Read, listen and see images about the war, the philosophy, the material culture, and the people who lived through the Revolution in America.

Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution
This Gale/InfoTrac database of the American Revolution digital collection contains official correspondence, personal letters, collected writings of key figures, political speeches, memoirs and narratives of soldiers and civilians, histories, and biographies. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance).

American State Papers, 1789-1817
Legislative and executive documents, many originating from the important period between 1789 and the beginning of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set in 1817. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance)

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 – Present.
Search by name, state, or year for brief biographical information.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional documents and Debates, 1774-1875.
The records of the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the United States Congress make up a rich documentary history of the construction of the nation and the development of the federal government and its role in the national life.

Company of Military Historians
An educational, scientific, and literary institution devoted to the study and dissemination of “information on the uniforms, equipment, history, and traditions of members of the Armed Forces of the United States worldwide and other nations serving in the Western Hemisphere.”

Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789
The surviving correspondence of the 344 delegates who attended the Continental Congresses during and after the American Revolution.

Journals of the Continental Congress
The Journals of the Continental Congress are the records of the daily proceedings of the Congress — the First Continental Congress met from September 5 to October 26, 1774; the Second Continental Congress from May 10, 1775, to March 2, 1789.

Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 
Full-text books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the distinguished bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance)

The First American West: The Ohio River Valley 1750-1820
15,000 pages of original historical material documenting the land, peoples, exploration, and transformation of the trans-Appalachian West from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century.

Footnote History and Genealogy Archives
A database primary source documents of American history,18th-20th centuries, that can be searched or browsed. Special sections include the Revolutionary War Archives, the African American Archives, and the Native American Archives. (CWF users only; Contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Fourth of July Celebrations Database
This database brings together in one source selected examples of Fourth of July celebrations that have occurred throughout our nation’s history from 1776 to the present. The goal is to capture a slice of the American cultural tradition–its pageantry, spectacle, music, and symbol in order to enhance our understanding of the American character and heritage.

France in America
Explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the sixteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century and includes maps from the Rochambeau collection.

A New Nation : The Thomas Addis Emmet Collection of Illustrations Relating to the American Revolution and Early United States History
Several thousand original prints, drawings, watercolors, and printed book illustrations from the New York Public Library.

A New Nation Votes: American Election Returns, 1787-1825
The American Antiquarian Society co-sponsors this database that includes all 25 states and territories that existed during the period and involves all offices from the Federal to the local levels: This includes Presidential elections, Town clerk elections and everything in between!

Online Library of Liberty
Sponsored by the Liberty Fund, Inc., a private, educational foundation, this online collection contains 440 authors and 1394 titles from ancient times to the twentieth century. Offerings from the writings of the founding fathers as well as those philosophers who influenced them and some women’s writing (for instance, Mercy Otis Warren’s 1805 publication, “History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution”) are included.

Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive
The University of Virginia offers over 1,700 electronic texts by or to Jefferson as well as writings about Jefferson. Included is the Jeffersonian Cyclopedia with the added feature of searching for quotations by keyword.

Thomas Jefferson, an Exhibit from the Library of Congress
The exhibit on Jefferson’s extraordinary written legacy traces his intellectual development from his earliest days in the Piedmont to an ever-expanding realm of influence in republican Virginia, the American Revolutionary government, the creation of the American nation, and the revolution in individual rights in America and the world.

Thomas Jefferson Papers: An Electronic Archive
The Massachusetts Historical Society presents manuscripts from their collection. Among them are a draft of the Declaration of IndependenceNotes on the State of Virginia, Jefferson’s Farm Book, 1774-1824, Garden Book, 1766-1824, catalogs of books and architectural drawings. Searchable transcriptions are available for the Farm Book, Garden Book and Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress
Documents digitized include correspondence, commonplace books, financial account books, and manuscript volumes ranging in date from 1606 to 1827.

The Marquis de Lafayette Collection
The microfilm collection of Lafayette is described in detail and selected documents have been translated and transcribed, including his description of the battle of Yorktown.

Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1800
Thousands of articles, editorials, letters, news items and advertisements cover the Western Hemisphere, from the Canadian Maritime Provinces, through the West Indies and North and South America, giving a detailed glimpse of issues and lifestyles of the times. (CWF users only; Contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Pictorial Americana. The Revolution.
Selected images from the collections of the Library of Congress.

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
Archives Center — National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C. The ACAH collection includes hundreds of collections of manuscripts and visual, magnetic and electronic documents related to the mission of the National Museum of American History, especially the history of advertising, history of technology, and social and cultural history.

Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800
Fire destroyed the War Department office in 1800. For decades historians believed that its files had been lost forever. This collection includes 55,000 documents on Indian affairs, veteran affairs, naval affairs (until 1798), as well as militia and army matters.

George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress
Washington, D.C., approximately 147,000 images online.

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799
All 38 volumes of John C. Fitzpatrick’s 1931-44 edition are reproduced by the University of Virginia.

Colonial America

America: History and Life
Indexes over 2,000 historical journals published worldwide. Approximately 16,000 new entries are added each year. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance)

American Journeys
This digital library and learning center contains more than 18,000 pages of eyewitness accounts of North American exploration, from the sagas of Vikings in Canada

American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920
253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American people, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920. Includes journals by Philip Fithian, Nicholas Cresswell, Andrew Bumaby and Newton Mereness, visitors to Colonial Virginia.

American Women’s History: A Research Guide
Provides citations to print and Internet reference sources, as well as to selected large primary source collections. The guide also provides information about the tools researchers can use to find additional books, articles, dissertations, and primary sources.

America’s Historical Imprints
Search simultaneously: Early American Imprints Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 and Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800
Full-text books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the renowned bibliography by Charles Evans – the definitive resource for information about every aspect of life in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century America, from agriculture and auctions through foreign affairs, diplomacy, literature, music, religion, the Revolutionary War, temperance, witchcraft, and just about any other topic imaginable.

Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819 
Full-text books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the distinguished bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker.

America’s Historical Newspapers, Series I & II, 1690-1876 
Hundreds of historic newspapers listed in Clarence Brigham’s authoritative bibliography and in additional subsequent bibliographies. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

The Avalon Project : 18th-Century Documents
Yale University Law School, New Haven Connecticut, mounts digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.

Commonplace
Common-place is a common place for exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture. A bit friendlier than a scholarly journal, a bit more scholarly than a popular magazine, Common-place speaks—and listens—to scholars, museum curators, teachers, hobbyists, and just about anyone interested in American history before 1900.

Diary, Correspondence, and Papers of Robert “King” Carter of Virginia, 1701-1732
The richest and most important Virginian of his day, Carter was active in government and corresponded widely both within the colony and with merchants in England. Read the transcriptions of his surviving papers in this ongoing project.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online from the Library and Archives of Canada
Search for persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years.

Do History
An experimental, interactive case study based on the research that went into the book and film A Midwife’s Tale, which were both based upon the remarkable 200-year-old diary of midwife/healer Martha Ballard.

Documenting the American South
This huge digital library includes the beta release of “The Colonial and State Records of North Carolina” digital collection.

Early Americas Digital Archive
A a collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820.

The First American West: The Ohio River Valley 1750-1820
15,000 pages of original historical material documenting the land, people, exploration, and transformation of the trans-Appalachian West from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century.

Fold3 / Footnote
A database of free and subscription primary source documents that can be searched or browsed. Collections include Revolutionary War Pensions and Service Records. Collections include Passport Applications, Naturalization Records and Revolutionary War Pensions and Service Records.

Papers of Benjamin Franklin
Browse by date or name in this database sponsored by The American Philosophical Society and Yale University. The Rockefeller Library owns the volumes, as well.

Historic Native American Vocabularies and Word Lists Database
Compiled from the ever-expanding catalog of our American Language Reprint (ALR) series, The Interactive ALR offers a growing 12,000 word linguistic database and powerful search capabilities and represents 400 years of linguistic data, and over 40 languages scattered throughout more than 70 different documents.

History E-Book Project
American Council of Learned Societies sponsors this database of over 3000 full-text scholarly historical studies. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance)

Louisbourg Institute / Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
This once thriving seaport and capital of Ile Royale (Cape Breton Island) was one of France’s key centres of trade and military strength in the eighteenth century. The English / French website includes a technical forum on reconstructed eighteenth century sites and searchable databases of their research library holdings.

Maryland. Early State Records Online.
The Early State Records Series, a microfilm edition filmed and edited by William Sumner Jenkins and his staff for the Library of Congress, is the starting point for images of the original legislative, executive, and judicial records through ca. 1830.

American Ancestors
The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, offers primary and secondary sources, including the Virginia Genealogist (vols 1-45; 1957-2001). (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1800
Accessible Archives offers historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, and commerce as seen through advertisements. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Plymouth Colony Archive Project at the University of Virginia
A collection of fully searchable texts, including: court records, colony laws, seventeenth century journals and memoirs, probate inventories, wills, town plans, maps, and fort plans; research and seminar analyses of numerous topics; biographical profiles of selected colonists; and architectural, archaeological and material culture studies.

South Carolina Gazette, 1732-1780
(Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance).

William and Mary Quarterly
1892-2001. Browse or search the full text of the journal through JSTOR.

History Cooperative offers text to the more recent issues. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance).

Yale Indian Papers Project
This scholarly critical edition of New England Native American primary source materials explores 400 years of New England Native American history, community, culture, sovereignty, land, gender, race, identity, migration, law, and politics.

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