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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Archives, Libraries, and Museums


There are too many archives and libraries with colonial and revolutionary period collections to list all here. Usually any of the original 13 colonies has a state archives and/or a library or university library with a colonial and/or revolutionary collection. Reference librarians can help you identify those most meaningful for your research.

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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Associations, Organizations, and Institutes


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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Audio Resources


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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Background


Sometimes you may need some information to get more familiar with your topic. Below are some materials that can provide background on the colonial and revolutionary periods. The resources listed at American History: Background may be helpful, also. If you need help finding background information, please ask at the Hunt Library reference desk.
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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Biographical Resources


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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Books


Below are resources specifically for the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods. See American History: Books for essential resources on any aspect of American History.

To search for books on the American Revolution in library catalogs, it might be best to use these subject headings:


Reference librarians can help you find appropriate terms for your topic.

  • Coakley, Robert W. The War of the American Revolution: Narrative, Chronology, and Bibliography. Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, U.S. Army: for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1975.
    HUNT STACKS-2 E230 .C62

  • Early English Books Online (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    ca. 1475 to 1700

  • 18th Century Collections Online (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    18th century
    Search or browse images of every page of some 150,000 books published during the 18th century. Fulltext searching enables access to approximately 26 million pages of primary information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.

  • Gephart, Ronald M. Revolutionary America, 1763-1789: A Bibliography. 2 vols. Washington: Library of Congress: for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1984.
    HUNT BSMT Z1238 .G43 1984

  • Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    1500-1926
    Search or browse full text works about the North, Central & South America, the Arctic & Antarctica and the West Indies, published not only in the United States but internationally. This resource offers original accounts of exploration, pioneering, settlement, the western movement, military actions, Native Americans, slavery and abolition. It also covers such topics as American women, cities and states, the Civil War, immigration and politics, etc.

  • U.S. Army Military History Research Collection. Colonial America and the War for Independence. Carlisle Barracks, Pa.: U.S. Army Military History Research Collection; [Washington: for sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off.], 1976.
    HUNT REF-1 D114.14: 14

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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Discussion Lists

  • H-OIEAHC
    Colonial and Early American History
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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Internet Guides


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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Journal and Magazine Articles


Below are resources for finding journal and magazine articles in the colonial and revolutionary periods. The resources listed at American History: Journal and Magazine Articles will be of use as well.
If full text links for journal articles are not provided, click on to see retrieval options. This is only for journal article citations, and may not be available in all databases. Otherwise, use Cameo and the Find e-journal list to see if materials available to you. If they aren't, you can use Illiad, the interlibrary loan service, to obtain the material.

If you need help finding journal articles on your topic, ask the reference staff at the Hunt Library reference desk.

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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Journals


Below are some major journals for research in the colonial and revolutionary periods. To find journal articles on particular topics use the resources at American History: Colonial and Revolutionary Periods: Journal and Magazine Articles or American History: Journal and Magazine Articles. If you need help locating particular journals, please ask at the Hunt reference desk. The journals listed at American History: Journals, may be of interest, too.
  • Early American Studies (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    Full text: v. 4, 2006-present.
    Print: v. 1, 2003-present.
    Continues:
    Explorations in Early American Culture
    Print: v. 4, 2000-v. 5, 2001.
    HUNT JOUR-3

  • New England Quarterly
    Print: ca. 2003-present.
    New England Quarterly (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    Full text: v. 1, 1928- ca. current minus 4 years

  • William and Mary Quarterly (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    v. 58, 2001-present.
    William and Mary Quarterly (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    V. 1, 1892-v. 27, 1919; Second Series: v. 1, 1921-v. 23, 1943; Third Series: v. 1, 1944-ca. v. 57, 2000.
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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Maps


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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Newspapers


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  • Boston Chronicle.
    1767-70
    HL3-Microprint

  • Boston Gazette.
    1719-1789
    HL3-Microprint

  • Censor.
    1771-1772
    HL3-Microprint

  • New York Gazette and Weekly Mercury.
    1752-1783
    HL3-Microfilm

  • Massachussetts Spy.
    1770-1775
    HL3-Microprint

  • Pennsylvania Gazette.
    1728-1789
    HL3-Microfilm

  • 17th-18th Century Burney Collection (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    Search and display the text of 1,000 pamphlets, proclamations, newsbooks and newspapers. Most of the newspapers are from England, Ireland, and Scotland, with a handful from the British colonies in the Americas and Asia. Use the Browse Publications by Location to see newspapers available from the Americas.

  • Times Digital Archive (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    Full text: 1785-1985.
    Search and display the full text of the Times (London)

  • Virginia Gazette.
    1736-80
    HL3-Microfilm
    Browse or Search the Virginia Gazette (Colonial Williamsburg)
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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Pictorial Resources


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  • Grafton, John. The American Revolution: a Picture Sourcebook. New York: Dover Publications, c1975.
    HUNT OVRSZQ-2 E209 .G78 1975

  • United States. Dept. of the Army. Center of Military History. Soldiers of the American Revolution; a Sketchbook. [Washington]: The Center, [1976?].
    HUNT OVRSZQ-4 746.9 U58S
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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Primary Sources


There are too many resources in Hunt Library to list all here. Below is just a sampling of those available. To search for primary sources from the colonial and revolutionary periods in Cameo, type, as keywords, colonial and sources or "united states" and revolution and sources and click on Subject.

See also American History: Primary Sources for resources covering all periods of American History.

  • Adams, John. The Papers of John Adams. Edited by Robert J. Taylor. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1977-
    HUNT STACKS-2 E302 .A26 1977 v. 1-11.

  • American Periodicals Series Online (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    1740-1940

  • American Revolution-A Documentary History (Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy, Yale Law School)

  • The Arthur H. and Mary Marden Dean Lafayette Collection, 1520-1849 (Division of Rare & Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library)

  • Articles of Confederation (The Avalon Project at Yale Law School)

  • Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U. S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1875 (Ameican Memory, Library of Congress)

  • Colonial Charters, Grants and Related Documents (The Avalon Project at Yale Law School)

  • Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789 (American Memory, Library of Congress)

  • Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    1534-1850.
    This database documents the relationships among peoples in North America from 1534 to 1850. The collection focuses on personal accounts and provides unique perspectives from traders, slaves, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, native peoples, and officials, both men and women. The database contains published and unpublished accounts, including narratives, diaries, journals, and letters, amounting to 100,000 pages of text with associated maps and images.

  • Early English Books Online (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    ca. 1475 to 1700

  • 18th Century Documents (The Avalon Project at Yale Law School)

  • 18th Century Collections Online (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    18th century
    Search or browse images of every page of some 150,000 books published during the 18th century. Fulltext searching enables access to approximately 26 million pages of primary information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.

  • Empire Online (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    15th-20th Centuries
    Provides full text access to rare primary sources that covers 5 aspects of the colonial experience. It has a thematic layout spanning Cultural Contracts, Literature of the Empire, Religion, Race, Class, and Imperialism. Materials cover Africa, North and South America, the Caribbean, India, Asia, the Middle East, Australasia and the Islands of Oceania. Materials included are: exploration and journals logs to travel logs, diaries, official government papers, missionary papers, maps, photographs, letter books and correspondence, etc.

  • Franklin, Benjamin. The Papers of Benjamin Franklin. ca. 39 vols. Edited by Leonard W. Labaree. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1959- .
    HUNT STACKS-2 E302 .F82 1959

  • Great Britain. Parliament. Proceedings and Debates of the British Parliaments Respecting North America. 5 vols. Washington, D.C.: The Carnegie institution of Washington, 1924- .
    Request from Offsite via Cameo

  • Hamilton, Alexander. Papers. 27 vols. New York: Columbia University Press, 1961-1973.
    HUNT STACKS-2 E302 .H247 v. 1-27.

  • Jefferson, Thomas. The Republic of Letters: the Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, 1776-1826. 3 vols. New York: Norton, 1995.
    HUNT STACKS-2 E332.88 .M33 1995

  • Journals of the Continental Congress (American Memory, Library of Congress)

  • Kavenagh, W. Keith, ed. Foundations of Colonial America: a Documentary History. 3 vols. New York: Chelsea House, 1973.
    HUNT STACKS-2 JK49 .K38

  • Labaree, Leonard Woods, ed. Royal Instructions to British Colonial Governors, 1670-1776. 2 vols. New York: Octagon Books, 1967 [c1935].
    HUNT STACKS-2 E187 .L62 1967

  • Madison, James. Papers. 17 vols. [Chicago]: University of Chicago Press [1962]-1991.
    HUNT STACKS-2 E302 .M19

  • Madison, James. The Papers of James Madison: Presidential Series. 5 vols. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1983- .
    HUNT STACKS-2 E302 .M19 1983

  • Madison, James. The Papers of James Madison: Secretary of State Series. 7 vols. Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1986-<1993 >.
    HUNT STACKS-2 E302 .M19 1986

  • Mather, Cotton. Diary of Cotton Mather. 2 vols. New York: F. Ungar Pub. Co. [1957?].
    Request from Offsite via Cameo

  • Paine, Thomas. The Life and Works of Thomas Paine. 10 vols. New Rochelle, N.Y.: Thomas Paine National Historical Association, 1925.
    HUNT STACKS-2 JC177 .A3 1925 925

  • Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    1500-1926
    Search or browse full text works about the North, Central & South America, the Arctic & Antarctica and the West Indies, published not only in the United States but internationally. This resource offers original accounts of exploration, pioneering, settlement, the western movement, military actions, Native Americans, slavery and abolition. It also covers such topics as American women, cities and states, the Civil War, immigration and politics, etc.

  • Sewall, Samuel. Samuel Sewall's Diary. New York: Russell & Russell, 1963.
    Request from Offsite via Cameo

  • Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive (Universtiy of Virginia Library)

  • Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606-1827 (American Memory, Library of Congress)

  • United States. Department of State. The Diplomatic correspondence of the American Revolution: being the Letters of Benjamin Franklin, Silas Deane, John Adams, John Jay, Arthur Lee, William Lee, Ralph Izard, Francis Dana, William Carmichael, Henry Laurens, John Laurens, M. de Lafayette, M. Dumas, and others, Concerning the Foreign Relations of the United States during the Whole Revolution: Together with the Letters in Reply from the secret committee of Congress, and the Secretary of Foreign Affairs : also, the Entire Correspondence of the French ministers, Gerard and Luzerne, with Congress: Published under the Direction of the President of the United States, from the Original Manuscripts in the Department of State, Conformably to a Resolution of Congress, of March 27th, 1818. Edited by Jared Sparks. 12 vols. Boston: N. Hale and Gray & Bowen, 1829-1830.
    HUNT DESK-4-NON (nocirc) 973.32 U58D

  • United States. Naval History Division. Naval documents of the American Revolution. Edited by William Bell Clark. 7 vols. Washington: [For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. Govt. Print. Off.] 1964-<76 >.
    HUNT STACKS-2 E271 .U583

  • Washington, George. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799. 39 vols. Washington: U.S. Govt. Print. off. [1931-44].
    HUNT STACKS-2 E312.7 1931

  • Virginia. Council. Executive Journals of the Council of Colonial Virginia. 6 vols. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1925-1966.
    Request from Offsite via Cameo

  • Winthrop Papers. 2 vols. New York: Russell & Russell [1968- .
    HUNT STACKS-2 F7 .W8 1

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American History:
Colonial and Revolutionary Periods:

Statistical Resources


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  • Greene, Evarts B. and Virginia D. Harrington. American Population Before the Federal Census of 1790. Baltimore, Md.: Genealogical Pub. Co., 1993.
    HUNT REF-1 HB3505 .G7 1993

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