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Archives, Libraries, and Museums

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American History:
Early National and Antebellum:

Associations, Organizations, and Institutes


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American History:
Early National and Antebellum:

Audio Resources


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American History:
Early National and Antebellum:

Background


Sometimes you may need some information to get more familiar with your topic. Below are some materials that can provide background on the Early National and Antebellum 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.
  • Allison, Robert J., ed. American Eras: Development of a Nation, 1783-1815. Detroit: Gale Research, 1997.
    HUNT REF-1 E169.1 .A471979 1997 1783-1815

  • Discovering Lewis and Clark (VIAs, Inc.)
    Background, maps, journal excerpts, photos, etc. covering all aspects of the expedition.

  • The Duel (American Experience, PBS)

  • Finkelman, Paul, ed. Encyclopedia of the New American Nation: the Emergence of the United States, 1754-1829. 3 vols. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons: Thomson Gale, c2006.
    HUNT REF-1 E301 .E53 2006

  • Gale, Robert L. A Cultural Encyclopedia of the 1850s in America. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, c1993.
    HUNT STACKS-2 96 .G147 1993

  • Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (PBS)
    Background, biographical information, maps, etc.

  • Mancall, Peter C., ed. American Eras: Westward Expansion, 1800-1860. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998.
    HUNT REF-1 E169.1 .A471979 1997 1800-1860

  • Neely, Mark E. The Abraham Lincoln Encyclopedia. New York: McGraw-Hill, c1982.
    HUNT REF-1 E457 .N48

  • Prokopowicz, Gerald J., ed. American Eras: Reform Era & Eastern U. S. Development, 1815-1850. Detroit: Gale Research, 1998.
    HUNT REF-1 E169.1 .A471979 1997 1815-1850

  • War of 1812 (Galafilm Multimedia, Inc.)
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American History:
Early National and Antebellum

Biographical Resources


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American History:
Early National and Antebellum:

Books


Below are resources specifically for Early National and Antebellum. See American History: Books for essential resources on any aspect of American History.

To search for books on the Early National Period in library catalogs, it might be best to use these subject heading:

  • United States--Social life and customs--1783-1865.
  • United States--History--1783-1865
  • United States--History-1815-1861
Reference librarians can help you find appropriate terms for your topic.
  • 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.

If we don't have the books you need you can use EZ Borrow (books get here in about 3-5 days) or interlibrary loan using Illiad (books get here in about 7-10 days).

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American History:
Early National and Antebellum:

Discussion Lists

  • H-SHEAR
    Discussion network for the scholars of the history of the early republic.
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American History:
Early National and Antebellum:

Internet Guides


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American History:
Early National and Antebellum:

Journal and Magazine Articles


Below are resources specifically for Early National and Antebellum. See American History: Journal and Magazine Articles for essential resources on any aspect of American History.
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:
Early National and Antebellum:

Journals


Below are some major journals for research in the Early National and Antebellum Periods. To find journal articles on particular topics use the resources at American History: Early National and Antebellum: Magazine and Journal 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.
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American History:
Early National and Antebellum:

Maps


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Early National and Antebellum:

Newspapers


See also American History: Newspapers for essential newspapers on all periods of American History.
  • African American Newspapers: the 19th Century
    Full text: Accessible Archives (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    Major 19th century African-American newspapers published in the United States. An ongoing project, new text is added to the database each month. Newspapers included are:
    • Freedom's Journal (New York, NY) 1827-1829.
    • Colored American (Weekly Advocate) (New York, NY) 1837-1841.
    • North Star (Rochester, New York) 1847-1851.
    • National Era (Washington, D. C.) 1847-1960 (complete through 1853).
    • Provincial Freeman (Chatham, Canada West) 1854-1857.
    • Frederick Douglass Paper (Rochester, N. Y.) 1851-1859 (complete through 1852).
    • Christian Recorder (Philadelphia, Pa.) 1861-1902 (complete through April, 1862).

  • Brooklyn Daily Eagle
    Full text: 1841-1902

  • Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers (Library of Congress)
    Full text, exact dates vary by newspaper. Ongoing project to provide information about historic newspapers and to selectively digitize newspaper pages. Read About Chronicling America. Digitized newspapers can be searched or browsed. See All Available Newspapers. The site also has a Search Newpaper Directory feature, so you can see which newspapers were published in a particular place and time. You can use ILLiad to try and get newspapers not locally available.

  • HarpWeek (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    Full text: 1857-1912
    Search and dsipaly the full text of Harper's Weekly, America's leading 19th century illustrated newspaper.

  • Historical Newspapers: Chicago Tribune (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    1849-current minus 24 years.
    Search, browse, and display the full text of one of America’s leading newspapers. The Tribune has a reputation for investigative and public service journalism earning 24 Pulitzer Prizes since 1932. Additional content is added on a yearly basis.

  • Historical Newspapers: New York Times (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    Full text: 1851-(current -3 years) Search and display the full text of the New York Times.

  • 19th Century Newspapers (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    Full text: 19th century, though exact dates vary by newspaper

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

Pictorial Resources


See also American History: Pictorial Resources.
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American History:
Early National and Antebellum:

Primary Sources

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

  • 1800 (George Laughead Jr., AmDocs: Documents for the Study of American History)

  • Abdy, Edward S., Journal of a Residence and Tour in the United States (3 vols, London, 1835) (Hal Morris, Tales of the Early Republic)

  • Adams, John Quincy. Diary of John Quincy Adams. 2 vols. Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1981.
    Request from OFFSITE

  • Adams, Sean P. The Early American Republic: a Documentary Reader . Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.
    HUNT STACKS-2 E301 .E13 2009
    Table of Contents

  • American Periodicals Series Online (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    1740-1900

  • The Barbary Treaties 1786-1836 (The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy, Yale Law School)

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

  • Copeland, David A. The Antebellum Era: Primary Documents on Events from 1820 to 1860. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2003.
    HUNT STACKS-2 E301 .D43 2003

  • Dooley, Patricia L. The Early Republic: Primary Documents on Events from 1799 to 1820. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2004.
    HUNT STACKS-2 E301 .E15 2004

  • 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.

  • The First American West: The Ohio River Valley 1750-1820 (American Memory, Library of Congress)

  • Gallatin, Albert. Writings. 3 vols. New York: Antiquarian Press, 1960.
    HUNT STACKS-2 E302 .G2

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

  • The James Madison Papers, 1723 - 1836 (American Memory, Library of Congress)

  • 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 Lewis and Clark Expedition (University of Nebraska, Lincoln)
    Search or browse the full text of the journals. Also includes maps and images.

  • Journals of Lewis and Clark (American Studies at the University of Virginia)

  • Louisiana Purchase, 1803 (The Avalon Project at Yale Law School)
    Documents related to the purchase.

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

  • Music for a Nation: Sheet Music ca. 1820-1860 (American Memory, Library of Congress)

  • A New Nation Votes: American Election Returns, 1787 - 1825 (American Antiquarian Society)Searchable collection of election returns from the earliest years of the American Republic.

  • North American Immigrant Letters, Diaries, and Oral Histories (Carnegie Mellon users only)
    1800-1950
    Includes 2,162 authors and approximately 100,000 pages of information, so providing a unique and personal view of what it meant to immigrate to America and Canada between 1800 and 1950. Composed of contemporaneous letters and diaries, oral histories, interviews, and other personal narratives

  • Original Journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806. Edited by Reuben Gold Thwaites. 8 vols. New York: Arno Press, 1969.
    HUNT STACKS-2 F592.4 1969B 969B

  • Quasi War with France 1791-1800 (The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy, Yale Law School)

  • 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.

  • Sunday School Books (american Memory, Library of Congress)

  • Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive (University of Virginia Library)

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

  • Webster, Daniel. Papers of Daniel Webster. 41 reels. Ann Arbor, University Microfilms; Hanover, N. H.: issued in collaboration with Dartmouth College Library, 1971.
    HUNT MFILM-3 973.5 W37P

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American History:
Early National and Antebellum:

Statistical Resources


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