Resources in the American Revolution and Early Republic Eras

 

Table of Contents

I.     General Resources
II.    Primary Resources
III.   Women's History
IV.   Reenactment Groups
V.    Other Archives and Manuscript Repositories
VI.   Bibliographies of DLAR Holdings by Subject

VI.  Vertical file materials

 


 

I.  General Resources

 

These  bibliographies were originally compiled for inclusion in the US ARMY CENTER OF MILITARY HISTORY's publication "The Continental Army" (1983). Due to limitations of space, only part of each bibliography were published. The bibliographies have been maintained by the Center and are subjected to continuous revision and updating.  The versions offered here are considerably longer than the original publication's versions.

 

Compiled from archive, library and Internet source documentation, this timeline on Slavery and in part the History of Racism, has been used to guide the direction of independent research into the history of enslaved Americans of African descent.
 

 

H-OIEAHC is sponsored by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, and is a member of the H-Net, Humanities & Social Sciences Online, initiative.  H-OIEAHC provides the scholarly community with a variety of on-line resources.
 

Chronological exhibitions dedicated to educators, students and all who enjoy history.
 

OpenHere Network is a directory search engine that has an informative site on the American Revolution complete with a link to the David Library.
 

The ushistory.org "Congress of Websites" was created and is hosted by the Independence Hall Association in Philadelphia. Its mission is to bring American history to life on the Internet for visitors worldwide.

Some of the featured sites are:
The Electric Franklin
The Betsy Ross Homepage
The Liberty Bell
The Philadelphia Campaign, 1777:  Virtual Marching Tour of the American Revolution
Brandywine Battlefield
The Declaration of Independence
Thomas Paine
 

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II. Primary Resources

 
 

The Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library contains both the Federalist Papers and letters from Hamilton in the Angelica Schuyler Church Collection, all in electronic format so they are 100 percent searchable and completely accessible by remote computer.
 

American Memory is the online resource compiled by the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program. With the participation of other libraries and archives, the program provides a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States.

Specific collections in American Memory that pertain to the American Revolution and Early Republic Era:

The Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789:  A Broadside Collection
The Thomas Jefferson Papers
Early Virginia Religious Petitions, 1774-1802
The American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North America and the West Indies, 1750-1789
A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation:  U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873
The George Washington Papers, 1741-1799
 

The First Federal Congress Project, a chartered University Research Center and affiliated with the Department of History at the George Washington University, has a dual mission: collecting, researching, editing and publishing the universally acclaimed and well reviewed Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, l789-l791, and serving as a research center on the most important and productive Congress in U.S. history. The Johns Hopkins University Press has published fourteen volumes of the records of this Congress and the editing of five volumes of the correspondence to and from the members. The First Federal Congress Project is also part of the Model Editions Partnership, exploring ways to present historical editions in electronic formats (internet and CD-rom).
 

The Liberty Library is a list of classic books and other works on constitutional government put together by The Constitution Society, a private non-profit organization dedicated to research and public education on the principles of constitutional republican government.  The items in the library are arranged chronologically from the ancient world until modern day, obviously including the span of the American Revolution and early Republic.
 

The goal of this site is to provide an online cross-referenced index of all surviving orderly books of the Continental Army in order to assist students and researchers in accessing these primary resources. Its goal is to present a data base for researchers of the “micro-history” of the Continental Army which can be found in no other single source and which provides cross-referencing options to assist in research focus on particular units, on particular campaign theaters and time periods, and on institutions holding within their collections specific manuscript books.
 

The documents contained in this mini-edition, maintained by the Model Editions Partnership, comprise the critical period of Greene's campaign in the South--19 January 1781 through 15 February 1781. Starting with the battle of Cowpens, a pivotal battle in the war in the South, they highlight what has become known as the "Race to the Dan" as the British general, Lord Cornwallis, used all his resources to attempt to overtake and destroy Greene's army as the Americans retreated across the Dan River toward safety and succor in Virginia.
 

The Papers of George Washington is a grant-funded project.  It was established in 1969 at the University of Virginia, under the joint auspices of the University and the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union, to publish a complete edition of Washington's correspondence.  DLAR has all the current editions of this project in the our holdings.  Not every letter is searchable online, but some items are at the above website.
 

Slavery was a crucial issue for the Founders. By collecting and publishing here in one volume substantial documentation on the issue of slavery during the debate over the ratification of the Constitution, it is hoped that readers will gain a deeper appreciation of the founding generation--slaveholders, opponents of slavery, and slaves--as it grappled with its seemingly insoluble moral, social, and economic dilemma.  Many of the documents are taken from the files of or have been published in The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, 1787-1791, published by the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and maintained by the Model Editions Partnership.
 

The University of Virginia Library's contains a collection of electronic texts in the Electronic Text Center by or to Jefferson (More than 1,700 items, including some color manuscript images), Quotations, Jefferson in the Oxford English Dictionary, Scholarship, Bibliographies, The UVa Jefferson Collections, Online Exhibitions with Jefferson Content (From the UVA Special Collections Dept), and information about Jefferson Organizations.
 

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III.  Women's History

 

This site contains comprehensive information on one of the many women recognized by the Daughters of the American Revolution as a Patriot during the American Revolutionary War.
 

This is a site by United States Field Artillery Association and contains a brief biography with two images.
 

This site holds biographies of Deborah Sampson, Anne Bailey, Rachel and Grace Martin, and many more women whose bravery helped the United States achieve independence from Great Britain.
 

This site is a wonderful tool for searching in-depth biographies of many eighteenth century women, among others by subject and name.  It provides a quick and easy way to access biographical information on some very famous ladies.
 

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IV.  Reenactment Groups

 

The IV Regiment of Continental Light Dragoons is a recreated Revolutionary War Cavalry Unit of Larkin Smith's Troop Brigade of the American Revolution Unit #240.
 

A listing of some of the major living history groups around the U.S. and Canada, including contact information and schedules of events, a photo gallery, and organizational list.
 

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V.  Other Archives and Manuscript Repositories

American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609-1634
(508) 755-5221

Email: library@mwa.org

Web: www.americanantiquarian.org

 

Archives of Ontario

77 Grenville Street

Toronto, Ontario

Canada  M5S 1B3
416-327-1583

Email: reference@ontario.ca

Web:  www.archives.gov.on.ca

 

Bucks County Historical Society
84 Pine Street
Doylestown, PA 18901-4999
(215) 345-0210

Email: info@mercermuseum.org

Web: www.mercermuseum.org

 

DAR Library
1776 D Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006

(202) 628-1776

Web: www.dar.org

 

Fort Ticonderoga National Historic Landmark

PO Box 390
Ticonderoga NY 12883

(518) 585-2821

Email: fort@fort-ticonderoga.org

Web: www.fort-ticonderoga.org

 

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5699
(215) 732-6200
Fax:  (215) 732-2680

Web: www.hsp.org

 

Johannes Schwalm Historical Association (For Hessian Studies)
PO Box 127
Scotland, PA 17254

Email: halschwalm@prodigy.net

Web: www.jsha.org

 

The Library Company of Philadelphia
1314 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-3181 general information
(215) 546-2456 reading room
(215) 546-8229 print room
Fax: (215) 546-5167
Email: nscalessa@librarycompany.org
Web: www.librarycompany.org

 

Library of Virginia
Archives Research Services
800 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219-8000
(804) 692-3500 general information

(804) 692-3888 archives research service
They are unable to accept queries through email.

Web:  www.lva.lib.va.us


Maryland State Archives

350 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis, MD 21401
(800) 235-4045 MD toll free
(410) 260-6400
Fax: (410) 974-3895
Email: archives@mdarchives.state.md.us

Web:  www.mdarchives.state.md.us


Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania
Masonic Temple
One North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107-2520
Email: MUSEUMANDLIBRARY@pagrandlodge.org

Web:  www.pagrandlodge.org/mlam


 Monmouth County Archives
125 Symmes Drive
Manalapan, NJ  07726
(732) 308-3772
Email: Mary Ann Kiernan, Research Assistant

Web:  www.shore.co.monmouth.nj.us/archives

 

 Monmouth County Historical Association

70 Court Street

Freehold, NJ 07728

(732) 462-1466

Email: mchalib@excite.com

Web: www.monmouth.com/~mcha

 

National Archives  

Kew

Richmond, Surrey
TW9 4DU
Telephone Enquiries: 44 (0) 20 8392 5200
Fax Enquiries:44 (0) 20 8878 8905
E-mail: enquiry@nationalarchives.gov.us

Web:  www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

 

National Archives and Records Administration
Attn: NWCTB
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20408-0001
(866) 272-6272
Email: inquire@nara.gov

Web:  www.nara.gov

 

New Jersey State Archives
225 West State Street-Level 2
Department of State Building
P.O. Box 307
Trenton, NJ 08625-0307
(609) 292-6260 general information
(609) 633-8334 administrative office
(609) 396-2454 fax
Email: info@archive.sos.state.nj.us

Web:  www.state.nj.us/state/darm/links/archives.html

 

New York Historical Society

170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

(212) 873-3400

Web: www.nyhistory.org

 

New York State Library

Cultural Education Center
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12230

(518) 474-5355.

Web: www.nysl.nysed.gov

 

Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management

6016 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada  B3H 1W4

(902) 424-6060

Email: nsarm@gov.ns.ca

Web: www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm

 

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
Pennsylvania State Archives
350 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0090
(717) 783-3362

(717) 783-9924 fax

Web: www.phmc.state.pa.us

No email inquiries accepted

 

Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

Bonar Law - Bennett Building
23 Dineen Drive
UNB Campus
Fredericton, NB
Canada

(506) 453-2122

Web: www.archives.gnb.ca

Email:  provincial.archives@gnb.ca
 

The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada
Dominion Head Office
50 Baldwin St. Suite 202,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5T 1L4
Telephone (416) 591-1783
Fax  (416) 591-7506

Email: uela@becon.ca

Web:  www.uelac.org


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