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European Early American Studies undergraduates, postgraduates and young researchers sometimes have difficulty accessing archival materials. This page lists free digital archival materials relevant to Early American Studies, as well as locations of important collections in Europe that might render a visit to the USA unneccessary.

Free Digital Resources

Adams Family Papers Electronic Archive

Africans in America - collection of primary documents relating to early slavery

Alex Catalougue of Electronic Texts

American Journeys 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.

American Memory: Travels in America 1750-1920; Slaves and the Courts 1740-1860 - collections of primary documents searchable by title or author

Archives of Maryland the colonial records of Maryland online

Avalon Project: documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

Cornell University Digital Library

Documenting the American South - a large collection of primary texts relating to the history of slavery and of North Carolina

John Jay Papers

Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive

Thomas Paine National Historical Association

US historical documents - a collection of charters, laws and revolutionary documents

Virginia Gazette 1736-1780 indexed by keywords

Subscription resources

University of Warwick - those wishing to visit Warwick to consult the resources below should contact Tim Lockley

Early American Imprints Series I and II (1639-1819) - full text of more than 70,000 books printed in America before 1819 (c. 7 million pages)
Early American Newspapers, Series 1, 1690-1876 offers 350,000 fully searchable issues from over 710 historical American newspapers.

Early English Books Online - 125,000 books printed in English before 1700

Eighteenth-Century Collections Online - 150,000 books printed in English between 1700 and 1800

Pennsylvania Gazette 1728-1800 the searchable full-text of this newspaper.

The Making of the Modern World: Goldsmiths'-Kress Library of Economic Literature 1450-1850 - digital facsimile images of 61,000 works of literature 912 million pages) on commerce, finance, social conditions, politics, trade and transport, economic and business published from 1450 through 1850.

17th and 18th Century Burney Collection The newspapers and news pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757 - 1817) represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media.

19th Century UK Periodicals - is a major multi-part series which covers the events, lives, values and themes that shaped the 19th century world. It is mainly based on the repositories of the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of South Africa, the National Library of Australia, and many others.

19th Century British Library Newspapers - contains full runs of 48 influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of the 19th century British society.

The Times Digital Archive 1785 - 1985 - Researchers can search through the complete digital edition of The Times (London), using keyword searching and hit-term highlighting to retrieve full facsimile images of either a specific article or a complete page. The entire newspaper is captured, with all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching.

State Papers Online, 1509-1714 - is a searchable archive of 16th- and 17th-century State Papers Domestic, Foreign, Scotland, Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council for research and teaching projects in politics, government, and social, economic, and religious history.