Teaching Early American Topics

Digital Resources for Early American Studies

General References

American History, Library of Congress
"These pages link to selected collection content available online at the Library of Congress, arranged by broad categories. The Library's online content represents only a small percentage of its physical holdings."

American Memory, Library of Congress
"American Memory is a gateway to the Library of Congress’s vast resources of digitized American historical materials. Comprising more than 9 million items that document U.S. history and culture, American Memory is organized into more than 100 thematic collections based on their original format, their subject matter, or who first created, assembled, or donated them to the Library."

Brief Timeline of American Literature and Events: Pre-1620 to 1920
"This timeline provides a short chronology of events in American history and literature." Dr. Donna Campbell, Department of English, Washington State University

British Empire-Research Guide, University of Pennsylvania Library
"This selective bibliography lists resources useful for the study of the British Empire."

A Chronology of US Historical Documents, The University of Oklahoma College of Law

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
"Our mission is to be a center for history and citizenship, encouraging national and international audiences to learn from the past through the preservation, restoration, and presentation of 18th-century Williamsburg and the study, interpretation, and teaching of America's founding democratic principles."

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation: Online Resources
"Historical, Educational, and Scholarly Materials: Colonial Williamsburg's online resources provide a wealth of information about the town's history and the American Revolution. Dive into some of our historical and educational content to begin exploring."

Cultural Readings, University of Pennsylvania Library
"Any account of the colonization of the Americas must acknowledge the prodigious number of texts which colonization generated. "Cultural Readings" presents a sample of those texts. The web site is grouped into six broad categories; it also includes scholarly essays on topics related to the exhibition and a brief bibliography and list of web links."

Digital History
"This Web site was designed and developed to support the teaching of American History in K-12 schools and colleges and is supported by the Department of History and the College of Education at the University of Houston."

The Digital Public Library of America
"The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science."

Early Americas Digital Archive, University of Maryland at College Park
"The Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA) is a collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820. Open to the public for research and teaching purposes, EADA is published and supported by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) under the general editorship of Professor Ralph Bauer, at the University of Maryland at College Park."

Electronic Texts in American Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries
"The following materials are electronic texts of documents, primary texts, and literature associated with the history and culture of the United States. . . . This series is administered by Paul Royster."

Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
"Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians."

The Hanover Historical Texts Collection, Hanover College History Department
" The Hanover Historical Texts Collection makes available digital versions of historical texts for use in history and humanities courses."

History Matters
"Designed for high school and college teachers of U.S. History courses. This site serves as a gateway to Web resources and offers useful." Developed by American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning, City University of New York, and the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University.

The Internet Modern History Sourcebook
"The Internet Modern History Sourcebook is one of series of history primary sourcebooks. It is intended to serve the needs of teachers and students in college survey courses in modern European history and American history, as well as in modern Western Civilization and World Cultures. The Internet History Sourcebooks Project is located at the History Department of Fordham University, New York. The Internet History Sourcebooks Project [IHSP] is a world wide web project designed to provide easy access to primary sources and other teaching materials in a non-commercial environment. It was developed and is edited by Paul Halsall with the aid of numerous other contributors."

Litchfield Historical Society
“Litchfield Connecticut holds a position of unique importance in the early history of America, and the Litchfield Historical Society has long held an incomparable collection of biographical information, manuscripts, and artifacts related to the two educational institutions that called Litchfield home. Until now, though, researchers needed to travel to Connecticut to take advantage of this material. With the advance of online resources and the increased availability of funding to make primary sources available online, the staff of the Historical Society conceived of The Ledger as a way to enhance knowledge about the Female Academy and Law School through encouraging new scholarship focused on these institutions and their students. This virtual collection brings together sources that are held in Litchfield with many others from across the country the country in various repositories and private hands.”

Literature of Justification
Literature of Justification is an ongoing project by students at Lehigh University that takes as its provocative starting point the "gigantic question" that Washington Irving asks in his1809 History of New York (Book I, chapter v): "What right had the first discoverers of America to land, and take possession of a country, without asking the consent of its inhabitants, or yielding them an adequate compensation for their territory?"

National Archives
"The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation's record keeper." Washington, D.C.

National Humanities Center
"The National Humanities Center is a private, nonprofit institution for advanced study in the humanities."

NHC, Toolbox Library: "Collections of primary resources compatible with the Common Core State Standards — historical documents, literary texts, and works of art — thematically organized with notes and discussion questions."

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature: A Research and Reference Guide
"With more than 400 pages, including over 360 author pages, this is a major site in American literature on the web." Paul P. Reuben, PhD., Professor Emeritus, Department of English, California State University, Stanislaus

Teach US History
“Teach US History is a website composed of historic primary sources, media presentations, lesson plans, and background materials to help teachers teach various aspects of American history quickly and easily. The site is designed to be literally one stop shopping where in a matter of minutes educators can find resources and strategies and implement them with their students in their own classroom. The site is composed of facsimiles of materials from the collections of the American Antiquarian Society and Old Sturbridge Village. It was developed collaboratively over time with a series of grant-funded projects that employed various scholars, educators, and institutions."

Transcribing Early American Manuscript Sermons
"Transcribing Early American Manuscript Sermons, or TEAMS, is a collaborative scholarly effort to make the voluminous archival record of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century ecclesiastical worship more accessible to academic researchers, pastors, and the general public. This digital archive houses dozens of sermons transcribed from the papers of Baptist, Episcopalian, Catholic, and Congregational ministers who preached up and down the Atlantic coast of North America."


American Antiquarian Society

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

The Huntington Library

The John Carter Brown Library

The Library Company of Philadelphia

Library of Congress

Massachusetts Historical Society

The New York Public Library

The Newberry Library

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