Digital Resources for Early American Studies

The Eighteenth Century

The Avalon Project : 18th Century Documents, Yale Law School

The American Revolution, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Coming of the American Revolution, Massachusetts Historical Society

Liberty! The American Revolution, PBS

Revolutionary Players
"Welcome to the website of Revolutionary Players, a project supported by the New Opportunities Fund focusing on the history of the Industrial Revolution in the West Midlands in Britain between the years 1700 and 1830."

John and Abigal Adams, Adams Family Resources, Massachusetts Historical Society
"The Adams Family Papers at the MHS are the most comprehensive and historically complete family collection held by an American cultural institution, public or private. The collection spans the years 1639 to 1889 and consists of the official records and writings of three generations of Adamses. This includes the papers of John and Abigail, John Quincy, Charles Francis, and their extended families. Comprising nearly 300,000 manuscript pages, the materials provide a comprehensive look at major historical events from before the Revolution to the end of the 19th century."

Elizabeth Ashbridge, Some Account of the Fore Part of the Life of Elizabeth Ashbridge (1755), The Early Americas Digital Archive (EADA), University of Maryland at College Park

The Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive and Scholarly Edition
"The Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive and Scholarly Edition aims to identify, transcribe, organize, and ultimately edit Brown's uncollected writings, making them searchable in an electronic environment . Access to these texts will cast new light on Brown as a novelist, editor, and historian, revise his stature among the intellectuals of the new republic, and enhance our understanding of authorship and the dynamics of print culture in his day."

Benjamin Franklin: In His Own Words, The Library of Congress

The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary
"The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary was a private, non-profit alliance established to mark the three-hundred-year anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth (1706-2006) with a celebration dedicated to educating the public about Franklin’s enduring legacy and inspiring renewed appreciation of the values he embodied. The Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary represented a consortium created in 2000 by the American Philosophical Society, The Franklin Institute, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the University of Pennsylvania. The consortium was supported by a $4 million gift to the nation from The Pew Charitable Trusts. The Tercentenary’s projects formed the official national celebration for America’s first founding father to reach 300."

Founders Online, New York Public Library
"Through this website you can read and search through the correspondence and other writings of six major shapers of the United States: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Over 119,000 searchable documents, fully annotated, from the authoritative, federally funded Founding Fathers Papers projects."

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."

The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University
"About the Jonathan Edwards Center: The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University (JEC) came into being in October 2003, on the three-hundredth anniversary of Jonathan Edwards' birth. The JEC grew out of the offices of the Works of Jonathan Edwards, the contemporary critical print edition of selections from the Edwards papers."

Religion in Eighteenth-Century America, The Library of Congress

Religion and the American Revolution, The Library of Congress

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia

The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy
"The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy project was developed in collaboration with students in four courses at Lehigh University during the years 2009-2012. Playing off the provocative description by prominent Jefferson scholar Joseph J. Ellis, the core of JHC is a sixteen-part "miniseries," framed by a prologue and epilogue, that follows the controversy chronologically from its inception by James Thomson Callender in 1802 to the at-present climactic work on the Hemings family by Annette Gordon-Reed in 2008. The other major part of JHC is a corollary section called "Jefferson on Race and Slavery" that contains both primary and secondary works on this subject as a valuable point of reference for the significant issues raised by the controversy. The JHC is part of the History on Trial suite of sites." Edward J. Gallagher, Professor of English, Lehigh University

University of Virginia's collections related to Thomas Jefferson
"About This Guide: This guide combines links to the major online collections of Jefferson's writings that have been made accessible by U.Va., as well as by other institutions. It also provides links to online collections of Jefferson's quotations and other information resources about Jefferson like bibliographies. The guide also provides information about U.Va's Jefferson collections that are not available online, but are held in our Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library."

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."

A Voice of Her Own, Phillis Wheatley, Library of Congress

George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress

Documents from the Constitutional Congress and the Constitutional Convention, Library of Congress

The Bill of Rights, National Archives

The Constitution of the United States, National Archives

Constitution of the United States, The Avalon Project, Yale Law School

The Declaration of Independence, National Archives

The Federalist Papers, The Avalon Project, Yale Law School

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation, Library of Congress

Eighteenth-Century Resources -- History, Jack Lynch of Rutgers University, Newark

The U.S. Army Center of Military History