Digital Resources for Early American Studies

Exploration and Settlement

American Journeys, The Wisconsin Historical Society
"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."

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Historic Jamestowne, Preservation Virginia and The National Park Service
"Historic Jamestowne is owned and managed through a private/public partnership. The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (Preservation Virginia) acquired 22.5 acres in 1893. The National Park Service acquired the remaining 1500 acres in 1934. During the early decades, the activity on the Island could be characterized as quiet but cooperative in welcoming visitors, providing research and interpretation."

Colonial National Historical Park, National Park Service

Virtual Jamestown
"Virtual Jamestown is a product of collaboration between Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, and the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia."

Mayflower Compact 1620, The Avalon Project, Yale Law School

The New Netherland Project, The New Netherland Institute

Plimoth Plantation, Plimoth Plantation Museum

The Plymouth Colony Archive Project at the University of Virginia

Penn's Charter of Libertie (1682), The Avalon Project, Yale Law School

The Pocahontas Archive, Lehigh University
The Pocahontas Archive is an ever-growing chronological listing of materials relating to the study of Pocahontas (and, by association, John Smith, Jamestown, and early Virginia) from early America to the beginning of 2006: histories, biographies, poems, plays, fiction, textbooks, movies, essays, dissertations, newspaper articles, children's books, paintings, sculpture, recordings, genealogies -- whatever has contributed to the shaping of this figure in our culture . . . The archive contains approximately 1400 citations as of October 2006. It is fully searchable by any word in the citations, and there is a drop-down list of fifteen search categories of especial interest. Some of the citations are linked to full-text documents, and there is a separate archive of images of Pocahontas -- and both of these components of the archive will grow substantially over time."--Edward J. Gallagher, Dept. of English, Lehigh University