Digital Resources for Early American Studies

Native American Studies

The National Museum of the American Indian
"The National Museum of the American Indian is the sixteenth museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the first national museum dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of Native Americans. Established by an act of Congress in 1989, the museum works in collaboration with the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere to protect and foster their cultures by reaffirming traditions and beliefs, encouraging contemporary artistic expression, and empowering the Indian voice."

Battlefields of the Pequot War
"The primary goal of this project, funded through a grant from the National Park Service American Battlefield Protection Program, is the identification of battlefield sites and obtaining physical evidence of these through non-invasive archeological investigations. Partnering with the Office of the Connecticut State Archaeologist, the Connecticut State Historian and many local historical societies, research centers and museums from Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center has undertaken a comprehensive study to research all aspects of the Pequot War."

Indian Converts Collection
"The website contains study guides with information about life on Martha's Vineyard for both Wampanoags and white settlers, as well as an accompanying online archive with over 600 images and documents that further contextualize Mayhew’s work. This archive can be browsed or searched. In the study guides you will also find tips for how to analyze the artifacts, gravestones, and maps found in the archive as well as suggestions for students’ investigations of the text. Educators will find sample assignments and syllabi. One item on the website that may particularly interest people is the Early American Handwriting Game. The website is free and open to the public."--Laura Leibman, Dept. of English, Reed College

Samson Occom: A Short Narrative of My Life (1768), Rauner Special Collections, Dartmouth College Library

The Pocahontas Archive
"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"

The Constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy, Modern History Sourcebook

Maya Codices
"This site features a translation and analysis of four codices (screenfold books) painted by Maya scribes before the Spanish conquest in the early 16th century. The codices contain information about Maya beliefs and rituals, as well as activities associated with daily life, which are framed within an astronomical and calendrical context."