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African Diaspora
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Eighteenth-Century Europe
Revolution and Early Republic
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Search over 24,000 genealogy titles titles including census records, passenger lists, and the American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Browse by geographic location. (Password required. CWF users only; Contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, Newberry Library.
Designed to provide information about the creation and boundary changes of every county in the United States, from the earliest county creation in the 1600s to 2000. See the Virginia map.

Documenting the American South
This huge digital library includes documents pertaining to Virginia.

Early Virginia Religious Petitions
Presents images of 423 petitions submitted to the Virginia legislature between 1774 and 1802 from more than eighty counties and cities.

Hening's Statutes at Large
In this continuing project, volumes 1-13, 1619-1792, are transcribed and indexed.

HeritageQuest Online
Search selected U.S. census records. (CWF IP address only. Contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia
This is an index to the complete collection of fire insurance policies of the Society from 1796 to 1867 (31,138 policies) are now in the possession of the Library of Virginia. Rockefeller Library owns microfilm for the years, 1795-1825 (classification number, M-1942.1-12).

Virginia Records, 1606-1737
Thomas Jefferson collected early Virginia Records, including the Records of the Virginia Company.

Library of Virginia Online Catalogs and Collections
The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, maintains several online catalogs and finding aids, including the general LVA catalog, Archives and Manuscripts collection, the Newspapers in Virginia Database, and Land Record Database.

The Pocahontas Archive
M materials relating to the study of Pocahontas from early America into 2009: 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 the Pocahontas figure in our culture.

Probing the Past: Virginia and Maryland Probate Inventories, 1740-1810
A searchable version of information contained in the transcriptions of 325 probate inventories. Users may browse by time period or city/county, or search the database to find records that meet specific criteria, and then view the original written text and a transcript of the inventories. Household furnishings appearing in these inventories form the basis for an extensive database that reveals patterns of household consumption, social class, and urban versus rural distinctions.

Virtual Jamestown
Virtual Jamestown is a product of collaboration between Virginia Polytechic Institute, Blacksburg, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and the Virginia Center for Digital History at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.

Virginia Colonial Records Project
Between 1955 and 1985, project agents visited more than one hundred libraries and archives in Great Britain, Ireland, and France to survey their collections for Virginia-related documents. The project has generated 14,704 Survey Reports and Colonial Williamsburg acquired 963 reels of microfilmed documents. The Electronic Index contains more than 500,000 personal- name and ship-name entries.

Virginia Company Archives
The Ferrar Papers, 1590-1790, from Magdalene College Cambridge, and The Records of the Virginia Company make up the bulk of this searchable database which offer sources for the study of trade between Britain and America and of early relations betweent the colonists and Native Americans. (CWF users only; Contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Virginia Heritage Project
Guides to archival and manuscript collections from 20 institutions in Virginia.

Virginia Historical Society
Click on "Research" to search their extensive online catalog of books, journals and manuscripts.

African Diaspora

African American Newspapers, 1827-1998
Explore African American history, culture and daily life in the 19th and 20th centuries.

The African Diaspora Archaeology Network [ADAN]
The ADAN provides a focal point for achaeological and interdisciplinary studies of African diasporas, with news, current reserch, information and links to other web resources related to the archaeology and history of descendants of African peoples.

Africans in America
This PBS site offers narrative, historical documents, and scholarly commentary on the beginnings and ending of slavery in the United States, 1460-1865.

Afro-American Sources in Virginia
A Guide to Manuscripts, edited by Michael Plunkett. Also included is Guide to African American Documentary Resources in North Carolina edited by Timothy D. Pyatt. These are lists of manuscript resources which list the library where one can find the original document.

American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography
Between 1936 and 1938, the WPA Federal Writers' Project hired field workers to collect the life histories of former slaves. The full-text of the transcripts for 2,000 interviews, from seventeen states, are now available and searchable. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance)

The Atlantic Slave Trade and Slave Life in the Americas: A Visual Record
Hundreds of images have been selected, described and categorized. One can search by keyword or browse by topic.

Black Loyalists: Our History, Our People
This site explores an untold story of how Canada became the home of the first settlements of free blacks outside Africa. Canada's Digital Collections offers a transcript of the Book of Negroes, a list of African-Americans evacuated from New York at the end of the war. A digital version of the original manuscripts of the Book of Negroes, searchable by personal name, is available from the government of Nova Scotia. (The Library also owns a photocopy (Number 10427 of the set entitled, “Headquarters Papers of the British Army in America”) and a microfilm copy (M154.29) of the original Book of Negroes.)

The Black Past: Remembered and Reclaimed
Provides reference materials—primary documents, encyclopedia, links to African American archives—on six centuries of African American history.

Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery
The Digital Archaeological Archive of Comparative Slavery is a Web-based initiative designed to foster inter-site, comparative archeological research on slavery in the greater Chesapeake region.

Digital Library on American Slavery
The Race and Slavery Petitions Project at The University of North Carolina Greensboro have collected data on race and slavery from eighteenth and nineteenth-century documents that contain detailed information on about 150,000 individuals, including slaves, free people of color, and whites. The names and other data on roughly 80,000 individual slaves, 8,000 free people of color, and 62,000 whites, both slave owners and non-slave owners have been extracted from 2,975 legislative petitions and 14,512 county court petitions, and from a wide range of related documents, including wills, inventories, deeds, bills of sale, depositions, court proceedings, and amended petitions.

Documenting the American South
This huge digital library includes publicatons on African-Americans in the Revolution.

The Equiano Project
A celebration of the life and times of Olaudah Equiano, a former slave, seaman, war veteran, writer and abolitionist, who lived in 18th century England.

Free African Americans of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Delaware.
The history of the free African American community as told through the family history of most African Americans who were free in the Southeast during the colonial period. Paul Heinegg offers online access to his books and adds more transcribed records periodically.

Freedmens Bureau Online
The Bureau was established in the War Department by an act of March 3, 1865. The Bureau supervised all relief and educational activities relating to refugees and freedmen, including issuing rations, clothing and medicine. Information is being added on an ongoing basis.

Geography of Slavery in Virginia
A digital collection of advertisements for runaway and captured slaves and servants in Virginia newspapers, 1736-1790. Other documents including court records and correspondence on slavery and indentured servitude are being collected as well.

Guide to African American Manuscripts in the Collection of the Virginia Historical Society
The Society's holdings of African American materials consist largely of the records of slaves and slavery in the Old Dominion, the great bulk of which is concentrated on the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Collections are listed with brief descriptions and can be browsed or searched by keyword.

Images of African-American Slavery and Freedom
From the collections of the Library of Congress.

Monticello Plantation Database
A database of information on over six hundred slaves --details of life span, family structure, occupation, and transactions like purchases and sales.

Parliament and the British Slave Trade, 1600-1807
The Parliamentary Archives has digitised a wealth of archival material which provides evidence of the issues, processes and people at the heart of Parliament's relationship with the slave trade.

Slave Movement During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
Raw data and documentation on records of slave ship movement, slave ships of France, the Virginia slave trade in the 18th century, Enclish slave trade, Angola slave trade and more.

Slavery, Abolition & Social Justice
Primary sources collected from archives and libraries across the Atlantic world including the Merseyside Maritime Museum, the Wilberforce House Museum and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance).

Slaves and the Courts, 1740-1860
The Library of Congress has digitized and transcribed over a hundred pamphlets and books (published between 1772 and 1889) concerning the difficult and troubling experiences of African and African-American slaves in the American colonies and the United States.

A Study of the Africans and African Americans on Jamestown Island and at Green Spring, 1619-1803 by Martha W. McCartney with contributions by Lorena S. Walsh. 262 page report for the Nat'l Park Service. Hardcopy in library collection: F234 .J3 M334 2003.

TransAtlantic Slave Trade Database: Voyages
An expanded and continually growing online version of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: A Database on CD-ROM [Cambridge UP, 1999], the Voyages Database contains records of nearly 35,000 separate slaving voyages between 1514 and 1866, gleaned from original documents and historical publications located in archives, libraries, and other institutions throughout the world.

Colonial America

America: History and Life
Indexes over 2,000 historical journals published worldwide. Approximately 16,000 new entries are added each year. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance)

American Journeys
This digital library and learning center 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 Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920
253 published narratives by Americans and foreign visitors recounting their travels in the colonies and the United States and their observations and opinions about American peoples, places, and society from about 1750 to 1920. Includes journals by Philip Fithian, Nicholas Cresswell, Andrew Bumaby and Newton Mereness, visitors to Colonial Virginia.

American Women's History: A Research Guide
Provides citations to print and Internet reference sources, as well as to selected large primary source collections. The guide also provides information about the tools researchers can use to find additional books, articles, dissertations, and primary sources.

America's Historical Imprints
Search simultaneously: Early American Imprints Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 and Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800
Full-text books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the renowned bibliography by Charles Evans - the definitive resource for information about every aspect of life in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century America, from agriculture and auctions through foreign affairs, diplomacy, literature, music, religion, the Revolutionary War, temperance, witchcraft, and just about any other topic imaginable.

Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819
Full-text books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the distinguished bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker.

America's Historical Newspapers, Series I & II, 1690-1876
Hundreds of historic newspapers listed in Clarence Brigham's authoritative bibliography and in additional subsequent bibliographies. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

The Avalon Project : 18th-Century Documents
Yale University Law School, New Haven Connecticut, mounts digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.

Common-place is a common place for exploring and exchanging ideas about early American history and culture. A bit friendlier than a scholarly journal, a bit more scholarly than a popular magazine, Common-place speaks—and listens—to scholars, museum curators, teachers, hobbyists, and just about anyone interested in American history before 1900.

Diary, Correspondence, and Papers of Robert "King" Carter of Virginia, 1701-1732
The richest and most important Virginian of his day, Carter was active in government and corresponded widely both within the colony and with merchants in England. Read the transcriptions of his surviving papers in this ongoing project.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online from the Library and Archives of Canada
Search for persons who died between the years 1000 and 1930 or whose last known date of activity falls within these years.

Do History
An experimental, interactive case study based on the research that went into the book and film A Midwife's Tale, which were both based upon the remarkable 200 year old diary of midwife/healer Martha Ballard.

Documenting the American South
This huge digital library includes the beta release of "The Colonial and State Records of North Carolina" digital collection.

Early Americas Digital Archive
A a collection of electronic texts and links to texts originally written in or about the Americas from 1492 to approximately 1820.

The First American West: The Ohio River Valley 1750-1820
15,000 pages of original historical material documenting the land, peoples, exploration, and transformation of the trans-Appalachian West from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century.

Fold3 / Footnote
A database of free and subscription primary source documents that can be searched or browsed. Collections include Revolutionary War Pensions and Service Records. Collections include Passport Applications, Naturalization Records and Revolutionary War Pensions and Service Records.

Papers of Benjamin Franklin
Browse by date or name in this database sponsored by The American Philosophical Society and Yale University. The Rockefeller Library owns the volumes, as well.

Historic Native American Vocabularies and Word Lists Database
Compiled from the ever-expanding catalog of our American Language Reprint (ALR) series, The Interactive ALR offers a growing 12,000 word linguistic database and powerful search capabilities and represents 400 years of linguistic data, and over 40 languages scattered throughout more than 70 different documents.

History E-Book Project
American Council of Learned Societies sponsors this database of over 3000 full-text scholarly historical studies. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance)

Louisbourg Institute / Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada
This once thriving seaport and capital of Ile Royale (Cape Breton Island) was one of France's key centres of trade and military strength in the eighteenth century. The English / French website includes a technical forum on reconstructed eighteenth century sites and searchable databases of their research library holdings.

Maryland. Early State Records Online.
The Early State Records Series, a microfilm edition filmed and edited by William Sumner Jenkins and his staff for the Library of Congress, is the starting point for images of the original legislative, executive, and judicial records through ca. 1830.

American Ancestors
The New England Historic Genealogical Society, founded in 1845, offers primary and secondary sources, including the Virginia Genealogist (vols 1-45; 1957-2001). (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1800
Accessible Archives offers historical events, vivid descriptions of daily life, editorial observations, and commerce as seen through advertisements. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Plymouth Colony Archive Project at the University of Virginia
A collection of fully searchable texts, including: court records, colony laws, seventeenth century journals and memoirs, probate inventories, wills, town plans, maps, and fort plans; research and seminar analyses of numerous topics; biographical profiles of selected colonists; and architectural, archaeological and material culture studies.

South Carolina Gazette, 1732-1780
(Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance).

William and Mary Quarterly
1892-2001. Browse or search the full text of the journal through JSTOR. History Cooperative offers text to the more recent issues. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance).

Yale Indian Papers Project
This scholarly critical edition of New England Native American primary source materials explores 400 years of New England Native American history, community, culture, sovereignty, land, gender, race, identity, migration, law, and politics.

Eighteenth-Century Europe

Access to catalogs describing archives in England and Wales dating from the 8th century to present day.

The Age of George III
The later Eighteenth Century was a time of change and conflict in Britain. This web presents some of the major themes of the period 1760-1830.

A searchable database of classic works of French literature, non-fiction prose and technical writing. The eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries are about equally represented, with a smaller selection of seventeenth century texts as well as some medieval and Renaissance texts. Genres include novels, verse, theater, journalism, essays, correspondence, and treatises. Subjects include literary criticism, biology, history, economics, and philosophy. (CWF users only; Contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Bath Chronicle Georgian Newspaper Project
Search the Georgian Newspaper Project database on many subjects, punishment, pets and politics, to find out about life in Georgian Bath for the years 1770-1800.

British History Online
The digital library of text and information about people, places and topics from the medieval and early modern period. Searchable full text works include county, religious, and economic histories, parliamentary records, and the eleven volume set, "Office-Holders in Modern Britain".

British Origins
Authentic British, Irish, and Scots genealogy collections currently online includes marriage registers, census records, wills, court and apprentice records containing nearly 20 million names covering 1442-1872 as well as authentic map images and place name history from the England and Wales Gazetteer. (CWF users only; Contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Burney Collection of 17th and 18th Century Newspapers
The Reverend Charles Burney (1757 - 1817) collected 17th and 18th century English news media. The 700 or so bound volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets were published mostly in London, however there are also some English provincial, Irish and Scottish papers, and a few examples from the American colonies, Europe and India.

Connected Histories, British History Sources, 1500-1900
Search 15 major digital resources that include news, crime, government, religion,and images, some free, some subscription based. [Rockefeller subscribes to House of Commons Parliamentary Papers, 1688-1834.]

ECCO, Eighteenth-Century Collections Online
This library of 150,000 printed volumes and more than 26 million pages can be searched by author, title and keyword. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance).

Eighteenth-Century Journals, Newspapers and Periodicals, 1699-1812.
British publications from the collections of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center have been digitized and are searchable. Among the topics discussed in these periodicals are politics, current events, business, theater and literature. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance).

Internet Library of Early Journals
A digital library of 18th- and 19th-Century British journals.

The London Gazette
Similar to the U.S. Federal Register the London Gazette began in the 17th century (November 7, 1665) and remains active today.

London Lives 1690-1800 : Crime, Poverty and Social Policy in the Metropolis
A fully searchable edition of 240,000 manuscripts from eight archives and fifteen datasets, giving access to 3.35 million names. Among the materials available are the poor relief records from three major parishes: St. Botolph Aldgate, St. Clement Danes, and St. Dionis Backchurch. Settlement and workhouse records from the parishes of St. Martin in the Fields and St. Luke Chelsea are also included. Records from the Carpenters Company represent information available from guilds and association charities about their assistance to the poor. The records of St. Thomas’s Hospital include detailed information from the admissions and discharge registers. Other data includes an index to wills proved at the Prerogative Court of Canterbury; Boys Recruited into the Marine Society, 1770–1804; British East India Company: Salary Paid to ‘Clerks,’ 1760–1820; Fire Insurance Policy Registers, 1777–1786; The London and Westminster Directory, 1774; and Old Bailey Associated Records.

Parliamentary Papers, 1688-1834
Search or browse bills, acts, sessional papers, journals, and history of the House of Commons and the House of Lords. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey London 1674-1834
A fully searchable online editon of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people, containing accounts of over 100,000 criminal trials. Search by name, place, crime, punishment or browse by date.

Revolution / Early Republic

Adams Family Papers
Digital images and transcriptions of the correcpondence of John and Abigail Adams, 1762-1801, and the diary of John Adams, 1753-1804, are offered by the Massachusetts Historical Society.

American Archives, Documents of the American Revolution
Printer Peter Force devoted sixteen years to collecting thousands of pamphlets, booklets, and newspaper articles pertaining to the "Origin, Settlement, and Progress of the Colonies in North America" from the Revolutionary Era in order to preserve them for future generations. This set of nine large volumes entitled American Archives (and now digitized) contains the only surviving copies of many important documents.

The American Founding Era Collection is made available by the University of Virginia and cooperating institutions and offers digital editions of the papers of major figures of the early republic, and presents all material from the published volumes, including editorial annotations and careful transcriptions of hundreds of thousands of documents, in a fully searchable online environment. Included in this collection are:

American Journeys
This digital library and learning center 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 American Revolution
The British Library tells the story of the American Revolution and the loss of Britain's North American colonies during the eighteenth century using images from their collection.

The American Revolution from Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Read, listen and see images about the war, the philosophy, the material culture, and the people who lived through the Revolution in America.

Sources in U.S. History Online: The American Revolution
This Gale/InfoTrac database of the American Revolution digital collection contains official correspondence, personal letters, collected writings of key figures, political speeches, memoirs and narratives of soldiers and civilians, histories, and biographies. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance).

American State Papers, 1789-1817
Legislative and executive documents, many originating from the important period between 1789 and the beginning of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set in 1817. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance)

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present.
Search by name, state, or year for brief biographical information.

A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional documents and Debates, 1774-1875.
The records of the Continental Congress, the Constitutional Convention, and the United States Congress make up a rich documentary history of the construction of the nation and the development of the federal government and its role in the national life.

Company of Military Historians
An educational, scientific, and literary institution devoted to the study and dissemination of "information on the uniforms, equipment, history, and traditions of members of the Armed Forces of the United States worldwide and other nations serving in the Western Hemisphere."

Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789
The surviving correspondence of the 344 delegates who attended the Continental Congresses during and after the American Revolution.

Journals of the Continental Congress
The Journals of the Continental Congress are the records of the daily proceedings of the Congress -- the First Continental Congress met from September 5 to October 26, 1774; the Second Continental Congress from May 10, 1775, to March 2, 1789.

Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819
Full-text books, pamphlets, broadsides and other imprints listed in the distinguished bibliography by Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker. (Available only on computers on the CWF network; contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance)

The First American West: The Ohio River Valley 1750-1820
15,000 pages of original historical material documenting the land, peoples, exploration, and transformation of the trans-Appalachian West from the mid-eighteenth to the early nineteenth century.

Footnote History and Genealogy Archives
A database primary source documents of American history,18th-20th centuries, that can be searched or browsed. Special sections include the Revolutionary War Archives, the African American Archives, and the Native American Archives. (CWF users only; Contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Fourth of July Celebrations Database
This database brings together in one source selected examples of Fourth of July celebrations that have occurred throughout our nation's history from 1776 to the present. The goal is to capture a slice of the American cultural tradition--its pageantry, spectacle, music, and symbol in order to enhance our understanding of the American character and heritage.

France in America
Explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the sixteenth century to the end of the nineteenth century and includes maps from the Rochambeau collection.

A New Nation : The Thomas Addis Emmet Collection of Illustrations Relating to the American Revolution and Early United States History
Several thousand original prints, drawings, watercolors, and printed book illustrations from the New York Public Library.

A New Nation Votes: American Election Returns, 1787-1825
The American Antiquarian Society co-sponsors this database that includes all 25 states and territories that existed during the period and involves all offices from the Federal to the local levels: This includes Presidential elections, Town clerk elections and everything in between!

Online Library of Liberty
Sponsored by the Liberty Fund, Inc., a private, educational foundation, this online collection contains 440 authors and 1394 titles from ancient times to the twentieth century. Offerings from the writings of the founding fathers as well as those philosophers who influenced them and some women's writing (for instance, Mercy Otis Warren's 1805 publication, "History of the Rise, Progress and Termination of the American Revolution") are included.

Thomas Jefferson Digital Archive
The University of Virginia offers over 1,700 electronic texts by or to Jefferson as well as writings about Jefferson. Included is the Jeffersonian Cyclopedia with the added feature of searching for quotations by keyword.

Thomas Jefferson, an Exhibit from the Library of Congress
The exhibit on Jefferson's extraordinary written legacy traces his intellectual development from his earliest days in the Piedmont to an ever-expanding realm of influence in republican Virginia, the American Revolutionary government, the creation of the American nation, and the revolution in individual rights in America and the world.

Thomas Jefferson Papers: An Electronic Archive
The Massachusetts Historical Society presents manuscripts from their collection. Among them are a draft of the Declaration of Independence, Notes on the State of Virginia, Jefferson's Farm Book, 1774-1824, Garden Book, 1766-1824, catalogs of books and architectural drawings. Searchable transcriptions are available for the Farm Book, Garden Book and Declaration of Independence.

Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress
Documents digitized include correspondence, commonplace books, financial account books, and manuscript volumes ranging in date from 1606 to 1827.

The Marquis de Lafayette Collection
The microfilm collection of Lafayette is described in detail and selected documents have been translated and transcribed, including his description of the battle of Yorktown.

Pennsylvania Gazette, 1728-1800
Thousands of articles, editorials, letters, news items and advertisements cover the Western Hemisphere, from the Canadian Maritime Provinces, through the West Indies and North and South America, giving a detailed glimpse of issues and lifestyles of the times. (CWF users only; Contact Reference Desk, 565-8510, for assistance.)

Pictorial Americana. The Revolution.
Selected images from the collections of the Library of Congress.

Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
Archives Center -- National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C. The ACAH collection includes hundreds of collections of manuscripts and visual, magnetic and electronic documents related to the mission of the National Museum of American History, especially the history of advertising, history of technology, and social and cultural history.

Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800
Fire destroyed the War Department office in 1800. For decades historians believed that its files had been lost forever. This collection includes 55,000 documents on Indian affairs, veteran affairs, naval affairs (until 1798), as well as militia and army matters.

George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress
Washington, D.C., approximately 147,000 images online.

The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources 1745-1799
All 38 volumes of John C. Fitzpatrick's 1931-44 edition are reproduced by the University of Virginia.

Associations for Historians

American Antiquarian Society
A national research library of American history, literature and culture through 1876.

American Historical Association
Offers professional development opportunities, alerts to new publications, grants, etc.

Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
Resources for those involved in living historical farms, agricultural museums and outdoor museums of history and folklife.

Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture
Stay current on conferences, grants, awards and publications in the field of early American history.