Most people today think of the War for Independence as a purely secular event, a chapter in political, constitutional, military, and diplomatic history.
At One View, The Newberry is an especially rich resource for the study of Early American history. Some types of primary sources one might find include colonial records; published state archives; historical and genealogical society papers; state, county and town histories; newspapers and periodicals; missionary accounts; travel literature; diaries, sermons and hymns; Indian captivity narratives; and historical monographs.
These original sources are complemented by later published editions of primary sources, such as the Early American Imprints and Early American Newspapers microfilm series. Colonial Period Attempting to include all phases in the development of European colonies in the Americas, the Newberry has an abundance of primary source material documenting the British, French, Spanish and Portuguese colonies.
Like other subject areas within American history, the Ayer and Ruggles collections have a wealth of material for the study of the Colonial Period.
The Newberry, often within the Ayer collection, has many important sources on the history of the French colonies. Some of the special sources of note are A complete set of the Jesuit Relations in original Cramoisy editions Multiple editions of Hennepin and Champlain And many other items, printed and manuscript, are essential sources on the history of the French colonies in North America.
No less interested in those sections of the continent that were formerly under Spanish dominion, the Newberry has collected extensively for the history of Mexico and Latin America for the period of discovery, conquest, and colonization.
Some of the rare printed works include: Multiple editions of Las Casas between and The works of Oviedo and many editions of Acosta, Herrida, and Solis Many manuscripts and transcripts of archives relating to the conduct of the Spanish colonies are available at the Newberry, most often within the Ayer collection.
These collections generally consist of documents from the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries which relate to the history of the territory of the United States formerly held by Spain.
For more information see the Latin American History page. The Newberry Library has wonderful collection on the growth of colonial Brazil. In addition to the rare Portuguese colonial materials found in the Ayer collection, as a working library of Luso-Brazilian research materials, the Greenlee Collection is one of the finest in existence.
Revolutionary Era The library has a very strong collection of primary sources for the study of the Revolutionary Era. One important source for the exploration of period is a collection of over American Revolutionary pamphlets The following groups are included: Pamphlets discussing the political principles and philosophy of the colonies.
Controversial pamphlets, both British and American. Sermons, orations and other material printed to influence public opinion during the conflict. Political pamphlets reflecting on the progress and results of the Revolution. British and American state papers and the important sets of diplomatic documents printed during the period complement the pamphlet collection.
Extensive local and family history materials - for instance, a practically complete set of the publications of historical societies and colonial governments - contribute to the rich tapestry of potential sources from which to approach the Revolutionary Era.
The Ayer and Ruggles collections add to the wealth of material for the study of this era. For more information on these special collections please see their descriptions.
Here, the Library has nearly every text and more than two-thirds of the recorded editions. As for other areas of American history, the Newberry holds extensive genealogical materials - for instance, a sizable collection of New England genealogies and local histories - that contribute to the rich tapestry of potential sources from which to approach the Early Republic.
The Ayer and Ruggles collections have rare and unique sources that inform our understanding of the expansion of the young nation:In the early American colonies, the south and the north developed into two distinctly different colonies.
Although their origins were both from Europe, their customs and living habits became so different that it would play a major role in America s history.
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American History – Colonial Period, Revolutionary Era, and Early Republic. The United States: At One View, are essential sources on the history of the French colonies in North America.
Spanish Colonies: that contribute to the rich tapestry of potential sources from which to approach the Early Republic. The Ayer and Ruggles.