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United States History

Customized guides to research for specific HIS courses

"For the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor"


[R] American National Biography. 26 vols. Oxford, 1999.
CT213 .A68 Fl.1

[R] Dictionary of American History. New York: Scribner, 1976. E174 .D52 Fl.1


[R] Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies.
C. Scribner's Sons, 1993. E 45 .E53 1993 Fl. 1

European Colonies in America

LCSH for Colonial period 1600-1775 (click link)


[R] The American Revolution, 1775-1783: An Encyclopedia.
Garland, 1993. E 208 .A433 Fl.1

LCSH for Revolutionary period 1775-1800 (click link)

LCSH for Foreign relations during Revolution (click link)

dunking test for witch[P] Humphrey, Carol Sue, The Revolutionary Era: Primary Documents on Events from 1776 to 1800 Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003.

[P] Voices from Colonial America
(Primary source collections in Burke Library)

[P] Founders Online (National Archives and Records Administration) 
     Searchable by author, recipient, and time period

Continental Congress

   Journals of the Continental Congress

   Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789

[P] Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789  
JK 1033 .L47 26 vols. Fl. 2

[P] Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789 
J 10 .A5 30 vols. Fl. 2

Subject: Continental Congress AND Sources

American State Papers

Benjamin Franklin, etc.

au:Franklin, Benjamin

su:Franklin, Benjamin

su:Jefferson, Thomas Views

American Loyalists

LCSH for Loyalists (click the link)


Biographical Reference

American National Biography. CT213 .A68 28 vols. Fl.1


Founders Online (National Archives and Records Administration) Searchable by author, recipient, and time period

Salem Witch Trials (primary source archive)

Document archive and transcriptions

French and Indian War

LCSH for French and Indian War (click the link)

Debating the Constitution

The Debate on the Constitution : Federalist and Antifederalist speeches, articles, and letters.
JK 155 .D33 1993 (2 volumes) Fl. 2

Contains writings, debates, and speeches from 1787-88 expressing views on the United States Constitution, both for and against ratification

The Federalist Papers

The Federalist Papers (Hathi Trust)

see especially the Index of Ideas

Constitutional Convention Debates and Anti-Federalist Papers.


[R] The Founders' Constitution. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987. 5 vols.
KF 4502 .F68 1987  Reference Fl. 1

Constitutional Convention (Philadelphia, 1787)

Ratification Debates in the States

Maier, Pauline. Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787-1788. New York:
   Simon & Schuster, 2010.  KF 4541 .M278 2010 Fl. 2