Colonial America and the United States

The category 'United States History' has been subdivided into specific time periods and subject categories with a brief abstract of the kinds of primary resources represented within that subdivision. Included are also individual examples from each subcategory that are of particular interest. The Native American primary resource collections have been listed seperately. Check the catolog to find the location of the individual title.

Native American History

United States History

Discovery and exploration
Journals, diaries, memoirs, travel narratives, letters.

1) The diario of Christopher Columbus’ first voyage to America. 2) The northmen Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503 3) Description of the Indies (Vazquez de Espenosa, ca. 1620). 3) Virginia richly valued 1609 (Hakluyt) 4) Early Narratives of the Northwest, 1634-1699.  5) Two Worlds: the Indian encounter with the European, 1492-1509 6) Briefe and true relation of the discouerie of the north part of Virginia  7) A briefe and true report of the new found land of Virginia, by Thomas Harriot. 8) The complete works of Captain John Smith (1580-1631).

Colonial America
Journals, memoirs, government documents, newspapers, military documents, letters, court documents.

1) Journal of a voyage to New York and a tour in several American colonies in 1679-1680 2) The travels of John Heckewelder in frontier America (ca. 1740’s) 3) Journal of Jasper Danckaertes. 1679-1680 4) Voyages from Holland to America, 1632-1644 5) Proceedings and debates of British Parliaments respecting North America, 1542-1754 6) Original lists of persons of quality who went from Great Britain to the American plantations, 1600-1700 7) Political annals of the present United Colonies, from their settlement to the peace of 1763, 1600-1775. 7) Boston under military rule, 1768-1769, as revealed in a Journal  of the times. 8) Diary of Anna Green Winslow, a Boston school girl of 1771. 9) Correspondence of Jeremias van Rensselaer, 1651-1674 and Correspondence of Maria van Rensselaer, 1669-1689. 10) Fort Orange Court Minutes, 1652-1660. 11) The genesis of the United States; a narrative of the movement in England, 1605-1616, which resulted in the plantation of North America by Englishmen, disclosing the contest between England and Spain for the possession of the soil now occupied by the United States of America; set forth through a series of historical manuscripts now first printed, together with a reissue of rare contemporaneous tracts, accompanied by bibliographical memoranda, notes, and brief biographies, collected, arranged, and edited by Alexander Brown ... with 100 portraits, maps and plans.

American Revolution
Letters, government documents, journals, political tracts, soldiers' diaries (American, British, Hessian).

1) The letters of Lafayette to Washington, 1777-1799 2) Diplomatic correspondence of the American revolution 3) Indian affairs papers; American revolution 4) Documents of the American revolution, 1770-1783 5) New York State. Minutes of the commissioners for detecting and defeating conspiracies, 1778-1781 6) Pamphlets of the American revolution,1750-1765 7) Tracts of the American revolution, 1763-1776 8) The Crisis ( Tom Paine) 9) The American revolution through British eyes 10) A citizen-soldier in the American revolution – the diary of Benjamin Gilbert in Massachusetts and New York 11) The journal of Samuel Curwen, loyalist 12) Diary of the American war, a Hessian journal 13) Baroness von Riedesel and the American revolution, journal and correspondence of a tour of duty, 1776-1783 14) An eyewitness account of the American revolution and New England life, the journal of J.F. Wasmus, German company surgeon, 1776-1783

Letters, papers, documents, presidential papers.

1) Political correspondence and public papers of Aaron Burr 2) The diaries of George Washington, 1748-1799 3) The papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1760-1796 4) The Republic of letters : the correspondence between Jefferson and Madison, 1776-18265) The papers of James Madison 6) History of American presidential elections, 1789-1968.

War of 1812 – Mexican War
Letters, documents, journals.

1) The naval war of 1812, a documentary history 2) The papers of Willie Person Mangum 3) Correspondence of James K. Polk 4) The papers of Andrew Jackson 5) Monterray is ours: the Mexican War letters of Lt. Dana, 1845-1847 6) Volunteers: the Mexican War journal of Private Richard Coulter and Sgt. Thomas Barclay.

Slavery and Abolition
Documents, slave narratives, letters, newspapers, magazines.

1) Documents illustrative of the history of the slave trade to America (v. 104) 2) Free at last: a documentary history of slavery, freedom and the Civil War 3) Incidents in the life of a slave girl, written by herself 4) "Dear Master": letters of a slave family 5) The letters of William Lloyd Garrison 6) The Frederick Douglass papers 7) Reminiscences of Levi Coffin: the reputed president of the Underground Railroad 8) Documents of upheaval: selections from William Lloyd Garrison’s "The Liberator" 9) The Black Abolitionist Papers 10) The Anglo-African Magazine.

Civil War and Reconstruction
Union and Confederate documents, newspaper excerpts, letters, diaries, pamphlets, soldiers’ reminiscences, memoirs.

1) Freedom: a documentary history of Emancipation, 1861-1867 2) "Right or wrong, God Judge me": the writings of John Wilkes Booth 3) War of the Rebellion: official records of the Union and Confederate armies (over 60 vol.) 4) The papers of Jefferson Davis 5) I rode with Stonewall ( a soldier’s memoir) 6) Journal of a Secesh lady: the diary of Catherine Edmondston 7) A Mexican view of America in the 1860’s: a foreign diplomat describes the Civil War and Reconstruction 8) Dear Mr. Lincoln: letters to the President.

Exploration of the West & Southwest; Settling & Expansion to the West
Letters, journals, exploration narratives of explorers, settlers,  guides & trappers, gold “rushers”, military, women pioneers & army wives.

1) Covered wagon women: diaries & letters from the western trails, 1840-1890  v. 1-11  2) Journals of forty-niners, Salt Lake to Los Angeles   3)  Central route to the Pacific: with related material on railroad explorations and Indian affairs 4)  Relations with the Indians of the Plains, 1857-1861: a documentary account of the military campaigns and negotiations of Indian agents, with reports and journals of P.G. Lowe, R.M. Peck, J.E.B. Stuart, S.D. Sturgis and other official papers  5) Handcarts to Zion: the story of a unique western migration, 1856-1860; with contemporary journals, accounts, reports, and rosters of members of the ten handcart companies 6) Expeditions of John Charles Frémont 7) Journals of Zebulon Montgomery Pike: with letters and related documents 8) Original journals of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, 1804-1806  9) The Colonel’s lady on the western frontier: the correspondence of Alice Kirk Grierson 10) A lady’s experience in the Wild West in 1883 11) Army letters from an officer’s wife, 1871-1888 12) Relations with the Indians of the Plains, 1857-1861 : a documentary account of the military campaigns, and negotiations of Indian agents, with reports and journals of P.G. Lowe, R.M. Peck, J.E.B. Stuart, S.D. Sturgis, and other official papers  13) Eye-witnesses to wagon trains west 14) Ho for California: women’s overland diaries from the Huntington Library

Post Reconstruction to WWI
Diaries, papers, speeches, photographs. [See also the section on Europe for primary resource materials relating to American involvement in World War I and its aftermath].

1) The diary of James A. Garfield 2) Images of America (photographs) 3) The letters of Lewis O. Brandeis 4) The papers of Ulysses S. Grant 5) The Rough Riders (by Theodore Roosevelt).

War Years
Memoirs, papers, documents, letters. [See also other regional sections, in particular on Europe and Asia for primary resource materials relating to American involvement in regional conflicts and wars].

1) United States. Papers relating to the foreign relations of the United States and Japan, 1931-1941 2) Roosevelt and foreign affairs, 1933-1939 3) Addresses upon the American road, 1933-1938 4) Way of a fighter: the memoirs of Claire Lee Chennault 5) Thirty years of treason: excerpts from hearings before the House Committee on Un-American Activities .

1945 – Present
Papers, letters, speeches, Congressional hearings, official documents. [See also other regional sections, in particular on Asia for primary resource materials relating to American involvement in regional conflicts and wars].

1) United States. U.S. policy with respect to mainland China, hearings before the Committee on Foreign Relations, 1966 2) The papers of Adlai E. Stevenson, 1900-1965 3) What hope to leave behind: the essential essays of Eleanor Roosevelt 4) Report of the Warren Commission on the assassination of President Kennedy 5) The White House tapes 6) Time to heal : an autobiography of Gerald Ford 7) The Pentagon papers, Department of Defense, a history of United States decisionmaking on Vietnam 8) Report of the Congressional committees investigating the Iran-Contra affair.

Civil Rights and the African-American Experience
Documents, speeches, memoirs

1) Great documents in black American history 2) The voice of black America: major speeches by Negroes in the United States, 1797-1971 3) In the cage: eyewitness accounts of the freed Negro in Southern society, 1872-1929 4) Let freedom ring: a documentary history of the modern civil rights movement 5) Manual for direct action: strategy and tactics for Civil Rights and all other non-violent protest movements 6) Letters from Mississippi 7) The correspondence of W.E.B. Du Bois 8) The papers of Martin Luther King, Jr. 9) I’m somebody important: young black voices from rural Georgia 10) The Playboy interviews (Alex Haley) 11) Having our say: the Delany sisters.

The Immigrant Experience
Letters, memoirs, documents

1) News from the land of freedom: German immigrants write home 2) Miriam’s kitchen : a memoir 3) A documentary history of the Jews in the United States 4) Mexican voices, American dreams 5) An American in the making.

US Local History (various time periods)
Plantation diaries, records, letters, etc.

1) Southampton Slave Revolt of 1831: a compilation of source material (Virginia ) 2) Ten years on a Georgia Plantation (Georgia) 3) Civil War Diary of Clara Solomon: growing up in New Orleans (Louisiana) 4) Star Creek Papers  (Louisiana, lynching) 5) Mistress of Evergreen Plantation: Rachel O’Connor’s legacy of letters, 1823-1845 (Louisiana) 6) Hold dear, as always: Jette, A German immigrant life in letters (Missouri) 7) Bachelor Bess: the homesteading letters of Elizabeth Corey, 1909-1919 (South Dakota) 8) Emily, the diary of a hard-worked woman (Colorado) 9)  Anza’s California Expeditions (trans. from orig. Spanish), (California)  10) Longtime Californ’: a documentary study of an American Chinatown (California). 11) California Emigrant letters (California). 12) Glorious Revolution in Massachusetts: selected documents 1689-1692 (Massachusetts). 13) The Diary and letters of His Excellency Thomas Hutchinson, Esq.: captain-general and governor-in-chief of his late Majesty’s province of Massachusetts Bay in North America (Massachusetts). 14) Historic chronicles of New Amsterdam, colonial New York, and early Long Island (New York).15) Mohawk Valley in the Revolution (New York) 16) Rivington’s New York newspaper: excerpts from a loyalist press 1773-1783 (New York). 17) Portal to America: the Lower East Side, 1870-1925 (New York). 18) William Penn’s own account of the Lenni Lenape or Delaware Indians (Pennsylvania). 19) Papers of William Penn (Pennsylvania). 20) Delaware Papers 1648-1682 (Delaware - Dutch & English Periods). 21) Maryland Revolutionary Papers (Maryland). 22) Life and Labor on Argyle Island: letters and documents of a Savannah River rice plantation, 1833-1867 (Georgia). 22) Santa Anna's campaign against Texas, 1835-1836; featuring the field commands issued to Major General Vicente Filisola (Texas).


Native American History
Memoirs and correspondence of Europeans residing with Native Americans (explorers, scholars, missionaries, employees of the Office of Indian Affairs), captivity narratives, state and federal government documents, memoirs from Indian wars (Custer, etc.), treaties, Native American folktales and legends, autobiographies, materials on contemporary issues.

1) Personal memoirs of a residence of thirty years with the Indian tribes of the American frontiers (Henry Schoolcraft, 1812-1842). 2)The journals of Samuel Kirkland (18thcentury missionary to the Iroquois). 3) Moravian journals relating to Central New York, 1745-1766. 4) The Garland library of narratives of North American Indian captives. 5) Women’s Indian captivity narratives. 6) The official correspondence of James S. Calhoun while Indian agent at Santa Fe and superintendent of Indian Affairs in New Mexico. 7) New York (State). Report of the special committee to investigate the Indian problem of the state of New York, 1888.  8) South Carolina. Documents relating to Indian Affairs, 1750-1754. 9) So dreadfull a judgment: Puritan responses to King Philip’s War, 1676-1677. 10) Reminiscences of the 2nd Seminole War. 11) With Custer on the Little Big Horn. 12) Great documents in American Indian history. 13) Treaties, land cessions and other U.S. Congressional documents relative to American Indian tribes. 14) United States. Treaties and agreements and the proceedings of the treaties and agreements of the tribes and bands… (multivolumed set). 15) Traditional narratives of the Arikara Indians (v. 1-4). 16) Mourning Dove, a Salishan autobiography. 17) Native American Testimony: a chronicle of Indian-white relations from prophecy to the present, 1492-1992. 18) United States. Indian health care (1986). 19) Leonard Peltier trial transcript disk collection.