Revolutionary Era - American Revolutionary War
Bill of Rights Original Proposal Draft
Karpeles Manuscript Library
A Century of Law making for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates, 1774-1873
"Beginning with the Continental Congress in 1774, America's national legislative bodies have kept records of their proceedings. 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. These documents record American history in the words of those who built our government...In order to make these records more easily accessible to students, scholars, and interested citizens, A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation brings together online the records and acts of Congress from the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention through the 43rd Congress, including the first three volumes of the Congressional Record, 1873-75."
- American Memory, Library of Congress
The David Library of the American Revolution
"...primarily a microform archive of approximately 10,000 reels that contain an estimated 8 million pages of documentation. The collection is supported by a reference collection of 40,000 books and pamphlets in both bound volumes and microcards. Although the main focus is on the American Revolution, in recent years the library has been augmenting its materials on the French and Indian War and the early national periods. Microfilm holdings currently include over 200 collections from domestic and foreign repositories."
The Declaration of Independence
"This site provides a wealth of information about the signers of the Declaration, the history of the Declaration, and an online version of the Declaration for you to read...The site also provides links to other Declaration-related biographies and histories and a guestbook where you are invited to add comments and ideas. This site is a good resource for anyone curious about the Declaration and its history, or for the student who needs resources for his or her research paper."
Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents
Sections include: Chronology of Events (June 7, 1776 to January 18, 1777) ; Drafting the Documents ; Objects in the Exhibition.
An online exhibit from the Library of Congress
The Founders' Constitution
"In this unique anthology, Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner draw on the writings of a wide array of people engaged in the problem of making popular government safe, steady, and accountable. The documents included range from the early seventeenth century to the 1830s, from the reflections of philosophers to popular pamphlets, from public debates in ratifying conventions to the private correspondence of the leading political actors of the day."
Web edition, University of Chicago Press and Liberty Fund
George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress
"The complete George Washington Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 65,000 items (176,000 pages). This first release includes forty-one letterbooks (about 8,000 pages). Document types include correspondence, letterbooks, commonplace books, diaries, journals, financial account books, military records, reports, and notes, accumulated by Washington from 1741 through 1799."
Library of Congress
George Washington Papers Homepage
"The 135,000 Washington documents now deposited in photographic form in the project's offices represent one of the richest collections of American historical manuscripts extant."
Selected documents are currently available
- University of Virginia
Intelligence in the War of Independence
Sections include: G. Washington ; Organization of Intelligence ; Intelligence Operations ; Intelligence Techniques ; Personalities.
- Publication of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1774-1789
Edited by Paul H. Smith, et al. (1976-93)
"19,000 documents written by the more than 300 persons who served as delegates to the first and second Continental Congresses during or very near the time of each person's actual service."
- Electric Text Center, University of Virginia
Rare Map Collection - Revolutionary America
The University of Georgia
Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress
"The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents. This is the largest collection of original Jefferson documents in the world. Document types in the collection as a whole include correspondence, commonplace books, financial account books, and manuscript volumes.... In its online presentation, the Thomas Jefferson Papers comprises approximately 83,000 images."
- American Memory Project, Library of Congress
University of Georgia Hargrett Library Rare Map Collection
"...maintains a collection of more than 800 historic maps spanning nearly 500 years, from the sixteenth century through the early twentieth century."
Site contents include: New World ; Colonial America ; Revolutionary America ; Revolutionary Georgia ; Union & Expansion ; American Civil War ; Frontier to New South ; Savannah & the Coast ; Transportation.
University of Michigan Clements Library
"...houses original resources for the study of American history and culture from the fifteenth to the early twentieth century."
Created and hosted by the Independence Hall Association in Philadelphia.
Feature sites include: America's Most Historic Mile ; The Electric Franklin ; Betsy Ross House ; Liberty Bell ; Valley Forge ; Brandywine Battlefield ; Revolutionary War 1777.
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