Colonial and Revolutionary America

Colonial and Revolutionary America Primary Sources

This is a subpage of the Primary Sources collection.


Early Americas Digital Archives (documents and texts from the period 1492-1820):

American Founding Era (at UVA):

Cabeza de Vaca (colonial Spanish exploring the American Midwest and Southwest)

Resources for the Midwest/Central North America from colonial to present day:

Digital History Center at Colonial Williamsburg

Virginia Gazette (colonial era):

Early American Newspapers

Maryland & Virginia Probate Records, 1740 to 1810:

Archives of Maryland Online (with digitized records going back to the 1600s):

Geography of Slavery in Virginia (and runaway ads):

American State Papers 1789–1838 (through the Library of Congress):

U.S. Congressional Documents and Debates:

Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress- 1774–Present

Library of Congress Online Collections (browse by topic):
or digital collections home:

John Jay Papers online at Columbia:

Papers of the War Department (1784-1800):