United States. Continental Congress. PAPERS OF THE CONTINENTAL CONGRESS, 1774-1789.
Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1959.
National Archives microfilm publications. Microcopy no. M 247; v. National Archives record group 360.
From its first meeting in Philadelphia on September 5, 1774, to discuss common grievances against the British, the Continental Congress functioned as the first national government until the implementation of the Constitution in 1789. This collection includes material on foreign affairs, fiscal affairs, military and naval problems, and a postal system. The Congress struggled to fight the Revolution, solicit foreign assistance from European powers, and, after the Treaty of Paris in 1783, conduct domestic and foreign affairs under the Articles of Confederation. Finally, to overcome the weaknesses of the Articles government, a new constitution was ratified after a bitter battle between Federalists and anti-Federalists. This new instrument of government replaced the Continental Congress in 1789.
An uncataloged guide, Papers of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789, is available in the Special Collections Office. The guide contains background information on the collection, titles of related documents, an annotated table of reel contents, and an index to the entire collection.
United States. Supreme Court. REVOLUTIONARY WAR PRIZE CASES: RECORDS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS IN CASES OF CAPTURE 1776-1787.
Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1954.
National Archives microfilm publications. Microcopy no. M 162; v. National Archives record group 267
Reproduced are records of prize cases heard on appeal from colonial and state courts by committees of the Continental Congress and by the Court of Appeals in cases of capture. The cases constitute a valuable source of documentary material for the maritime and commercial history of the Revolutionary War and for the development of admiralty law. The printed guide indexes by claimant, appellant and name of ship, and lists appeal-committee members.
An uncataloged guide, Revolutionary War Prize Cases, is available in the Special Collections Office, and is also reproduced on the first reel.
United States. War Department. REVOLUTIONARY WAR ROLLS, 1775-1783.
Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1957.
National Archives microfilm publications. Microcopy no. M 246; v. National Archives record group 93
The service records for regiments, companies, battalions, and militias in Connecticut, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Continental troops are filmed. The records are arranged by state and then by unit. The company commander and his dates of command are given. Muster rolls, payrolls, and miscellaneous other company records are filmed.
Military Service Records: a Select Catalog of National Archives Microfilm Publications. Also, the first reel is an index arranged by state, regiment (or other grouping), and jacket (envelope) number.
United States. National Archives and Records Administration. Military service records : a select catalog of National Archives microfilm publications..
The guide provides background on the various collections and indicates the alphabetical range for each reel.
WALES AND AMERICA: AMERICAN MATERIAL FROM THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF WALES.
East Ardsley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England: Microform, 1984.
British Records Relating to America in Microform
This collection contains a wide selection of items, relating to links between Wales and America. The material is divided into ten consecutive sections ranging from "The Colonial Years, 1600-1800" to a section on literary connections between the two countries. Section three is devoted to material relating to the legend of the Welsh prince Madoc who is said to have discovered America in the twelfth century. It contains transcripts from the papers of Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir John Hawkins concerning the legend. Within the other sections the researcher will encounter such subjects as colonial taxation and trade, the Revolutionary War, Welsh emigration to America, the Civil War, slavery, and David Lloyd George. Also included is material relating to the Welsh cultural festival of the Eisteddfod.
The guide contains notes on the provenance of each of the sections. It also includes a complete annotated list of the records as they appear on the microfilm.
Washington, George, 1732-1799. GEORGE WASHINGTON PAPERS.
Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1961.
Presidential papers microfilm
The Washington papers, numbering 64,786 pages, were arranged in eight series: 1) Exercise books and diaries (1741-99), 2) Letterbooks (1754-99), 3) Varick transcripts (1775-83), 4) General correspondence (1697-1799), 5) Financial papers (1750-96), 6) Military papers (1755-98), 7) Applications (1789-96), and 8) Miscellaneous papers (1775-99). The material deals with Washington's relations with the Continental Congress, his command of the Continental Army, his presidency, and other aspects of his career. Principal correspondents include Benedict Arnold, Clement Biddle, George and James Clinton, Bartholomew Dandridge, Horatio Gates, Nathanael Greene, Alexander Hamilton, Robert Harrison, William Heath, Robert Howe, David Humphreys, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Knox, Lafayette, Tobias Lear, Henry Lee Jr., Benjamin Lincoln, William Livingston, Alexander McDougall, James McHenry, William Maxwell, Robert Morris, Stephen Moylan, Samuel Parsons, Timothy Pickering, Israel Putman, Edmund Randolph, Joseph Reed, Rochambeau, Philip Schuyler, Charles Scott, John Sullivan, Benjamin Tallmadge, and Jonathan Trumbull.
Library of Congress. Manuscript Division. Index to the George Washington papers.
This name index lists names of writers and recipients of letters. Diaries, general orders, and survey records are indexed under President Washington's name.
WYKEHAM MARTIN PAPERS: MATERIAL RELATING TO THE PROBLEMS OF SETTLEMENT IN AMERICA, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE.
East Ardsley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England: Micro Methods, 1969.
British records relating to America in microform
In 1649, along with other cavaliers, John Culpeper was granted the Northern Neck in Virginia by Charles II. At the Restoration in 1660 he returned to England. When he died the same year, the estates passed to the related Fairfax, Martin, and Wykeham families. Papers of these families illustrate the difficulties inherent in owning American property after the American Revolution. The focus of this series is the large property in Virginia, which finally escheated (reverted to the government) after the war. The papers include family correspondence dealing mostly with the finances of the estate (rents, debts, revenues) and with the attempts to regain the property after the War of Independence. Some of the letters describe current events like the wars with the French in the 1740's and 1750's, the unrest in America after the Stamp Act, Indian incursions, the Jacobite rebellion in Scotland in 1745/46.
A description of the collection and its arrangement appears at the beginning of the reel.
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