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American Archives



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"American archives: consisting of a collection of authentick records, state papers, debates, and letters and other notices of publick affairs, the whole forming a documentary history of the origin and progress of the North American colonies; of the causes and accomplishment of the American revolution; and of the Constitution of government for the United States, to the final ratification thereof. In six series ..." (from title page)

Compiled by Peter Force, The American Archives was designed to document the early history of the United States from the colonial settlements to the ratification of the Constitution, covering the years 1688-1787. But in the forty years Force was collecting material, only nine volumes were published, and these focused only on the years 1774-1776. Of these nine volumes, the library owns but a few. See below for a listing.

These texts are considered rare and are stored in the West Campus vault. Volumes cannot be checked out and must be used in the library reading area. Ask the circulation staff for specific volumes and/or years for review and they will be brought to the reading area. Please note: this set is stored in 176-A-1.

Present Holdings:

Fourth Series (1774-1775), volumes 1, 4, and 6 "From the King's Message of March 7th, 1774, to the Declaration of Independance, by the United States, in 1776."
Fifth Series (1776), volumes 1, 2, and 3 "From the Declaration of Independance, in 1776, to the Definitive Treaty of Peace with Great Britan, in 1783."
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