The Periodicals of the British Empire and Its Colonies Collection documents literature of the British Empire, specifically focusing on colonial North America. Many of the periodicals were printed in Europe, Canada or appear as publications reissued in America. A few titles come from Asia.
Notable editors and contributors include Joseph Addison, Daniel Defoe, Samuel Johnson, Thomas Paine, and Richard Steele. As a whole, these titles provide scholars with a unique insight into the colonies’ complex relationship with European home countries as they developed their own identity in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The periodicals can be searched and accessed via the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodical Collection.