Colonial North America: Houghton Library

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Colonial North America: Houghton Library
Colonial North America at Harvard Library provides access to remarkable and wide-ranging materials digitized as part of an ongoing, multi-year project. When complete, the project will make available to the world approximately 650,000 digitized pages of all known archival and manuscript materials in the Harvard Library that relate to 17th- and 18th-century North America. Each item is connected to countless stories—of lives lived quietly and extravagantly, of encounters peaceful and volatile, and of places near and far – providing an opportunity to travel back in time, to rethink familiar stories, and to discover new ones.
Brasseur. Tableau de l’administration des Isles sous le Vent par M. le Brassuer : ancien administrateur par interim des dites îles : manuscript, [ca. 1780]. MS Fr 557. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Brasseur. Tableau de l’administration des Isles sous le Vent par M. le Brassuer : ancien administrateur par interim des dites îles : manuscript, [ca. 1780]. MS Fr 557. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Summary: Concerns conditions in the French colonies in the West Indies about 1780, in particular conditions on the island of Santo Domingo.

354 pages: 6% complete (59% translated, 49% needs review)
Brudenell, Edward. Edward Brudenell letterbook on loyalists, 1785-1786. MS Can 48, volume 1. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Brudenell, Edward. Edward Brudenell letterbook on loyalists, 1785-1786. MS Can 48, volume 1. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

History note: Brudenell was an agent for American loyalists. Summary Contains manuscript copies of correspondence and documents relating to the settlement of American loyalists in Digby, Nova Scotia. Includes maps of distribution of land, copies of grants, street and other property...

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342 pages: 42% complete (48% transcribed, 5% needs review)
Campion, John. An account of the capture of St. Johns by the French : manuscript, 1709 May 14. MS Can 73 (2). Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Campion, John. An account of the capture of St. Johns by the French : manuscript, 1709 May 14. MS Can 73 (2). Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

French and Native Americans captured the English settlement of St. Johns (21 Dec. 1708), bringing the eastern shore under French control.

2 pages: 0% complete (100% transcribed, 100% needs review)
Carrefour de La Pelouze, Pierre-Joseph, 1738-1808. Voyage et campagnes au Canada : manuscript, 1757-1760. MS Can 8. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Carrefour de La Pelouze, Pierre-Joseph, 1738-1808. Voyage et campagnes au Canada : manuscript, 1757-1760. MS Can 8. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Summary: Describes his voyage to Canada from Brest, and his observations of military operations and Indians while in Louisbourg, Québec, and Fort Carillon.

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106 pages: 3% complete (3% translated)
Church, Benjamin, 1734-1778. Commonplace book : of poetry : manuscript, 1750-1752. MS Am 1369. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Church, Benjamin, 1734-1778. Commonplace book : of poetry : manuscript, 1750-1752. MS Am 1369. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Contains poems by Church (A.B. 1754) and transcriptions of poems by Mather Byles (A.B. 1751), Samuel Quincy (A.B. 1754), and other Harvard students.

32 pages: 6% complete (100% transcribed, 94% needs review)
Church, Samuel, 1755-1826. A poetical jumble, vivified from the rubbish of chaos : humbly dedicated to the goddess of silence / S. Melancholicus : manuscript, 1786. MS Am 1894, volume 1. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Church, Samuel, 1755-1826. A poetical jumble, vivified from the rubbish of chaos : humbly dedicated to the goddess of silence / S. Melancholicus : manuscript, 1786. MS Am 1894, volume 1. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Transcriptions of poems and essays. Table of contents is at front of each volume. Samuel Church received his A.B. from Harvard in 1778.

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174 pages: 2% complete (47% transcribed, 44% needs review)
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