Colonial North America: Houghton Library

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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.
American husbandry : manuscript, [ca. 1775-1789]. MS Am 1563. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

American husbandry : manuscript, [ca. 1775-1789]. MS Am 1563. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Summary: Account of the climate, soil, production and agriculture of North American regions from Nova Scotia to the West Indies and west to Louisiana; organized by region. Notes: Transcription in an unidentified hand of the printed book American husbandry (London, 1775), incomplete; with a...

440 pages: 2% indexed, 89% transcribed, 11% needs review
Bradstreet, Anne, 1612?-1672. Meditations divine and morall : manuscript, [not before 1672]. MS Am 1007. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Bradstreet, Anne, 1612?-1672. Meditations divine and morall : manuscript, [not before 1672]. MS Am 1007. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

History note: Anne Bradstreet was a Puritan poet and the first female author published in America. She gave birth to eight children, including Simon and Sarah Bradstreet. Summary: Aphoristic prose paragraphs composed by Bradstreet in 1664, dedicated to her son Simon; other meditations and...

112 pages: 4% indexed, 96% transcribed, 4% needs review
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: 2% indexed, 2% translated, 6% 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 lists. End...

342 pages: 4% indexed, 23% transcribed, 1% 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.

106 pages: 3% indexed, 3% translated
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