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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: 5% indexed, 5% translated, 19% 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: 6% indexed, 40% transcribed, 4% 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
Coulon de Villiers, Louis, 1710-1757. Journal de la campagne de M[onsieu]r de Villiers depuis son arrivée au fort du Quesne jusqu’à son retour audit fort : manuscript, 1754. MS Can 9. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Coulon de Villiers, Louis, 1710-1757. Journal de la campagne de M[onsieu]r de Villiers depuis son arrivée au fort du Quesne jusqu’à son retour audit fort : manuscript, 1754. MS Can 9. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

History note: Coulon de Villiers was an officer in command of colonial regular troops at Fort Duquesne (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Summary: Diary describes ambush of his brother's Canadian troop by the Virginia militia under George Washington, subsequent battle to avenge his death, and articles of...

21 pages: 10% indexed, 10% translated
De Brahm, John Gerar William, 1717-approximately 1799. History of the three provinces South Carolina, Georgia, and East Florida : manuscript, [after 1771]. MS Am 824. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

De Brahm, John Gerar William, 1717-approximately 1799. History of the three provinces South Carolina, Georgia, and East Florida : manuscript, [after 1771]. MS Am 824. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

History note: De Brahm was appointed Surveyor General for the Southern District of North America by George III in 1761. Summary: Report, commissioned by George III, concerning physical and historical surveys of South Carolina, Georgia, and East Florida, with information on religion, the...

428 pages: 2% indexed, 4% transcribed, 4% needs review
Flynt, Josiah, -1680. Sermons : manuscript, [16--]. MS Am 802. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Flynt, Josiah, -1680. Sermons : manuscript, [16--]. MS Am 802. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

History note: Flynt (A. B. 1664) was a minister in Dorchester, Mass. Summary: Sermons concerning passages from Luke, Matthew, Ephesians, Isaiah, and other books.

382 pages: 2% indexed, 3% transcribed, 20% needs review
France. Ministère de la marine. Documents concerning New France : manuscript, [16--]. MS Can 37. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

France. Ministère de la marine. Documents concerning New France : manuscript, [16--]. MS Can 37. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Contents: 1. Extrait du regré des depesches et avis expedions concernans les Indes orientales, occidentalles et la Nouvelle france de l'année 1674 (3 p.) -- 2. Memoire des marchandises qu'on peut envoyer de Marseille en Canada (4 p.) -- 3. Memoire pour Quebecq [a list of Indian artifacts...

15 pages: 33% indexed, 33% translated
Hall, Hugh. Letter book : manuscript, 1716-1718. MS Am 1042. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Hall, Hugh. Letter book : manuscript, 1716-1718. MS Am 1042. Houghton Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

Summary: Copies of letters dated at London, Barbados, and Boston, concerning personal matters, social life, and commerce, chiefly shipping, in Barbados and Boston.

286 pages: 1% indexed, 10% transcribed, 9% needs review
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