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Early American History Resources in the Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center has extensive holdings of manuscripts and rare books dealing with early American history. This guide describes the bulk of those holdings, although it is not a comprehensive list.

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A Few Useful Subject Headings

A Few Useful Subject Headings:

  • Colonial Period (ca. 1609-1774)
  • Jamestown (Va.) -- History
  • United States -- History -- Revolution
  • Virginia -- History -- Colonial Period
  • Williamsburg -- History -- Colonial Period


These are just a few databases you may find helpful in your research and you may want to consult Swem Library's Databases page for even more resources that may be of use.