Library of Congress
Colonial and Early America
Exhibitions and Presentations
Multimedia resources from the Library of Congress that support instruction about Colonial and Early America. These resources include expert presentations, exhibitions, bibliographies, Webcasts, and other online materials.
- 1492: An Ongoing Voyage (Exhibition) This online exhibit focuses not only on the Northern hemisphere before 1492, but also on those who arrived from Europe and Africa in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
- American Memory Timeline: Colonial Settlement, 1600s-1763 (Presentation) Explore America's early settlement through primary documents from the period.
- The Atlantic World: The Dutch in America (International) Learn about Dutch involvement in the exploration and settlement of North America. This collection includes a variety of maps
- The Buccaneers of America, 1678 (Exhibition) This interactive book features an eyewitness account of 17th century privateers. Illustrations, translations and narrations are included.
- The Cultures and History of the Americas: The Jay I. Kislak Collection at the Library of Collection (Exhibition) This exhibition focuses on the early Americas from the time of the indigenous people of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean through the period of European contact, exploration, and settlement.
Of special interest is a page from George Washington’s 1762 almanac.
- Exploring the Early Americas: The Jay I. Kislak Collection (Exhibition) This exhibition examines indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and Europeans, and the changes caused by the meeting of the two worlds. Rare maps are featured throughout the exhibition.
- France in America (International) This collaborative digital library explores the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century.
- George Washington Papers Timeline (Presentation) This timeline links to selected documents covering the Colonial Period, the American Revolution and the Early Republic.
- A Guide to the American Revolution, 1763-1783 (Library of Congress Bibliography) This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the American Revolution from the Library of Congress Web site and beyond.
- Historial Paralelas: Parallel Histories (International) Examine the history of Spanish expansion into North America in this international multimedia portal.
- The Jamestown Records of the Virginia Company of London (Presentation) Learn about the preservation of the Jamestown Records.
- John Bull and Uncle Sam: Exploration and Settlement (Exhibition) This section of the John Bull and Uncle Sam exhibition examines the exploration and settlement of America from British and American points of view.
- Map Collections: Discovery and Exploration (American Memory Collection) This section of Maps Collections features early discovery and exploration maps and manuscripts.
- Map of the British Plantations on the Continent of North America (Document) This 1750s map includes colonial histories in the margins.
- Mapping the American Revolution and Its Era (Presentation)
Learn about cartography during the Revolutionary era.
- Religion and the Founding of the American Republic (Exhibition) What role did religion play in the founding of the American colonies? This exhibit examines books, manuscripts, letters, prints, paintings, artifacts and music related to this theme.
- Science and Technology in 18th Century America (Science Reference Services) This guide lists sources that chronicle the history of science, invention, medicine and technology in colonial America.
- Settlement and Colonial Life (Prints and Photographs) View a selection of images depicting early American life from the online version of Pictorial Americana.
- Sketch of Ante-Revolutionary History (Document) This chapter from Eliot's Debates (Volume 1) outlines the early history of the 13 colonies.
- State of the British and French Colonies in North America (Document) This 1755 book, in the form of two letters, describes the North American colonies "with respect to number of peoples, forces, forts, Indians, trade and other advantages."
- Thanksgiving in American Memory (Presentation) Investigate the American tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving. Don't miss the Thanksgiving Timeline!
- Today in History (November 25) Thanksgiving Day (Today in History) On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans give thanks for their good fortune by celebrating the national holiday of Thanksgiving.
- Virginia Records Timeline, 1553-1743 (Presentation) This timeline from the Thomas Jefferson Papers outlines the early history of Virginia.
- Virtual Reference Shelf: History (Internet Resources) Explore early settlement and colonial resources on Web sites selected by LOC experts.