by Mark F. Hall, Digital Reference Specialist
The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a variety of material associated with the French and Indian War (the North American part of the Seven Years' War), including manuscripts, maps, and prints. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the French and Indian War that are available throughout the Library of Congress Web site. In addition, it provides links to external Web sites focusing on the French and Indian War and a bibliography containing selections for both general and younger readers.
Library of Congress Web Site | External
Web Sites | Selected Bibliography
American Revolution and Its Era: Maps and Charts of North
America and the West Indies, 1750-1789
The maps and charts in this collection number well over
two thousand different items, with easily as many or more
unnumbered duplicates, many with distinct colorations
and annotations. Almost six hundred maps are original
manuscript drawings from the beginnings of the French and Indian War through the end of the American Revolution.
Washington Papers at the Library of Congress
The complete George Washington Papers collection from
the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists
of approximately 65,000 documents. This is the largest
collection of original Washington documents in the world.
Document types in the collection include correspondence,
letterbooks, commonplace books, diaries, journals, financial
account books, military records, reports, and notes accumulated
by Washington from 1741 through 1799. The collection includes
of Washington's life during the colonial period, with links to documents related to the French and Indian War.
Washington's perspective on the Expedition to the Ohio 31 March--27 June 1754, including the Jumonville affair that instigated the French and Indian War, can be understood from the account in the annotated version of his diaries. The collection also contains two copies of a letter from George Washington to [Virginia Lieutenant Governor] Robert Dinwiddie, July 18, 1755, in which he describes the death of General Edward Braddock in battle. The first copy is from Series 2, Letterbooks (with transcription) and the second one from Series 4, General Correspondence.
The focus of this collection is Americana and cartographic
treasures of the Library of Congress. These images were
created from maps and atlases selected from the collections
of the Geography & Map Division.
Among the collection's French and Indian War-era maps
Rochambeau Map Collection
Contains cartographic items used by Jean Baptiste Donatien
de Vimeur, comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), when he was
commander-in-chief of the French expeditionary army (1780-82)
during the American Revolution. The maps cover much of
eastern North America and date from 1717 to 1795, with many covering the period of the French and Indian War.
Treasures of the Library of Congress - Top Treasures
This online exhibition contains the Fort Ticonderoga Battle Plan.
Conceived in partnership with France’s national
library, the Bibliothèque nationale de France,
France in America/France en Amérique is a bilingual
digital library made available by the Library of Congress.
It explores the history of the French presence in North
America from the first decades of the sixteenth century
to the end of the nineteenth century, including a section
titled Imperial Struggles that focuses on the French and Indian War. The subsections on Franco-British Rivalries and The Fall of New France each contain numerous maps as well as text based materials.
Americana: Selected Images from the Collections of the Library
Pictorial Americana, a 1955
Library of Congress publication, contains a chapter listing
selected images related to the French and Indian War.
Search the Prints
and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC). Search terms: United States--History--French and Indian War, 1755-1763, and names of specific battles, sites, and individuals.
On June 4, 1754, twenty-two-year-old Colonel George Washington and his small military force were busy constructing Fort Necessity.
Fort Necessity National Battlefield Park
The official U.S. National Park Service site. Located in southwestern Pennsylvania, Fort Necessity National Battlefield commemorates George Washington's first military campaign; the opening battle of the French and Indian War. The website includes historical information.
Fort Ticonderoga, originally Fort Carillon, built by the French military between 1755 and 1759. One of a series the French built to control Lake Champlain, it was the site of two battles during the French and Indian War. The website includes historical information and images.
French and Indian War Primary Sources
A selection of primary-source documents related to the French and Indian War from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Maps of the French and Indian War
A collection of maps of the French and Indian War from the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Bookshelves: Colonial Era
The U.S. Army Center of Military History provides the
full text of online books as well as an extensive bibliography related to the military during the colonial era.
The Seven Years War Website
This site contains a variety of information on the
war, including articles on battles, regiments, and biographies of individual figures from the period.
Anderson, Fred. Crucible of
War: The Seven Years' War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766.
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, c2000.
LC call number: E199 .A59 2000 [Catalog
Borneman, Walter R. The French and Indian War: Deciding the Fate of North America. New York: Harper Collins, 2006.
LC call number: E199 .B67 2006 [Catalog Record]
Calloway, Colin G. The Scratch of a Pen: 1763 and the Transformation of North America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.
LC call number: E46 .C35 2006 [Catalog Record]
Marston, Daniel. The Seven Years'
War. Chicago and London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.
LC call number: D297 .M37 2001 [Catalog
Parkman, Francis. France and England in North America. Edited by David Levin. Vol. 2, Count Frontenac and New France under Louis XIV. A Half-Century of Conflict. Montcalm and Wolfe. New York: Literary Classics of the United States, Inc., 1983.
LC call number: F1030 .P24 1983 [Catalog Record]
Peckham, Howard H. The Colonial Wars, 1689-1762. Chicago: University of Chicago Press .
LC call number: E195 .P4 [Catalog
Gard, Carolyn. The French and Indian War: A Primary Source History of the Fight for Territory in North America. New York: Rosen Central Primary Source, 2004.
LC call number: E199 .G17 2004. [Catalog
Maestro, Betsey. Struggle for a Continent: The French and Indian Wars, 1689-1763.
New York: HarperCollins, c2000.
LC call number: E195 .M25 2000. [Catalog