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Collection American Notes: Travels in America, 1750 to 1920

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  • The Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake Bay Region, ca. 1600-1925 comprises 139 books selected from the Library of Congress's General Collections and two books from its Rare Book and Special Collections Division. The collection includes first-person narratives, early histories, historical biographies, promotional brochures, and books of photographs that capture in words and pictures that distinctive region as it developed between the onset of European settlement and the first quarter of the twentieth century.
  • The Evolution of the Conservation Movement, 1850-1920 is an excellent resource for the early conservation writings of John Muir, Frederick Law Olmsted, and others who traveled throughout the United States documenting its natural resources and beauty and offering their insights on the nation's inhabitants.
  • "California as I Saw It": First-Person Narratives of California's Early Years, 1849-1900 covers the dramatic decades between the Gold Rush and the turn of the twentieth century. The collection captures the pioneer experience; encounters between Anglo-Americans and the diverse peoples who preceded them; the transformation of the land by mining, ranching, agriculture, and urban development; the often turbulent growth of communities and cities; and California's emergence as both a state and a place of uniquely American dreams.
  • Puerto Rico at the Dawn of the Modern Age: Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Perspectives features the early history of the commonwealth of Puerto Rico through first-person accounts, political writings, and histories drawn from the Library of Congress's General Collections. The majority of the collection is in Spanish, but English-language material includes accounts from U.S. soldiers documenting their adventures during the Spanish-American War.
  • Pioneering the Upper Midwest: Books from Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, ca. 1820-1910 portrays the states of Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century through first-person accounts, biographies, promotional literature, local histories, ethnographic and antiquarian texts, colonial archival documents, and other works drawn from the Library of Congress's General Collections and Rare Books and Special Collections Division. The collection's 138 volumes depict the land and its resources; the conflicts between settlers and Native peoples; the experience of pioneers, missionaries, soldiers, immigrants, and reformers; the growth of local communities and local cultural traditions; the development of regional and national leadership in agriculture, business, medicine, politics, religion, law, journalism, education; and the role of women.

External Links

  • HathiTrust External Digital Library is digital repository for public domain and in-copyright content from a variety of sources. Search the catalog for "United States--Description and travel" or "travel writing" as a subject.
  • Internet Archive External is a library of millions of digitized books, videos, audio files, software, images, and more. Search “United States--Description and travel” or "travel writing" or "travel narrative" to find hundreds of items on this site.
  • The Making of America External site at Cornell, although journal oriented, has digitized 267 monograph volumes, a small number of which are travel narratives.
  • Project Gutenberg External puts "famous and important" texts online for free use. Search on the subject term "travel" under Library of Congress classification E to retrieve a list of published travel-related items on this site.
  • The Online Books Page from the University of Pennsylvania External contains a number of titles that link to other sites containing free online text. Browse subjects under the E and F classifications to locate travel narratives. To locate specific authors and titles, use the title and author search options.
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