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Print shows the harbor in Boston, Massachusetts, two ships at anchor, British soldiers and men working, merchandise on shore; an idealized view depicting Boston as a typical European city.

DATABASES

There are a number of subscription based products that in some way cover the colonial period in America, and many of them are included here. The Library of Congress subscribes to many databases though they are only available to onsite researchers. If you are not able to come to the Library of Congress, check your local or university library for availability.

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Issue 27: Spring 2017

The Colonies in America: Commerce, Business, and the Economy

Table of Contents

Introduction
General History
The Local Perspective    New resource
Statistics & Data
Internet Sources & Map Collections
Databases
LC Subject Headings

Caption (image left):
Vuë de Boston. Prospect von Boston gegen der Bucht am Hasen Vuë de Boston vers le Cale du Port.
Habermann, Franz Xaver, 1721-1796.
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

American History, 1493-1945 (Adam Matthew)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1001751~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

This collection includes digitized material from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. There are two modules with Module 1 covering the years 1493-1859 - Colonial American Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform.

British Online Archives (Microform Academic Publishers)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1001994~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

The BAO Collections are divided into twelve broad topics including British Records on the Atlantic World, (1700-1900) and Colonial & Missionary Records.

Colonial America (Adam Matthew)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1001866~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

This product contains digitized copies of 1,450 files of the CO 5 class of Colonial Office files held at The National Archives External Link in London and consists of the original correspondence between the Board of Trade and Secretaries of State and the British colonies in North America and the Caribbean. This product has 5 modules the first two of which are available: Module 1 includes Early Settlement, Expansion and Rivalries; Module 2 includes Towards Revolution; Module 3 includes The American Revolution; Module 4 includes Legislation and Politics in the Colonies; and Module 5 includes Growth, Trade and Development. Adam Matthew offers a brief video External Link with more information.

Colonial State Papers (ProQuest)
http://www.proquest.com/products-services/Colonial_State_Paper.html External Link
Not available at the Library of Congress.

This first collection (CO 1) represents thousands of papers that were presented to the Privy Council and the Board of Trade between 1574-1757, and that relate to the governance of, and activities in, the American, Canadian and West Indian colonies of England. The vendor worked in association with The National Archives External Link in London to create the product. This is a subscription database so check your local or university library for availability.

Early American Imprints, Series I Evans 1639-1800 (NewsBank/Readex)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000263~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

This database contains full-text of more than 36,000 printed works covering American history and literature through the Colonial period up to the eighteenth century; (coverage is 1639 to 1800). It contains a wide range of genres, including advertisements, broadsides, maps, trade catalogs, etc. This is a subscription database that the Library of Congress does subscribe to, but access is limited to onsite researchers, so check your local or university library for availability.

Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment (Alexander Street Press)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000686~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

This database contains unpublished and published materials that describe the interaction of peoples and events between 1534 and 1860 in North America documenting the impressions of the first European traders, missionaries, explorers, soldiers, and officials.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (Gale)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000208~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

ECCO and ECCO Part II contains digital images of over 150,000 books, broadsides, pamphlets, sermons, sheet music, and ephemera published during the 18th Century and covers diverse topics that include Business practices, covering banking, taxation and lotteries, manufacturers and merchants, artisans and skilled workers. This is a subscription database that the Library of Congress does subscribe to, but access is limited to onsite researchers, so check your local or university library for availability.

Handbook of Latin American Studies
https://hlasopac.loc.gov/index.html

This is selective annotated bibliography of scholarly books, journal articles, conference proceedings and papers, book chapters, maps and atlases, and electronic resources (blogs, websites, online videos, etc.) dealing with Latin America. They use their own HLAS Subject Term Glossary which includes helpful terms as those below but records also include LC Subject Headings. It would be good for researching a variety of topics but, in this case, specifically for items related to colonial Louisiana and Spanish holdings in Florida and Louisiana . The multidisciplinary Handbook is edited and compiled by the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress that contains items from the 1970's to the present though a multi-year project to pull in material from its inception in 1936 is ongoing. Suggested subject terms:
French--Caribbean Area
Louisiana, US (state)
Florida, US (state)--Colonial History
Colonial History--Borderlands
Colonial History--Caribbean Area
Viceroyalty of New Spain (1540-1821)
Tobacco Industry and Trade--Colonial History
Sugar Industry and Trade--French Caribbean
Agroindustry--French Caribbean
Slaves and Slavery--French Caribbean

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers (ProQuest)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000535~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

Coverage for this database begins in 1688 and moves on to current times. It contains the full text of all sessional papers issued by the House of Commons, including Bills, Reports of Royal Commissions, Reports of Select Committees, Accounts and Papers, and Command Papers. This is a subscription database that the Library of Congress does subscribe to, but access is limited to onsite researchers, so check your local or university library for availability.

JSTOR
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000616~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

This database is a collection of full-text, keyword-searchable academic journals dating back to the late 17th century. It includes journals like: The William and Mary Quarterly, Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography,The Business History Review, The Journal of Economic History, The Economic History Review, The Journal of Interdisciplinary History, etc.

Making of Modern Law : Primary Sources, 1620-1970 (Gale)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000805~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

This resource contains the published records of the American colonies, documents published by state constitutional conventions, state codes, city charters, law dictionaries, digests, and other resources in American legal history. There is a complimentary database Making of Modern Law: Trials 1600-1926 also from Gale.

Making of the Modern World, Part I (Gale Cengage)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000424~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

This database provides digital facsimile images of unique primary sources that track the development of the modern, western world through the lens of trade and wealth. It allows for full-text searching across millions of pages of works from 1450-1850. This is a subscription database that the Library of Congress does subscribe to, but access is limited to onsite researchers, so check your local or university library for availability.

Sabin Americana, 1500-1926 (Gale)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000379~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

This database contains books, pamphlets and other documents about society, politics, culture, religious beliefs, and contemporary opinions for North, Central and South America, the Arctic and Antarctica and the West Indies with the 1500 to 1926 time period.

Slavery in America and the World: History, Culture & Law (HeinOnline)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1002083~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

This collection brings together all known legal materials on slavery in the United States and the English-speaking world.  Coverage begins in the 15th century, so it includes every statute passed by every colony and state on slavery.  This is a subscription database that the Library of Congress does subscribe to, but access is limited to onsite researchers, so check your local or university library for availability.

State Papers Online: Early Modern Government in Britain and Europe (Gale)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000621~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

State Papers Online, 1509 -1714, is published in four Parts and offers researchers an online resource for understanding two hundred years of British and European history.

Virginia Company Archives (Adam Matthew)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000895~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

This database includes digitized materials that cover the founding and economic development of Virginia as seen through the papers of the Virginia Company of London (1606-1624) and is predominantly the Ferrar family papers held by Magdalene College (Cambridge). See also the internet link which may have some or all of the same content. This is a subscription database that the Library of Congress does subscribe to, but access is limited to onsite researchers, so check your local or university library for availability.

Newspaper & Periodicals Databases

17th - 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers (Gale)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000665~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

This database covers over 200 years of accounts from England, Ireland, and Scotland and a handful of papers from British colonies in the Americas and Asia. Totaling almost 1 million pages and containing approximately 1,270 titles including Lloyd's Evening Post for 1757 to 1805 (also known as Lloyd's Evening Post and British Chronicle) and the London Chronical.

Accessible Archives (Accessible Archives)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000567~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

This database contains the full text of primary source material from 18th & 19th century American periodicals and newspapers.

American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collections (EBSCO)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1001114~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

The resources included are intended to document the life of America's people from the Colonial Era through the Civil War and Reconstruction. There are five Series but only Series 1 (1691-1820) covers the Colonial time period. This series includes more than 500 titles dating from 1691 through 1820 representing almost every 17th- and 18th-century American periodical title published during that time period.

America: History and Life with Full Text (EBSCO)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000229~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

This database contains literature covering the history and culture of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present.

America's Historical Newspapers, 1690 – 1923 (NewsBank/Readex)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000261~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

While the bulk of this database includes digital reproductions of historic newspapers from after the Colonial period, there are some papers from before the Revolution.

British Library Newspapers (Gale)
http://eresources.loc.gov/record=e1000546~S9
Subscription resource available onsite only.

This database includes regional and local newspapers in Britain between the mid eighteenth and mid twentieth centuries.

Last updated: 09/22/2017

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