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HIST 302: American Revolution (Slater): Find Primary Sources

Course Guide for Dr. Sandra Slater's History 302: History of the American Revolution, 1765-1800

Digital Primary Sources: CofC Databases

Spotlight: Library of Congress, George Washington Papers

George Washington Papers, Series 4, General Correspondence: George Washington, July 9, 1754, Virginia Regiment


The sources above provide many possibilities. But if you want to search for your own documents outside of these links, you can. You will have much greater luck if you pick a particular aspect of the Revolution to research. If you can't think of keywords or dates to start out with, scan through the Wikipedia Article on the Revolution to get ideas. For example, you might try searching for:

  • proper names of people (such as politicians)
  • names of laws, amendments, etc. 
  • particular cities, battles, or events, e.g. Bunker Hill
  • particular year, e.g. 1778
  • particular keyword for a subject area, such as: Loyalists, women, African Americans, etc. (However, you may have better luck looking for specific people's names.)

Digital Primary Sources: Open Access