May 22, 2022

Harvard Library’s Colonial North America Project Now Provides Access to Over 650,000 Digitized Pages From 17th and 18th Centuries

From the Harvard Gazette:

For six years, Harvard Library has been working to make its vast collection of archival and manuscript materials from the colonial era accessible online. Today, approximately 650,000 digitized pages of handmade materials from the 17th and 18th centuries are available free to the public. Held in 14 repositories around the University, the works tell the tale of economic and social life in the colonies that would become the United States.

European exploration and colonialism in North America took place over several centuries and affected the lives of millions of people across multiple continents. The breadth and scope of these materials reflect this long history and its many dimensions. More than 200 years of colonial history are represented in these items, and their diversity in focus, format, and content reflects the complexities of the era in which they were created.

Direct to Complete Article Featuring Highlights From the Collection

Direct to Colonial North America at Harvard Library

See Also: Harvard Library’s Colonial North American Project is Launching New Website and Adding Approx. 450,000 Digitized Pages to Online Resource (October 12, 2017)

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