Early American Imprints, Series I and II: Supplements from the American Antiquarian Society, 1652-1819
Major enrichments of Early American Imprints: Evans and Shaw-Shoemaker

Quick Facts

  • A major expansion of the definitive resource on America before 1819
  • More than 5,350 early books, pamphlets, broadsides, maps and scores
  • Newly available items not found in Evans or Shaw-Shoemaker

Overview

This dramatic expansion of the venerable Evans and Shaw-Shoemaker digital collections of Early American Imprints makes available more than 5,350 rare and unique early American printed documents, all catalogued by the American Antiquarian Society. For today’s students and scholars of early American history, literature and culture, no other collections offer the opportunity to view and search newly available publications spanning the Colonial and Early Republic periods. The materials cover a wide range of imprint types: captivity narratives, criminal confessions, expedition logs, government acts, histories, maps, military records, musical compositions, personal narratives, poetry, regional histories, short stories, songs, speeches, training manuals, treaties and others.

Early American Imprints, Series I: Supplement from the American Antiquarian Society, 1652-1800, offers more than 750 previously unavailable imprints, most of which were not included in either Charles Evans’ monumental work, or Roger Bristol’s supplemental bibliography. Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement from the American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819, provides more than 1,500 imprints that fall into the scope of Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker's “American Bibliography.” Many of these were either missed by Shaw-Shoemaker, or were listed by them but could not be found until now.

Extensive indexing, easy browsing, full integration
Every item in Early American Imprints, Series I and II: Supplements from the American Antiquarian Society, 1652-1819, is catalogued, and MARC records are available. All three Supplements are essential complements to previous Supplements from the Library Company of Philadelphia, and all are fully integrated into America’s Historical Imprints for easy browsing and cross-searching.

In partnership with the American Antiquarian Society
The American Antiquarian Society (AAS) is both a learned society and a major independent research library. The AAS library houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, sheet music, and graphic arts material printed from first contact through 1876 in what is now the United States, Canada, and the West Indies. The library contains more than two-thirds of all known imprints created in America before 1821, making it the single greatest repository of such materials in the world. 

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Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement 3 from the American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819New

Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement 3 from the American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819To understand the United States in the first two decades of the 19th century, students and scholars have depended for generations on Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker. Now this renowned digital collection has been supplemented for an anticipated final time from the remarkable holdings of the American Antiquarian Society. More than 1,700 rare and diverse works—all newly catalogued and digitized from the originals—cover a wide range of disciplines and address a host of increasingly studied topics. Never before have researchers had the opportunity to study this pivotal period in such a comprehensive way—both in the classroom and beyond. This multi-disciplinary supplement is ideal for courses on 19th-century American history and literature. It will also be essential for scholars of economics, sociology, anthropology, and geography as well as legal, ethnic, religious and women’s studies.

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Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement 2 from the American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819

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Scholars and students rely on Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker for insight on America during the early 19th century. Now, this definitive online resource has been expanded again, with more than 1,400 additional rare books, pamphlets, broadsides and more from the renowned holdings of the American Antiquarian Society. Required for comprehensive study of this period, these newly digitized items—all first printed during the Early Republic Era of U.S. history—substantially broaden the acclaimed Early American Imprints collection, offering expanded research opportunities in a breadth of disciplines. The materials cover works of history, literature, religion, law, biography, cartography, geography, music, drama, poetry, personal accounts and confessions, as well as many scarce editions of works by women. No other collection offers scholars access to previously unknown publications from the pivotal Early Republic period.

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Early American Imprints, Series II: Supplement 1 from the American Antiquarian Society, 1801-1819

Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker—the major online resource for exploring nearly every aspect of early 19th-century America—has been vastly broadened. From the renowned holdings of the American Antiquarian Society, this new collection offers digital editions of more than 1,500 additional books, pamphlets and broadsides, most of which were not included in the original bibliography. Printed throughout the Early Republic Era of U.S. history, these rare and unique items represent a second extraordinary enrichment of the Readex digital edition of Early American Imprints.  This extensive collection is comprised entirely of works that fall into the scope of Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker's “American Bibliography” (which formed the basis of Early American Imprints, Series II: Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801-1819). Many of these 1,500-plus works were either missed by Shaw-Shoemaker, or were listed by them but could not be found until now. 

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Early American Imprints, Series I: Supplement from the American Antiquarian Society, 1652-1800

Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans—the definitive online resource for researching every aspect of 17th- and 18th-century America—has been expanded. From the renowned holdings of the American Antiquarian Society, this new collection offers digital editions of more than 750 additional books, pamphlets, broadsides, maps and scores, many of which were not included in either Charles Evans’ monumental work, or Roger Bristol’s supplemental bibliography. Printed over the course of the American Colonial Era and the formation of the United States, these rare and unique items represent a second major enrichment of the Readex digital edition of Early American Imprints. This extensive collection is comprised entirely of works that fall into the scope of the original Evans and Bristol bibliographies (which formed the basis of Early American Imprints, Series 1: Evans, 1639-1800) but were either missed by Evans and Bristol, or were listed by Evans and Bristol but could not be found until now. 

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