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Resource Guide:
Colonial and Revolutionary America

Sample Call Numbers

Topic Call Number
United States Colonial History (1607-1775)E 186 – E 199
United States The Revolution (1775-1783)E 201 – E298
United States 1775-1789. The Confederation, 1783-1789E 303 – E309
French and Indian War 1755-1763E 199

Sample Subject Headings

Start by searching the catalog by keyword. Use whatever terms you think best describe your topic. When you find a record that matches what you are looking for, view the record and see what subject headings were used. Then search again using that term as a subject search.

  • Jamestown (Va.)
  • Puritans
  • Wampanoag Indians
  • Williamsburg (Va.)‚ Buildings, structures, etc
  • Virginia. General Assembly. House of Burgesses
  • Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
  • Indentured servants‚ Great Britain‚ Colonies‚History
  • Tobacco‚ United States
  • Boston Harbor (Mass.)‚ Maps‚ Early works to 1800
  • Washington, George, 1732-1799‚Bibliography
  • Harvard University‚History
  • Bacon's Rebellion, 1676
  • Smith, John, 1580-1631. Journals. Selections
  • United States‚ Colonial question‚ Speeches in Congress
  • United States ‚ History ‚ French and Indian War, 1755-1763
  • Williams, Roger, 1604?-1683. Correspondence
  • Great Britain. Stamp Act (1765)
  • United States. Continental Congress
  • Sons of Liberty ‚ 1770-1780
  • Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799‚ Oratory.
  • Boston Tea Party, 1773
  • United States. Continental Army
  • Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826‚Manuscripts
  • Adams, John, 1735-1826‚Correspondence
  • United States‚ History‚ Revolution, 1775-1783‚ Battlefields
  • George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820
  • Massachusetts. Governor (1774-1775: Gage)
  • United States‚ Relations‚France ‚ 18th Century
  • Roger's Rangers
  • Marion, Francis, 1732-1795‚ Military service
  • Yorktown (Va.)‚ History‚ Siege, 1781‚ Early works to 1800
  • United States. Articles of Confederation
  • United States‚ History‚ Revolution, 1775-1783‚ Finance‚ Sources

Research Databases

Relevant Journals and Magazines

  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • American History
  • American History Illustrated
  • American Antiquity
  • American Historical Review
  • American Heritage
  • Virginia Gazette
  • Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
  • William and Mary Quarterly

These are just examples. To find more, or to look for a specific journal or periodical, search our Journals.

Selected Web Page and Digital Archives