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Microform Collections That Might Be Useful
The microform collections listed below may contain primary resources that will be useful for researching some topics about early America:
American Culture Series (1493-1806)
Reproductions of books published in America from 1493 to 1806. These books are on many different topics. The BGSU Libraries own only Series I of the American Culture Series, which covers books published 1493-1806.
Papers of the Calvert family, the English family that founded the province of Maryland during the 16th and 17th centuries. The collection covers 1516-1805 and includes family papers; documents relating to the Avalon, Virginia, and Maryland colonies; land, financial and government records; papers dealing with the Maryland-Pennsylvania boundary dispute; correspondence; and miscellaneous documents.
Draper Manuscript Collection
Works and papers collected by Lyman Draper on the history of the trans-Allegheny West. This area includes portions of the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, the entire Ohio River Valley and the Mississippi Valley. Most materials cover the time period from the 1740's through the 1810's. There are nearly 500 volumes in this collection.
Materials represented in this collection include letters, legal documents, maps, journals and diaries, family and personal records, business records, land records, court martial lists, muster rolls, order books, interviews, transcribed newspaper and periodical articles, etc.
Early American History Research Reports [from the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation Libraries] Segment I
Reproductions of reports from scholars and experts at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Subjects include history, archaeology, art, decorative arts, furniture, architecture, trade & industry, religion, music, theater, agriculture, crafts, etc.
NOTE: The BGSU Libraries own only Segment I of this collection.
Early American Imprints, 1639-1800 (Evans)
Reproductions of books, pamphlets, almanacs, scores, and other materials published in the United States between 1639 and 1800. It does not include periodicals or newspapers. The collection is based on American Bibliography, by Charles Evans and Supplement to Charles Evans' American Bibliography, by Roger P. Bristol.
Publications of the Prince Society
Reproductions of books about the early history of the United States. Includes volumes about the discovery and exploration of the U.S., colonial history, government, etc. The publications were all published by the Prince Society, an organization dedicated to publishing rare books about the discovery, exploration, and founding of the United States. A complete list of titles may be found by doing a word search on "Prince Society" in the BGSU Libraries Catalog.
Ratified Indian Treaties, 1722-1869
Ratified Indian treaties, 1722-1869, with papers related to the treaties. These papers include Presidential proclamations, Senate resolutions, messages from the President to the U.S. Senate, messages to treaty commissioners, journals, and correspondence. Not all of these items will be present for every treaty.
Travels in the Old South I, II, III
Reproductions of 1,174 travel accounts, geographies, atlases, surveys, statistical accounts, and descriptions of the animals and plants of the old South. There are also a few travel accounts of countries such as Cuba, Canada, and Mexico and of other parts of the United States such as Ohio. The collection includes books about Native Americans, slavery, and biographies or memoirs of various men and women. These works were published between 1527 and 1860.
Lists of Microform Collections in BGSU Libraries
The BGSU Libraries own many useful collections of materials on microfilm, microfiche, and microcards. A descriptive page for each collection is linked from: