New Database: Early American Imprints

We have recently added a new full text database to our collection: Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans (1639-1800)

“Early American Imprints, Series I: Evans, 1639-1800 has been hailed as the definitive resource for researching every aspect of 17th- and 18th-century America. This incomparable digital collection contains virtually every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America over a 160-year period. Digitized from one of the most important collections ever produced on microform, Early American Imprints, Series I is based on Charles Evans’ renowned “American Bibliography” and Roger Bristol’s supplement.  Including more than 36,000 printed works and 2.3 million pages, Series I also offers new imprints not available in microform editions.”

History of this Collection

Early American Imprints was originally a microopaque card (not the more common microfiche) collection produced by Readex Microprint. It is based on Evan’s American Bibliography and on Shaw-Shoemaker’s American Bibliography and contains the full text of all known existing books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in the United States (or British American colonies prior to Independence) from 1639 through 1819, some 72,000 titles.

It is now also available in electronic form as part of the Readex Archive of Americana.

The microprint edition was undertaken by the American Antiquarian Society in 1955 and edited by Dr. Clifford K. Shipton, then director of the Society. The extensive collection of early American imprints in the Society’s library provided a substantial number of the imprints that were filmed. Many other major libraries in the United States and Europe also made texts available and provided editorial corrections to the original bibliographic work of Charles Evans.

The series is available in two parts: Early American Imprints: Series I Evans, 1639–1800, and Early American Imprints: Series II Shaw-Shoemaker, 1801–1819.

Go to the Library webpage and under Library Quick Links find  Databases -  Alphabetic and take time to explore our newest resource!   It is available on and off campus and for all sites.

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