British Records Relating to America in Microfilm
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AMERICA AND THE WEST INDIES, PAPERS RELATING TO THE ENGLISH COLONIES IN... 1627-1699
British Library Egerton Ms. 2395. Introduction by Professor Richard S. Dunn, University of Pennsylvania. Collected by Thomas Povey, London merchant and civil servant.
1 Reel with printed Guide AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN LIVERPOOL, THE MINUTE BOOKS OF THE... 1801-1908
From Liverpool Central Library. Introduction by Dr. W.O. Henderson, University of Manchester. Includes reports of the organisation's various committees, the annual survey and important letters.
3 Reels AMERICAN MATERIAL IN THE ARCHIVES OF THE UNITED SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL
From the Archives of the U.S.P.G., now held at Rhodes House Library, Oxford. Introduction by Isobel Pridmore, former Archivist to the U.S.P.G.
Series A: Letter Books, Vols. 1-26, 1702-1737, 8 Reels
Series B: Letter Books, Vols. 1-25, 1701-1786, 14 Reels
Series C: Copy Letter Books, Vols. 1-15, 18th Century, 5 Reels
Index to Series A, B and C, 1 Reel AMERICAN MUSEUM IN BRITAIN, MANUSCRIPTS FROM THE... 1650-1903
From the American Museum, Claverton Manor, Bath. Introduction by G.M. Candler. The manuscripts and documents at the American Museum (the only comprehensive museum of Americana in Europe) come from a variety of sources and are very diverse. In this microfilm, the material has been divided into the following categories: family papers, an account book, letters and a journal, newspapers, certificates and miscellaneous.
2 Reels with printed Guide AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR, RECORDS RELATING TO... 1812-1815
From the Public Record Office, London. Introduction by Ira Dye, University of Virginia. These records, relating to Americans taken prisoner by British forces during the War of 1812-15, were generated in the course of the administrative process of receiving, clothing, housing and feeding prisoners of war, then keeping track of them as they passed through the prison ship and depot system until they were finally discharged, exchanged or released (or in some cases, until they died while prisoners).
11 reels with printed Guide AMERICAN REVOLUTION, BRITISH PAMPHLETS RELATING TO THE... 1764-1783
Introduction by Dr. Colin Bonwick, University of Keele and Thomas R. Adams, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island. All available British and Irish pamphlets, broadsides and controversial books that were printed in Great Britain between 1st January 1764 and 31st December 1783 and are relevant to the various aspects of the American Revolution, whether devoted in their entirety to the subject or simply containing a paragraph or more, are contained in this microfilm. Also included are those American and European pamphlets that were reprinted in Britain between 1764 and 1783, as well as British parliamentary speeches published for outside readers and public reports and papers. The importance of these pamphlets has long been appreciated and the richness of their contents suspected but heretofore they have not all been readily accessible and some have been virtually unknown. This microfilm edition brings them together for the first time; there are 1161 in all.
49 Reels with printed Guide AMERICAN REVOLUTION, DOCUMENTS RELATING TO THE... 1775-1783
From the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Introduction by Roger Knight, National Maritime Museum. A selection of private or semi-official logs and journals from the personal papers of naval and merchant officers operating in North American and West Indian waters.
4 Reels with printed Guide ARMY LISTS, THE... 1740-1784
From the Royal Artillery Institution Library, London. Introduction by Prof. Ivor Burton, Bedford College, University of London. Published as an aid to the financial administration of the army, they provided accurate information on each regiment. They answered a further need by providing information useful to those engaged in the sale and purchase of commissions.
81 Fiches with printed Guide AUCKLAND PAPERS, MATERIAL RELATING TO THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION FROM THE...
From the British Library, Add. Mss. 33412-17. Introduction by Professor G.C. Bolton, Murdoch University, Perth, W. Australia. The papers of William Eden, 1st Baron Auckland (1744-1814) including material relating to the American War of Independence.
5 Reels with printed Guide BIRMINGHAM LADIES' SOCIETY FOR THE RELIEF OF NEGRO SLAVES, RECORDS RELATING TO THE... 1825-1919
From Birmingham City Library. Introduction by Celia M. King, University of Exeter. The Society's aims were to inform the public of the wrongs inflicted on slaves, to send donations to the national movement, to relieve deserted slaves and to try to educate slaves in the British Colonies.
2 Reels BOURNE, HUGH, THE JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MISSION OF... 1844-1846
From Hartley Methodist College, Manchester. Introduction by J.T. Wilkinson, Principal Emeritus, Hartley Victoria Methodist College. Hugh Bourne was the founder of Primitive Methodism.
1 Reel BRAGG, JOHN, THE DIARY OF... 1771-1794
From Whitehaven Public Library and Museum. Introduction by Professor J. Spence, University of Leicester. Bragg was a Quaker shoemaker of Whitehaven and had American connections. His diary includes references to the War of Independence.
1 Reel BRISTOL PRESENTMENTS, 1770-1917
From the Central Reference Library, College Green, Bristol. Introduction by Professor W.E. Minchinton, University of Exeter. The Bristol Presentments are bills of entry derived from official sources (the reports and manifests of ships) which contain information about the trade of Bristol. The collection of the eighteenth century presentments is the earliest series known to exist, though there are some gaps in the coverage; the run of nineteenth and early twentieth century presentments is, however, virtually complete.
32 Reels with printed Guide BROWN, GEORGE ALEXANDER, THE DIARIES AND MEMOIRS OF... 1811-1870
From Liverpool Central Library. Introduction by Dr. John Rowe, University of Liverpool. An account of the life of a Liverpool merchant and banker, written for the benefit of his family and descendants.
1 Reel with printed Guide BROWN, JAMES, THE PAPERS OF... 1843-1851
From Liverpool Central Library. Introduction by Dr. John Rowe, University of Liverpool. A private log book kept by James Brown while he commanded the Liverpool trading ship "Gossypium" travelling between Liverpool and New Orleans.
1 Reel with printed Guide BRYCE, JAMES, THE AMERICAN CORRESPONDENCE OF... 1871-1922
Bodley Ms. Introduction by D.S. Porter, Bodleian Library. Copies of Bryce's letters to Americans and letters from his most consistent American correspondents.
7 Reels BUCKLEY-MATHEW COLLECTION, THE... 1850-1856
From Liverpool Public Library. Introduction by Dr. H.E.S. Fisher, University of Exeter. The papers of Sir George Buckley-Mathew (1807-79), Governor of the Bahama Islands for 1844-1850, Consul at Charleston, S.C., 1850-1853 and Philadelphia, 1853-1856.
CALEF & CHUTER LETTER BOOK, THE... 1783-1796
From Rhodes House Library, Oxford. Introduction by Oscar Tapper, Trenfell School, London. The papers of a London merchant house with American interests.
CANADIAN RECORDS OF THE UNITED SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL, E SERIES REPORTS c.1901-1952
From the Archives of the U.S.P.G., now held at Rhodes House Library, Oxford. Introduction by Dr. Peter Lyon, University of London. Reports received by the Society from missionaries in the field.
14 Reels with printed Guide CANER, REV. HENRY, LETTERBOOK OF... 1728-1778
From Bristol University Library. Rev. Henry Caner (1700-1792) was a leading Church of England clergyman in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and this is one of the very few surviving letterbooks of an American Anglican Clergyman. He wrote several defences of the Church of England.
1 Reel with printed Guide CARR, RALPH, THE AMERICAN PAPERS OF... 1741-1778
From the Northumberland Record Office, Newcastle upon Tyne. Introduction by Professor W.E. Minchinton, University of Exeter. Letters of a Newcastle upon Tyne merchant concerning his not entirely successful trade with America.
1 Reel with printed Guide CHAMPION, RICHARD, THE LETTERBOOKS OF... 1743-1791
From Bristol Record Office and New York Public Library. Introduction by Deborah M. Olsen, Portland Community College, Oregon. Contemporary copies of correspondence of a Quaker merchant and porcelain manufacturer in Bristol, who in 1784, emigrated to South Carolina. He was an outspoken critic of restrictions on American trade and the war against the colonies.
2 Reels with printed Guide CLARENDON PAPERS, THE AMERICAN MATERIAL IN THE... 1853-1870
From the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Introduction by Dr. Colin Bonwick, University of Keele. Lord Clarendon was Foreign Secretary three times and the bulk of these papers consist of the private and confidential correspondence between Clarendon and his Ministers to the United States. Many of the current disputes and concerns were discussed and analysed in these letters and they reveal the methods of mid-19th century diplomacy in all their intimacy.
15 Reels with printed Guide CODRINGTON COLLEGE, BARBADOS, RECORDS FROM THE UNITED SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL RELATING TO... FROM c.1710
See under West Indies Records of the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel
COMPANY OF SCOTLAND TRADING TO AFRICA AND THE INDIES, PAPERS OF THE... 1696-1707
See under Darien Company Records
COTTON MARKET, REPORTS ON THE... 1848-1863
From Liverpool Public Library. Introduction by Professor G.L. Rees, University College, Aberystwyth. Weekly summaries of sales, imports, etc. at Liverpool.
1 Reel CRAMPTON PAPERS, THE AMERICAN MATERIAL IN THE... 1844-1856
From the Bodleian Library, Oxford. Introduction by Dr. Colin Bonwick, University of Keele. These papers consist of the correspondence, private and official, which Sir John Crampton accumulated during his years in the United States for the British diplomatic service. This material is supplementary to, and will be used to advantage with, the Clarendon Papers, above.
17 Reels with printed Guide CURRIE, JAMES, THE JOURNAL OF... 1776
From Liverpool Public Library. Introduction by R.S. Craig, University College, London. Written during a voyage from North Carolina to the French West Indies.
1 Reel CUSTOMS 3, 1696-1780
Vols. 1-82, from the Public Record Office, London. Introduction by Professor W.E. Minchinton, University of Exeter and C.J. French. A series of ledgers listing all the imports and exports of England and Wales between 1696 and 1780. The returns are summarised annually and there are estimates of the annual balance of trade.
52 Reels with printed Guide CUSTOMS 16 – AMERICA, 1768-1772
From the Public Record Office, London. Introduction by Rupert C. Jarvis, formerly Librarian to H.M. Customs & Excise. Statistical accounts of trade and shipping movements in North American ports.
1 Reel CUSTOMS 17 – STATES OF NAVIGATION, COMMERCE AND REVENUE, 1772-1808
From the Public Record Office, London. Introduction by R.S. Craig, University College, London. This series of 30 volumes contains yearly tables prepared by the Inspector General of Customs, giving detailed information as to:
Navigation: Accounts of the number of vessels with tonnage etc. built or registered in the ports of the British Empire and of the vessels using these ports.
Commerce: Accounts of imports and exports distinguishing British from foreign merchandise.
Accounts of annual payments into the Exchequer, arising from Customs, Excise, Stamp Duties, Land & Assessed Taxes, Post Offices, Lotteries, etc.
9 Reels DALHOUSIE MUNIMENTS, THE... 1748-1759
From the Scottish Record Office, Edinburgh. Introduction by Professor T.C. Smout, University of Edinburgh. Containing letters of Governor Glen of South Carolina and papers of General John Forbes relating to the French and Indian Wars.
2 Reels DANFORD, J., DIARY OF THE SIEGE OF QUEBEC, 1775
From the British Library, Add. Ms. 46840. Introduction by Professor Ivor Burton, Bedford College, London University. A fair copy compiled from a mixture of personal information and material from official bulletins.
1 Reel DARIEN COMPANY RECORDS, THE...: PAPERS OF THE COMPANY OF SCOTLAND TRADING TO AFRICA AND THE INDIES, 1696-1707
From the Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh. Introduction by John Simpson, University of Edinburgh. The Company, which was set up in 1695, founded a colony, to act as an international free port, on the isthmus of Darien, but it was not a success and eventually led to the downfall of the Company. Contains journals of the Company's Court of Directors, 1696-1707, Acts of the Company's General Council, 1696-1707, Account books and lists of debts due by the Company.
3 Reels with printed Guide DARTMOUTH, THE PAPERS...: THE AMERICAN PAPERS OF WILLIAM LEGGE (1731-1801), SECOND EARL OF DARTMOUTH
From the Staffordshire Record Office. Introduction by Dr. Colin Bonwick, University of Keele. These papers are a major source for the history of the American Revolution. William Legge was Secretary of State for the American Colonies from 1772 to 1775. The papers also illuminate 18th century British government and politics.
16 Reels plus printed Guide DAVENPORT & CO., WILLIAM, THE PAPERS OF... 1745-1797
From Keele University Library. Introduction by Professor David Richardson, Hull University. William Davenport was a Liverpool merchant and British slave trader. From the late 1740s until the early 1790s Davenport invested regularly in the African slave trade and was a partner in slaving ventures with other leading merchant Liverpool families.
3 Reels with printed Guide DAVISON, NEWMAN & CO. LTD., THE PAPERS OF... 1753-1897
From the Guildhall Library, London. Introduction by Celia M. King, University of Exeter. Business and personal papers of leading members of this tea and grocery firm, now incorporated with the West India Produce Association. Includes journals, ledgers, balance sheets, price lists, cheques and other business and personal documents spanning the period from the American War of Independence to the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812.
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DICKINSON PAPERS, JAMAICA PLANTATION RECORDS FROM THE... 1675-1849
From the Somerset and Wiltshire Record Offices. Introduction by Professor W.E. Minchinton, University of Exeter. Accounts, letter-books, journals, deeds, lists of slaves and miscellaneous papers relating to the management of sugar plantations in Jamaica.
4 Reels with printed Guide EMERSON, RALPH WALDO, THE COLLECTION, 1822-1903
From the Alexander Ireland Collection, Manchester Central Library, Language & Literature Library. Introduction by Dr. Brian Harding. This is the English response to Emerson's works for the half century following his first visit to England in 1833. A unique record of the interest roused by his lectures in England. Includes extracts of his work, press reviews, articles, etc.
2 Reels with printed Guide EMIGRANTS: A SELECTION OF 17 GUIDES AND PAMPHLETS
From the British Library and other libraries. Introduction by Professor Charlotte Erickson, University of Cambridge. Printed guides written by British-born people for British audiences.
2 Reels ESTLIN PAPERS, THE... 1840-1844
From Dr. Williams's Library, London. Introduction by Dr. Clare Taylor, University College of Wales. Illustrating the close connection between British and American anti-slavery reformers in the middle of the 19th century.
6 Reels with printed Guide FAWCETT AND LISTER PAPERS, THE... 1733-1775
From the Archives Department, Halifax Central Library. Introduction by D.W. Ockleton, Northgate Grammar School for Boys, Ipswich. Business and family papers relating to Virginia and North Carolina.
2 Reels FLEMING, HENRY, THE PAPERS OF... 1772-1795
From Cumbria Record Office, Carlisle. Introduction by Professor J.M. Price, University of Michigan. A letterbook and ledger concerning Henry Fleming's dealings in saddlery and hardware in Norfolk, Virginia, which furnish an interesting picture of the commercial relations between Norfolk and Whitehaven in Cumberland.
1 Reel with printed Guide FOLLIOT, GEORGE, THE DIARY OF... 1765-1766
From Wigan Public Library. Introduction by Professor W.E. Minchinton, University of Exeter. Diary of a visit to England by a New York general merchant.
1 Reel FOX, GEORGE TOWNSEND, THE AMERICAN JOURNALS OF... 1831-1868
From South Shields Public Library. Introduction by Professor Bernard Crick, Birkbeck College, London University. Includes perceptive comments on American customs, politics and religion.
1 Reel GAGE PAPERS, AMERICAN MANUSCRIPTS IN THE... 1731-1874
From Sussex Archaeological Society, Lewes. Introduction by Professor Julian Gwyn, University of Ottawa. Papers relating to the affairs of Admiral Sir Peter Warren (d.1752) and his heirs.
3 Reels GALE-MORANT PAPERS, THE... 1731-1925
From the University of Exeter Library. Introduction by Professor R.B. Sheridan, University of Kansas. Correspondence, accounts, lists of negro slaves and cattle and their annual increase and decrease, shipments of sugar and rum, crop accounts, photo- graphs and miscellaneous legal and financial papers concerning the family and business affairs of the Gale and Morant families in Jamaica.
2 Reels with printed Guide HARTLEY RUSSELL PAPERS, THE... 1761-1788
From Berkshire Record Office. Introduction by Dr. Geoffrey Seed, University of St. Andrew's. Papers of David Hartley, M.P., 1732-1813, relating to attempts to reconcile Britain and America.
1 Reel HARVEY LETTERS, THE... 1812-1846
From the National Library of Ireland. Introduction by Professor E.R.A. Green, Queen's University, Belfast. The letters of Jacob Harvey, an Irish Quaker, who emigrated to North America in 1812.
1 Reel HEWITT, WILLIAM, THE PAPERS OF... 1756-1770
From the University of London Library, Ms. 522. Introduction by Paul Kelly. Personal and business papers of William Hewitt (1719-81), Commissioner and landowner in the West Indies. Spanning the period of the American Revolutionary War when the West Indies was an important theatre of the naval conflict.
6 Reels with printed Guide HOBHOUSE LETTERS, THE... 1722-1755
From Bristol Central Library and Bristol Record Office. Introduction by Professor W.E. Minchinton, University of Exeter. Letters and other papers of Isaac Hobhouse & Co., Bristol Merchants.
1 Reel HOLT AND GREGSON PAPERS, THE... 1778-1830
From Liverpool City Libraries. Introduction by Dr. P.J. Buckland, University of Liverpool. Material on trade with America and the American economy.
1 Reel HOUSE OF LORDS RECORD OFFICE, AMERICAN PAPERS IN THE... 1621-1917
Introduction by Professor W.E. Minchinton, University of Exeter and Peter Harper, University of Keele. For the history of the American colonies and the USA, the documents in the House of Lords Record Office, London, are an indispensable resource. Since the Jamestown settlement, material relating to North America has accumulated in the House of Lords Record Office, which serves as the record office for Parliament. The "Main Papers", i.e. the papers laid on the Table of the House of Lords have been thoroughly combed for American material for the first time and the resulting collection of material illustrates many aspects of the development of North America including immigration, settlement, trade (notably the slave trade), religion, fisheries, the railways, labour, patents etc. as well as politics and international relations. The microfilm contains, where appropriate, material relating to Canada and the West Indies as well as the 13 colonies which became the United States of America. The microfilm is accompanied by a comprehensive printed guide consisting of a Calendar of the American Papers in the House of Lords Record Office and an Index to the microfilmed items in the Calendar. Because of its comprehensiveness, this volume clearly supersedes Andrews & Davenport, Paullin & Paxson, Crick & Alman and the other partial listings of American material in the House of Lords Record Office.
39 Reels with printed Guide JAMAICA WILLS, ABSTRACTS OF... 1625-1792
From the British Library, Add. Ms. 34184. Introduction by Professor Richard S. Dunn, University of Pennsylvania. A collection which spans the rise and maturation of the Jamaica sugar industry and constitutes a prime source for the social historian. Most testators featured were big planters or merchants.
1 Reel LETTERS OF MARQUE – DECLARATIONS AGAINST AMERICA, 1777-1783
From the Public Record Office, London. Introduction by Professor W.E. Minchinton, University of Exeter. Letters of marque were commissions issued during wartime in Britain by the Lord High Admiral or Commissioners executing his office, which authorised privately-owned vessels to operate as private men-of-war. The original document was held by the captain of the vessel concerned and a copy was enrolled in registers which have been preserved amongst the records of the High Court of Admiralty, now deposited in the Public Record Office. This microfilm consists of the 11 volumes of letters of marque (HCA 26/60-70) issued during the American Revolution and 2 index volumes, Adm 7/317 and 318.
4 Reels with printed Guide LETTERS OF MARQUE – DECLARATIONS AGAINST FRANCE, SPAIN AND THE UNITED PROVINCES, 1777-1783
From the Public Record Office, London. Introduction by Professor W.E. Minchinton and David Starkey, University of Exeter. Consists of the 27 volumes of letters of marque (HCA 26/33-59) issued during the American Revolution against France (HCA 26/33-44), Spain (HCA 26/45-52) and the United Provinces (HCA 26/53-59).
8 Reels with printed Guide LINDSAY, W.S., THE AMERICAN PAPERS OF... 1861-1866
Lindsay was a man of considerable importance both in commerce and in politics. He was a Member of Parliament, a leading shipowner and the author of a major work on the history of shipping. These papers concern his activities in the United States between September and December 1860 and his subsequent involvement in Britain and France in the cause of the Confederate States. They throw a great deal of light on British and French policy and on the doings of pro-South activists in Britain.
LISTON PAPERS, THE... 1796-1800
From the National Library of Scotland. Introduction by Dr. Clare Taylor, Institute of Historical Research, London. The collection consists of the papers of Sir Robert Liston (1742-1836), diplomat and owner of Millburn Tower in Edinburgh and the letters and journals of his wife, Henrietta Liston (1752-1828). The papers are a valuable storehouse of information regarding the British Mission to America from 1796 to 1800. They reveal a great deal about the Liston's friendship with President George Washington and his wife, Martha.
4 Reels with printed Guide LIVERPOOL CUSTOM BILLS OF ENTRY, 1820-1939
From Liverpool Record Office and the Liverpool Maritime Museum. Introduction by Professor Kenneth Morgan, Brunel University. Detailed lists of Shipping Registers and maritime trading lists of ships docking in to the port of Liverpool. These provide a comprehensive overview of the goods passed inwards and outwards of the port, along with numbers of personnel, Captain, name of ship and other important information. A rich source of material for maritime and economic history.
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LIVERPOOL PAPERS, AMERICAN MATERIAL IN THE... 1727-1808
Introduction by Dr. Geoffrey Seed, University of St. Andrew's. From the papers of Charles Jenkinson, 1st Earl of Liverpool (1727-1808) and Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool (1770-1828).
LIVERPOOL PLANTATION REGISTERS, 1744-1773 AND 1779-1784
From the Custom House, Liverpool. Introduction by M.M. Schofield and D.J. Pope. Compiled by the Customs Officials, the registers list all vessels based at Liverpool which were employed in trade with the British Colonies. Under the Navigation Act of 1696 all ports were supposed to keep such registers, but the Liverpool ones are the most complete of those still extant.
2 Reels with printed Guide "LLOYD", THE JOURNALS OF THE SHIP... 1767-1772
From the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. Introduction by Professor W.E. Minchinton, University of Exeter. Kept by the Captain Nicholas Pocock, during five journeys between Bristol and South Carolina, containing maritime information illustrated with pen and ink drawings.
1 Reel MAPS RELATING TO NORTH AMERICA AND THE WEST INDIES IN BRITISH REPOSITORIES, MANUSCRIPT...
From the Public Record Office, London. Introduction to Part 1 by John Brian Harley and Minda C. Phillips, University of Exeter. Introduction to Part 2 by John Brian Harley and Richard Oliver, University of Exeter. The years 1760-83 mark the apogee of British mapping in North America; maps and plans at various scales were accepted as indispensable adjuncts to both the civil functions of colonial administration and to military needs for fortification, strategic planning and troop movement. Many of the maps surviving these decades were commissioned by the Crown, and not only exemplify the development of cartography during the Enlightenment, but also provide a record, sometimes unique, of the events and places to which they relate.
Part 1: The Revolutionary Era, 4 Reels with printed Guide
Part 2: The Colonial Era, 3 reels plus printed Guide MARTIN, GEORGE, DIARY OF... 1779-1800
From St. Mary's, Whitehaven. Introduction by Professor W.E. Minchinton, University of Exeter. Concerning land confiscated at the Revolution.
1 Reel MEDITERRANEAN PASSES, THE... 1662-1784
From the Public Record Office, London. Introduction by David Richardson, University of Hull. Mediterranean passes were provided for English ships by the Admiralty for almost two centuries after the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 in order to give them protection against attack from the Corsairs of the Barbary Coast of North Africa. They were first issued in 1662 and although no copies of the passes themselves survive, registers and indexes of them have, comprising volumes ADM/7/ 75-133, 154-60 and 630 of the Admiralty Series at the Public Record Office. This film comprises all registers and indexes through to and including 1784, i.e. ADM/7/75-103 and 630.
11 Reels with printed Guide MISSISSIPPI VALLEY TRADING COMPANY PAPERS, THE... 1874-1878
From the Co-operative Union Library, Manchester. Introduction by Professor Charlotte Erickson, University of Cambridge. The record of an attempt to organise direct trade between British and American co-operatives.
4 Reels NAVAL OFFICE SHIPPING LISTS
From the Public Record Office, London. Introductions by Professor W.E. Minchinton, University of Exeter, except where stated. The Naval Office Shipping Lists were compiled by the Naval Officers in the British Colonies in North America and the West Indies and then sent periodically by the Governor of the colony to England. The Lists give information regarding the date of entry or clearance, the name of the ship, the home port or colony, details of construction and registration, the name of the master and the owner, the tonnage and number of guns, the number of crew and, of course, details of the cargo.
NOVA SCOTIA RECORDS OF THE UNITED SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL, C SERIES, 1722-1858
From the Archives of the U.S.P.G., now held at Rhodes House Library, Oxford. Introduction by Professor Wallace Brown, University of New Brunswick, Canada. Consisting of C Series material, references C/CAN/PRE (pre-diocesan) and C/CAN/NS1-15 and including the correspondence of Reverend John (later Bishop) Inglis, 1808-1849.
15 Reels with printed Guide OGILVIE-FORBES OF BOYNDLIE PAPERS, MATERIAL RELATING TO AMERICA FROM THE... 1742-1817
From Aberdeen University Library, Ms. 2740. Introduction by Alastair J. Durie, University of Aberdeen. The papers of two leading families in the north-east of Scotland, largely consisting of correspondence relating to family plantations in South Carolina. This correspondence gives a clear sense of the difficulties faced by north-eastern Scots as they tried to establish themselves in the southern colonies; problems of trade, estate management, mortality and communications are discussed as well as the political debates of the day.
1 reel with printed Guide OWEN, ROBERT, THE AMERICAN CORRESPONDENCE AND PAPERS OF... 1825-1856
From the Co-operative Union Library, Manchester. Introduction by Peter d'A. Jones, University of Illinois. Robert Owen was a socialist and philanthropist and founder of New Harmony, Indiana.
1 Reel PALMERSTON PAPERS, AMERICAN CORRESPONDENCE IN THE... 1835-1841 AND 1846-1850
From the British Library, Add. Mss. 48495 and 48575. Introduction by Ged Martin, Magdalene College, Cambridge. Includes material relating to free trade, the Mexican War and boundaries.
1 Reel PARKER, JAMES, THE FAMILY PAPERS OF... 1760-1795
From Liverpool Central Library. Introduction by Professor W.E. Minchinton, University of Exeter. Including material on the American War of Independence.
4 Reels PATTISON, JAMES, THE PAPERS OF... 1777-1781
From the Royal Artillery Institution, Woolwich. Introduction by Professor I.F. Burton, Bedford College, London University. James Pattison was Commander of the Royal Artillery in North America.
1 Reel PLUMSTED LETTER BOOK, THE... 1756-1758
From Cambridge University Library, Add. Ms. 2798. Introduction by Professor Ralph Davis, University of Leicester. Correspondence of a London merchant, mainly with Quaker merchants from Philadelphia.
1 Reel PLUNKETT, SIR HORACE, THE AMERICAN LETTERS OF... 1883-1932
From the Plunkett Foundation for Co-operative Studies, Oxford. Introduction by Professor Bernard Crick, Birkbeck College, London University. Plunkett was active in promoting agricultural co-operation and was a cattle-rancher in the American west.
2 Reels PLUNKETT, SIR HORACE, THE DIARIES OF... 1881-1932
From the Plunkett Foundation for Co-operative Studies, Oxford. Introduction by Professor Bernard Crick, Birkbeck College, London University.
8 Reels POTTERS' EXAMINER AND WORKMAN'S ADVOCATE, THE... 1843-1845
From the Horace Banks Reference Library, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Introduction by Frank Thistlethwaite, University of East Anglia. A weekly newspaper advocating emigration to America as a solution to unemployment in the pottery industry.
1 Reel PRANKARD, GRAFFIN, THE PAPERS OF... (FROM THE DICKINSON PAPERS) 1712-1757
From the Somerset Record Office, Taunton. Introduction by Professor W.E. Minchinton, University of Exeter. The business correspondence of a Bristol merchant with trading interests in America.
9 Reels with printed Guide PREVOST, AUGUSTINE, THE JOURNAL OF... 1774
From London Library. Introduction by Nicholas Wainwright, Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Records a journey to Pennsylvania to recruit men for the 1st Battalion of the Royal Americans.
1 Reel PRICE, HENRY EDWARD, THE DIARY OF... 1842-1848
From Islington Public Library. Introduction by Professor Bernard Crick, Birkbeck College, London University. The diary of an immigrant to New York State under the Poor Law emigration scheme.
1 Reel PRIESTLEY, DR. JOSEPH, THE LETTERS OF... 1766-1803 AND 1789-1803
From Dr. Williams's Library, London. Introduction by Dr. J.R. Pole, Churchill College, Cambridge. Letters written by Joseph Priestley in England and America, mainly to his friend Theophilus Lindsey.
1 Reel PROVIDENCE ISLAND COMPANY, PAPERS RELATING TO THE... 1630-1641
Introduction by Professor Karen O. Kupperman, University of Connecticut. The company was founded in 1630 by a group of puritan grandees as an attempt to confront the national enemy, Spain, and begin the building of a foundation for English economic independence. Surviving papers include the records of company meetings, official and unofficial letters and reports and the diary of the last governor, Captain Nathaniel Butler. Though the colony was a failure, "extinguished" by the Spanish in 1641, the idea of a strong English presence in the Indies continued.
2 Reels with printed Guide RHODES HOUSE ANTI-SLAVERY PAPERS, 1836-1842
From Rhodes House Library, Oxford. Introduction by Dr. Howard Temperley, University of East Anglia. Includes the Minute Books of the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society.
2 Reels ROSCOE PAPERS, THE... 1792-1831
From Liverpool Central Library. Introduction by Dr. John Rowe, University of Liverpool. The American correspondence of William Roscoe (1758-1831), historian, poet, reformer and M.P. for Liverpool.
2 Reels ROYAL SOCIETY OF ARTS, THE AMERICAN CORRESPONDENCE OF THE... 1755-1840
From the Royal Society of Arts. Introduction by D.G.C. Allan, Curator-Librarian, Royal Society of Arts. Concerning the promotion in the American colonies of potash and pearl-ash manufacture, mulberry tree growing and silk manufacture.
2 Reels RUSSELL DIARIES, THE... 1731-1801
From Birmingham Central Library. Introduction by D.W. Ockleton, Northgate Grammar School for Boys, Ipswich. The journals of Martha, Mary and Thomas Russell on their travels in America, and their journeys across the Atlantic between 1794 and 1801.
1 Reel SAUMAREZ PAPERS, THE...: MATERIAL RELATING TO SOUTH CAROLINA DERIVING FROM THE MIDDLETON FAMILY, 1725-1860
From Ipswich & East Suffolk Record Office. Introduction by William R. Serjeant, Ipswich & East Suffolk Record Office. The papers of the President of the Council of South Carolina, 1721-31, concerning the management of estates there.
1 Reel with printed Guide SENHOUSE PAPERS, MATERIAL RELATING TO THE WEST INDIES FROM THE... 1762-1831
From Cumbria Record Office, Carlisle. Introduction by Professor R.B. Sheridan, University of Kansas. Memoirs, letter-books, memoranda, plantation estimates, maps, leases and numerous waste and account books relating to the affairs of Joseph Senhouse, who resided for many years in Barbados and Dominica. Also, the recollections of William Senhouse, who was Surveyor General of Barbados and the Leeward Islands for 1770-1787.
2 Reels with printed Guide SHARPLES FAMILY MATERIAL, THE... 1803-1845
From Bristol Record Office and Bristol Central Library. Introduction by Dr. Diane Waggoner, Yale University. The Ango-American career of the Sharples family of artists exemplify the artistic exchange between Britain and American in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. English-born James Sharples (c.1751-1811) built his career on drawing pastel portraits and became known for his portraits of George and Martha Washington and other eminent Americans. Ellen Sharples (1769-1849) copied her husband's portraits on commission and taught herself to paint miniatures. The couple trained James's son by his second wife, Felix (c.1786-c.1824), and their own two children, James Jr. (c.1788-1839) and Rolinda (c.1793-1838), all of whom became successful portrait painters. The collection includes Ellen Sharples's diary covering the years 1803-1836 and her letter-book covers the years 1840-1845. Also included is a collection of personal and legal papers relating to two generations of the Sharples family.
2 Reels with printed Guide SHREWSBURY PAPERS: LETTERS FROM JAMES VERNON TO THE DUKE OF SHREWSBURY, 1696-1708
From Boughton House, Northamptonshire. Introduction and calendar by Dennis Rubini, Temple University, Philadelphia. This microfilm edition is of an annotated xerox copy of the original manuscript letters on foreign affairs from James Vernon to Charles Talbot, Duke of Shrewsbury, covering the years 1696-1708 which form Volumes II-IV of the Shrewsbury Papers in the possession of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry in Boughton House, Northamptonshire.
3 Reels with printed Guide SPARLING & BOLDEN LETTER BOOK, THE... 1788-1799
From Liverpool Public Library. Introduction by M.M. Schofield, Wade Deacon Grammar School for Boys, Widnes, Lancashire. Letters of Liverpool merchants trading with Virginia.
1 Reel STEVENS, WALLLACE – CUMMINGTON PRESS CORRESPONDENCE, THE... 1941-1951
From the collection in the John Rylands University Library of Manchester. Introduction by Dr. Carolyn Masel, University of Manchester. This collection consists of 106 letters, comprising originals of Stevens' letters and carbon copies of the letters that the Cummington Press sent to him. The original typescript of Stephens' famous poem, Notes Toward a Supreme Fiction complete with Stevens' emendations to the text at the proof-reading stage, is included in the collection.
1 Reel with printed Guide TARLETON PAPERS, THE... 18th CENTURY
From Liverpool Record Office. Introduction by P.D. Richardson, University of Hull. Papers of Sir Banastre Tarleton and John Tarleton, Sr., relating to trade with America.
1 Reel with printed Guide THESES RELATING TO AMERICAN HISTORY, COLLECTION OF...
Much of the research work in American history is not published but remains buried in theses in University libraries. The purpose of this collection is to make available on microfilm this wide range of historical writing to which it has hitherto been difficult to secure access.
Series I: 77 Theses, 78 Reels
Series II: 11 Theses, 48 Fiches + 1 Reel TOWNSHEND, CHARLES, PAPERS OF... IN THE BUCCLEUCH AND QUEENSBERRY MUNIMENTS, 1765-1767
From Dalkeith House, Midlothian. Introduction by Professor T.C. Smout, University of Edinburgh. Giving an insight into Townshend's policy, which helps to explain the colonial reaction to imperial government.
3 Reels TREDEGAR PARK MUNIMENTS, AMERICAN MATERIAL FROM THE... 1719-1825
From the National Library of Wales. Introduction by Dr. Clare Taylor, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Consisting of the family papers of the Gould (later Morgan) family and includes the King Gould Manuscripts, 1725-57, which give a fascinating glimpse into army life in North America; the Bradstreet Papers, 1741-1825, an account of 18th century warfare, especially frontier warfare, in North America; instructions to George, Earl of Qrkney, 1719, issued on his appointment as Governor General of Virginia; and the Philips Manuscripts, 1719-64, concerned with Richard Philips's governorship of Nova Scotia and trade between colony and mother country.
7 Reels with printed Guide TUDWAY OF WELLS ANTIGUAN ESTATE PAPERS, THE... 1689-1920
From Somerset Record Office. Introduction by Kenneth Morgan of Brunel University. Documents relating to the Parham plantation, a sugar estate in Antigua owned by the Tudway Family. Provides comprehensive accounts, correspondence and the operating procedures of sugar plantation.
30 Reels with printed Guide UNITARIAN COLLEGE, MANCHESTER, THE AMERICAN LETTERS OF THE... 1751-1907
Introduction by B.W. Clapp, University of Exeter, and F. Kenworthy, Principal of the Unitarian College, Manchester. 36 letters from American to English Unitarian Ministers.
1 Reel UNITED SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL, AMERICAN MATERIAL IN THE ARCHIVES OF THE...
See under American Material
VASSAL LETTER-BOOKS, THE... 1769-1800
From Sheffield Central Library. Introduction by Professor W.E. Minchinton, University of Exeter. Letters of a Jamaican sugar planter resident in Boston, Mass., much of whose property was confiscated and sold during the war.
1 Reel VAUGHAN, SIR CHARLES, THE AMERICAN PAPERS OF... 1769-1800
From All Souls College, Oxford University, England. Introduction by Professor R.C. Simmons, University of Birmingham. Covering Vaughan's period as British Minister to the USA during the years 1825-1830 and all the other material relating to America in his political, official and personal correspondence, journals and commonplace books. This is the only collection in existence that provides such a comprehensive overview of the man who assisted in the formation of the US, as we know it today.
12 Reels VERNON, JAMES, LETTERS FROM... TO THE DUKE OF SHREWSBURY, 1696-1708
See under Shrewsbury Papers
WALES AND AMERICA: AMERICAN MATERIAL FROM THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF WALES
Introduction by Dr. Clare Taylor, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Documents concerning Welsh migration to America during the 17th and 18th centuries, the Madoc legend and political, economic and cultural links between the two countries.
19 Reels with printed Guide WEDGWOOD PAPERS, THE... 1765-1906
From the Josiah Wedgwood Museum. Introduction by Mrs. A. Finer. Letters, order book and an account of a visit to South Carolina by Josiah Wedgwood in 1767-8 in search of clay.
1 Reel WELD PAPERS, THE... 1839-1889
From Dorset Record Office. Introduction by Professor Charlotte Erickson, University of Cambridge. Papers concerning the Maryland and New York Iron & Coal Company.
1 Reel WEST INDIES RECORDS OF THE UNITED SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL, C AND X SERIES, c.1710-1908
From the Archives of the U.S.P.G., now held at Rhodes House Library, Oxford. Introduction by Dr. Clare Taylor, University College of Wales. Comprises the C Series Diocesan records of Antigua and the Leeward Islands (1802-1849), British Guiana (1828-1858), Central America and the Mosquito Shore (1769-1847), Jamaica (1820-1855), Trinidad (1834-1854) and West Indies general (1823-1908), together with the C and X Series material from c.1710 relating to Codrington College, Barbados.
19 Reels with printed Guide WEST INDIES RECORDS OF THE UNITED SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE GOSPEL, E SERIES REPORTS, c.1901-1952
From the Archives of the U.S.P.G., now held at Rhodes House Library, Oxford. Introduction by Dr. Clare Taylor, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. These reports record the activities of a dedicated group of missionaries working in the West Indies at a critical and formative point of their history during the move from crown colony status to full independence. It was a struggle seen in the island churches and reflected in the informed and well-written reports of such men as Archbishop Edward Hutson, and Archdeacon H.R. Davies.
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WHARNCLIFFE MANUSCRIPTS RELATING TO THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR, 1864-1872
From Sheffield City Library. Introduction by B.A. Holderness, University of East Anglia. These family papers of the ancient Yorkshire family, the Wortley's of Wharncliffe Chase, near Sheffield, consist in the main of correspondence to the 3rd Lord Wharncliffe concerning the affairs of the Confederacy during the Civil War.
1 Reel with printed Guide WHITBREAD, SAMUEL, THE PAPERS OF... 1807-1815
From Bedfordshire County Record Office. Introduction by Dr. J.R. Pole, Churchill College, Cambridge. Consisting, in the main, of letters of a political nature from William Roscoe, William Wilberforce, etc., which reveal Samuel Whitbread's interest in the commercial consequences of economic warfare.
1 Reel WODROW-KENRICK CORRESPONDENCE, c.1750-1810
From Dr. Williams's Library, London, Mss. 24 and 157. Introduction by Dr. Colin Bonwick, University of Keele. Calendar prepared by John Creasey, Librarian, Dr. Williams's Library. James Wodrow (1730-1810), a Scottish Presbyterian minister, and Samuel Kenrick (1728-1811), a Dissenting English banker, maintained an extensive correspondence for 60 years. Until about 1774, the two men concentrated in their letters on personal matters – travels, theology, matters of interest to Dissenters, etc., but thereafter, the central theme of the correspondence is a debate over the American Revolution.
2 Reels with printed Guide WYKEHAM-MARTIN PAPERS, THE... 1672-1820
From Kent County Archives, Maidstone. Introduction by Dr. Dennis Rubini, Temple University, Pennsylvania. Dealing particularly with the estates of the Culpepper, Fairfax and Martin families in Virginia, and the difficulties inherent in owning American property after the War of Independence.