Electronic Resources

The following online databases are valuable resources for the study of the American Revolution, the Society of the Cincinnati and other subjects related to our library’s holdings. Most of the databases are freely available outside of the library, indicated as open access; while, those that are limited to on-site library users are indicated as such.

Early American Newspapers, Series 1, 1690-1876: From Colonies to Nation (on-site access only)

More than 340,000 fully searchable issues from over 730 historical American newspapers, focusing largely on the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

Fold3 (on-site access only)

Full-text searchable access to more than 470 million U.S. military service records. The database spans hundreds of years and includes special collections from a variety of institutions.

JSTOR (on-site access only)

Full-text access to more than 10 million academic journal articles, books and primary sources in 75 disciplines, including the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography and the William & Mary Quarterly.

American Archives (open access)

Access to Peter Force’s American Archives, containing thousands of pamphlets, booklets and newspaper articles pertaining to the origin, settlement and progress of the colonies in North America.

Chronicling America, Library of Congress (open access)

A searchable database of U.S. newspapers from 1789 to 1963, with descriptive information and select digitization.

Colonial North American Project at Harvard University (open access)

Access to approximately 470,000 digitized pages of materials that relate to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century North America.

DAR Genealogical Research Databases: Ancestor Search (open access)

Searchable database of membership applications and supplemental applications for membership to the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.

Founders Online, National Archives (open access)

Over 181,000 searchable, fully annotated documents related to George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams (and family), Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison.

Naval Documents of the AmericanRevolution (open access)

Downloadable PDFs of the first 12 volumes of Naval Documents of the American Revolution from the Naval History and Heritage Command. The collection includes diaries, letters, petitions, ships’ logs, muster rolls, orders, official reports and newspaper accounts from American, British, French and Spanish troops.

Rev War ’75: Index of Orderly Books (open access)

An online cross-referenced index of approximately 950 surviving orderly books of the Continental Army.

Southern Campaigns Revolutionary War Pension Statements & Rosters (open access)

Nearly 30,000 transcribed pension applications for soldiers who served in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Research Guides

Revolutionary War Officers and Members of the Society of the Cincinnati

A state-by-state guide for conducting research on soldiers of the Revolutionary War as well as early members of the Society of the Cincinnati.

Reading Lists

The following selected bibliographies provide recommended books and articles for further reading on the history of the American Revolution and the Society of the Cincinnati. Most works highlighted in the lists below are published reference materials and are held in the Institute’s library or can be found readily in academic and public libraries.

Art of War in the Eighteenth Century

Works on military and naval art and science in circulation in the eighteenth century are the primary focus of the Society’s Robert Charles Lawrence Fergusson Collection. This selected list of sources on the subject gives context for the study of the early printed books and manuscripts in the Society’s collections.

The British Forces in the Revolutionary War 

Selected readings on the history of the organization, operation and commanding officers of the British Army and Navy during the American Revolutionary War.

The Continental Forces in the Revolutionary War

Selected readings on the history of the organization, administration and operations of the Continental Army and Navy during the American Revolutionary War.

France and the American Revolution

Published primary sources and modern reference works dealing with aspects of French participation in the American Revolution, including army and naval activities and diplomacy.

The Society of the Cincinnati

Readings relevant to the history of the Society of the Cincinnati, from its founding in 1783 to the present. Among the works listed are ones that address the early controversy surrounding the establishment of the Society, histories of the constituent societies, and works on the Society’s emblems of membership.

Teaching the American Revolution

A practical list for teachers and parents of books on the American Revolution. All of the books recommended are in print and readily available from bookstores or online vendors.