The Fabric of Our Nation: A Nineteenth-Century Night Shirt Reveals the Complex Value of Material Objects
Collecting for Salvation: American Antiquarianism and the Natural History of the East
On the Importance of Archival Perseverance: The Mss. of William Jenks’s Memoir of the Northern Kingdom
“Ho for Salt River!”
Freedom in the Archives: Free African Americans in Colonial America
Our Mayflower Bible
Finding Barnum on the Internet
Winterthur XXX: Searching for early American erotica
The Emancipation of Boyhood
Pressing Matters: An experiential study of the Isaiah Thomas printing press at the American Antiquarian Society
Recipe for a Culinary Archive: An Illustrated Essay
Mapping the Transatlantic Slave Trade
Curating the Past That’s Alive in Our Minds
The Advice Jefferson Never Received: Health Counsel Delivered to Jefferson From His Italian Friend Filippo Mazzei, Two Hundred Years Too Late
Antiquarian Collecting and the Transits of Indigenous Material Culture: Rethinking “Indian Relics” and Tribal Histories
The Things They Collected
Enlightenment in the Margins
Constructing the Magazine of Early American Datasets (MEAD): An Invitation to Share and Use Data about Early America
The Business of Building Books
What the Artist Saw and What the Editors Ignored: Charles Willson Peale’s Wartime Journal and the Perils of Historical Editing
Pigeons: And Their Cuisine
Baubles of Death
Samson Occom’s Missionary Correspondence and the Common Pot
What is Evans-TCP?
A Newly Discovered Map by Antoine-Simon Le Page du Pratz
How To Do Things with Indian Texts
Stuffed into a Parakeet: Speculations on Alexander Wilson’s “Faithful Companion,” Specimen MCZ 67853
Undergraduates in Early American Archives: Transcribing Quaker Scribal Texts
Speed Reading in the Archives
A House in Vermont, a Caribbean Beach
Reconstructing a Lost Library: George Wythe’s “legacie” to President Thomas Jefferson
Instructions for the Young: Nineteenth-Century Schoolbooks
Lincoln/Net: Abraham Lincoln Historical Digitization Project
American Shores: Maps of the Middle Atlantic Region to 1850
The World in a Grain of Sand: Archival research in Dominica
Expanded Column: The Digital Evans
Do Not Despair: Suicide in the archives
History Made from Stories Found
The Undigested History of the Nantucket Atheneum
France in America – La France en Amérique
The Massachusetts Historical Society
Can This Museum Be Saved?
Exposed to Air after Fifty Years!
Early American History
Music and Meaning In Early America: Resources for Further Reading and Listening
Research as Relationship
Genealogy and History
Portals to the Past
Still Pequot After All These Years
Excerpts From “Kingdom”
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