Imprints are any books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed in America.
Throughout your research, you will find many citations to sources and
writings written in the eighteenth century. If you find a title that
was printed in the colonies at that time, then you will be able to look
at a copy of it on microfilm at a library in your area. Each printed
source identified by Evans has been assigned a number, better known
as the Evans Number, which you will find in the cataloging record for
the source. Most university libraries have the Early American Imprints,
1640-1800 microfilm series and are beginning to catalog titles they
have on microfilm in their online catalogs. The microfilm series contains
copies of each of the early American imprint titles recorded and numbered
Catalogue of Early American Imprints, 1640-1800 on CD-ROM
The Catalog of
Early American Imprints, which is also available in printed volumes
(see Evans in the Bibliography section of the guide), contains citations
for materials printed in what is now the United States prior to 1801.
Included are works cited in Charles Evans' American Bibliography, including
Roger Bristol's supplement. Additional works, identified by the North
American Imprints Program (NAIP), are also covered.
American Imprints Project (NAIP)
Within the (NAIP)
database, created by the staff of the American
Antiquarian Society, numerous access points make it possible to
sort entries by printer, location, provenance, publisher, and relevant
bibliography. NAIP now provides by far the most comprehensive listing
of pre1801 American imprints, as well as locations based on reports
from institutions of their holdings and locations. The NAIP records
are part of the American Antiquarian Society's online catalog, which
can be accessed through their web site at (www.americanantiquarian.org).