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A Research Guide: From the Secondary Source to the Primary Source

Tools for Locating Early American Imprints

Early American 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 by Evans.

The 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.

North 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).

 
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