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The John Harvard Library offers a collection of over 70 titles in American history and culture, ranging from the colonial era to the early 20th century. The first volume was published in 1960, and most of the library followed quickly throughout the 1960s. Each volume contains one or more primary sources written by leading American figures and was edited, with an introduction, by a distinguished scholar. Harvard University Press has begun reissuing the series in print and has arranged the electronic distribution for many of the volumes through HEB. The list below is partial and will be supplemented and hyperlinked as titles become available.

The titles in this series are designated by their series logo.  

Author Title Date
Addams, Jane Democracy and Social Ethics 1964
Agassiz, Louis Essay on Classification 1962
Alexander, James A Brief Narrative of the Case and Trial of John Peter Zenger, Printer of the New York Weekly Journal 1972
Arthur, Timothy Shay Ten Nights in a Bar-room, and What I Saw There 1964
Bellamy, Edward The Duke of Stockbridge: A Romance of Shay's Rebellion 1962
Bellamy, Edward Looking Backward, 2000-1887 1967
Bentley, Arthur F. The Process of Government 1967
Bradstreet, Anne and Hensley, Jeannine The Works of Anne Bradstreet 1967
Carnegie, Andrew The Gospel of Wealth, and Other Timely Essays 1962
Cooper, James Fenimore The Crater: or Vulcan's Peak 1962
Cotton, John and Ziff, Larzer John Cotton on the Churches of New England 1968
Donnelly, Ignatius Caesar's Column: a Story of the Twentieth Century 1960
Douglass, Frederick and Quarles, Benjamin Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave, Written by Himself 1960, 1988
Dunn, Richard S. and Yeandle, Laetitia The Journal of John Winthrop, 1630-1649 1996
Emerson, Ralph Waldo English Traits 1966
Finney, Charles Grandison Lectures on Revivals of Religion 1960
Fitzhugh, George and Woodward, C. Vann Cannibals All! or Slaves Without Masters 1960, 1988
Frederic, Harold and Carter, Everett The Damnation of Theron Ware 1960
Garland, Hamlin Crumbling Idols: Twelve Essays on Art Dealing Chiefly with Literature, Painting and the Drama 1960
Grimke, Frederick The Nature and Tendency of Free Institutions 1964
Gronlund, Laurence The Cooperative Commonwealth 1965
Hamilton, Alexander and Madison, James The Federalist
Harvey, William Hope Coin's Financial School 1963
Herrick, Robert The Memoirs of an American Citizen 1963
Jefferson, Joseph and Downer, Alan S. The Autobiography of Joseph Jefferson 1964
Kemble, Fanny and Clinton, Catherine Fanny Kemble's Journals 2000
Loeb, Jacques The Mechanistic Conception of Life 1964
Mather, Cotton and Levin, David Bonifacius: An Essay Upon the Good 1966
Mather, Cotton Magnalia Christi Americana, Books I and II 1977
McCloskey, Robert Green The Works Of James Wilson Volume One 1967
McCloskey, Robert Green The Works Of James Wilson Volume Two 1967
Noble, Louis Legrand and Vesell, Elliot S. The Life and Works of Thomas Cole 1964
Patton, Simon N. The New Basis of Civilization 1968
Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart The Gates Ajar 1964
Paul, Susan and Smith Lois Memoir of James Jackson 2000
Piercy, Frederick Hawkins Route from Liverpool to Great Salt Lake Valley 1962
Ray, Isaac and Overholser, Winfred A Treatise on the Medical Jurisprudence of Insanity 1962
Rudolph, Frederick Essays on Education in the Early Republic 1965
Ruffin, Edmund An Essay of Calcareous Manures 1961
Silbey, Joel H. The American Party Battle: Election Campaign Pamphlets, 1828-1854 Volume I 1999
Silbey, Joel H. The American Party Battle: Election Campaign Pamphlets, 1828-1876. Volume II, 1854-1876 1999
Smith, Samuel Stanhope An Essay of the Causes of the Variety of Complexion and Figure in the Human Species 1965
Smith, Jr., William The History of the Province of New-York, Volume One: From the First Discovery to the Year 1732 1972
Smith, Jr., William The History of the Province of New-York, Volume Two: A Continuation, 1732-1762 1972
Stallo, Johan Bernhard The Concepts and Theories of Modern Physics 1960
Stevenson, Robert Louis From Scotland to Silverado: Comprising The Amateur Emigrant: "From the Clyde to Sandy Hook" and "Across the Plains," The Silverado Squatters & Four Essays on California 1966
TourgÈe, Albion W. A Fool's Errand 1961
Vaughan, Alden T. and Clark, Edward W. Puritans among the Indians: Accounts of Captivity and Redemption, 1676-1724 1981
Wayland, Francis The Elements of Moral Science 1963
Weems, Mason L. The Life of Washington 1962

rev. 11/29/2016