The Collection contains materials written by leaders, soldiers, and women during the American Revolution. The letters discuss not only the military and political aspects of the war, but also include numerous personal letters that reveal the authors’ private opinions of contemporary people and events.
- Materials relating to women during the Revolutionary War
- African Americans during the American Revolution
- Maps (1763–1783)
- Henry Knox’s business papers detailing early book selling in New England
- Articles of Confederation
- Diseases, including smallpox
- The correspondence between American founders and English historian Catharine Macaulay Graham
- Letters and documents to, from, and about Lucy Knox, daughter of loyalists and wife of Henry Knox, George Washington’s Chief of Artillery
- Treason of Benedict Arnold and his contemporaries’ reactions to his betrayal
- The Battle of Trenton
- The surrender of British General Burgoyne’s army at Saratoga in 1777 and the plight of the “convention army”
- The surrender at Yorktown, a contemporary, manuscript copy of the Articles of Capitulation
Educational resources including essays, timelines, multimedia, interactives, featured primary sources, and other teaching resources can be found in the History by Era section of our website. Our Featured Primary Sources include introductions, transcriptions, and images of documents, available to all educators, with additional content of questions for discussion and printable hand-outs for Affiliate School members.