Source Institution Profiles

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American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609-1634. The Manuscript Library has two collections relevant to the American Revolution: The United States Revolution Collection, 1754-1928; and the Orderly Books Collection, 1758-1813. AAS has one of the largest un-microfilmed collections of orderly books. Numbers are from a xerox catalog obtained from the Society. The Society can be reached online.

British Library
The British Library at St Pancras, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, is a research library, not a public reference library. Admission to the Library cannot be guaranteed. Access to the reading rooms is provided to those who have reached a point in their research where no other library can adequately supply all the information required, or who can demonstrate a legitimate need to use items in the collection to further their research. The majority of the Library's collection of humanities material is held in closed access storage and needs to be identified and ordered from store using a variety of catalogues and bibliographies. Further information on admission is available online. An online manuscript catalog is available.

Clements Library
The William L. Clements Library, 909 S. University Avenue, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190. Located on the central campus of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, the William L. Clements Library houses original resources for the study of American history and culture from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. Clements Library is available online.

Connecticut HS
The Connecticut Historical Society, 1 Elizabeth Street at Asylum Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 06105. A non-profit museum, library, and education center, The Connecticut Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets the history of the diverse people—past and present—who have made Connecticut their home. American Revolution Collection, 7 reels of microfilm. Most published in Collections of the Connecticut Historical Society, VII, 1899. The Society has an excellent website.

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Fort Ticonderoga Museum
Thompson-Pell Research Center, Fort Ticonderoga, Fort Road, Box 390 Ticonderoga, New York 12883. Information on the use of their collections is available online. There is also information on the history and restoration of the fort.

Gilder Lehrman Collection
The Gilder Lehrman Collection, on deposit at the Pierpont Morgan Library, 29 East 36th Street New York, NY 10016, is one of the largest collections of American historical documents in private hands. The collection is available for research through the Morgan Library Reading Room by appointment. The Library posts its schedule and hours at its web site. More information on the Gilder Lehrman Collection is available online.

Hessisches Staatsarchiv Marburg
The Hessisches Staatsarchiv Marburg, Friedrichsplatz 15, 35037 Marburg. Information is available online (auf Deutsch).

HS Pennsylvania
Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5699. The Historical Society has many manuscript orderly books, representing middle states involvement in the war, most of which haven't been microfilmed. Bob McDonald is currently working with HSP to film these books. Online information.

Huntington Library
The Huntington Library, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, California 91108. The Huntington Library has a rich collection of rare books and manuscripts principally in the fields of British and American history and literature. It's collection of manuscript Orderly Books is excellent. Online information.

Library of Congress
Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Room LM101, James Madison Building 101 Independence Ave., S.E., Washington, D.C. 20540-4680. The Division's holdings, more than fifty million items in eleven thousand separate collections, include some of the greatest manuscript treasures of American history and culture and support scholarly research in many aspects of political, cultural, and scientific history. There is an extensive manuscript orderly book collection. Numbers in the tables refer to identification numbers listed in Manuscript Sources in the Library of Congress for Research on the American Revolution. Extensive information is available online.

Massachusetts HS
The Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215-3695. Online information

Morristown NHP Library
Morristown National Historic Park Library, Washington Place, Morristown, NJ 07960. The library houses an extensive collection of revolutionary war documents, which are available on microfilm available from UMI. Information on the Park and Library are available online.

National Archives and Records Administration
The National Archives, has two locations in the Washington DC area, and many regional branch locations around the US. Those wanting to view original manuscript documents need to be sure of which archives building houses the collection they are interested in, and find out if the collection has been filmed. Once filmed, the curators don't like to allow access to the original. The two Washington DC locations are: The National Archives Building, National Archives and Records Administration, 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20408 and National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 . Fortunately the Orderly Books have been filmed and should be available at any of the regional branches as well as at the microfilm reading room on 7th street, and at many good research libraries.. These films are also available for rent from NARA and from Heritage Quest. There is a guide to this film: Online Numbered Record Books Concerning Military Operations and Service, Pay and Settlement of Accounts, and Supplies in the War Department Collection of Revolutionary War Records, M853. Numbers following "M853" are reel, volume, and page numbers. NARA Website.

The National Archives of Canada (formerly: Public Archive of Canada)
The National Archives of Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N3, preserves Canada's archival heritage, and makes it available to Canadians through a wide variety of means - publications, exhibitions, special events, as well as reference and researcher services. Inquiries are invited. Further information is available online.

The National Archives of Scotland (formerly the Scottish Record Office)
The National Archives of Scotland (or NAS), H M General Register House, Edinburgh, EH1 3YY, has one of the most varied collection of archives in the British Isles. It is the main archive for sources on the history of Scotland as a separate kingdom, her role in the British Isles and the links between Scotland and many other countries over the centuries. The NAS holds records spanning the 12th to the 21st centuries, touching on virtually every aspect of Scottish life. The NAS is the repository for the public and legal records of Scotland but also holds many local and private archives. Information is available online. Inquiries are accepted by email: e-mail them at enquiries@nas.gov.uk

National Army Museum
The National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HT, England. Information is available online.

Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St., Chicago, IL 60610-3305. The Newberry Library is an independent research library concentrating in the humanities with an active educational and cultural presence in Chicago. Privately funded, but free and open to the public, it houses an extensive non-circulating collection of rare books, maps, and manuscripts. Anyone over the age of 16 conducting research on a topic covered by the collections may become a reader. Additional information is available online.

New Brunswick Museum
The Archives & Reference Library research facility is located on the first floor of the New Brunswick Museum, 277 Douglas Ave., Saint John, N.B., Canada E2K 1E5. Information on the collections exist online, but no catalog.

New Jersey State Archives
185 West State Street - Level 2, P.O. Box 307, New Jersey State Library Building, Trenton, NJ 08625-0307. The official repository for all New Jersey colonial and state government records of enduring historical value. More information is available online.

New-York HS
The New-York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024. The facility contains a library and museum. Most of the orderly books we've found reference to have been microfilmed: Early American Orderly Books, 1748-1817, Reel Guide and Subject Index to The Microfilm Collection, Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications, 1977. The EAB series contains the Society's collection of orderly books from the French and Indian War through the War of 1812. Numbers following the pound sign are the item number and reel number. We have found some citations to other orderly books, which are not on film, but have yet to verify their existence. General information on the Historical Society, it's collections and programs are available online.

Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv Wolfenbüttel
The Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv Wolfenbüttel, Forstweg 2, 38302 Wolfenbüttel. No website.

North Carolina Dept of Archives & History
Mailing address: State Archives of N.C., Archival Services Branch, 4614 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-4614. Physical Address: 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh, N.C. 27601. More information is available online.

Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador
Client services Section, Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador, Colonial Building, Military Road, St. John's, NF, Canada, A1C 2C9. Additional information is available online.

Public Record Office
The Public Record Office, Kew, Surrey, TW9 4DU, is the repository of the national archives for England, Wales and the United Kingdom. It was founded by act of Parliament in 1838 to bring together and preserve the records of central government and the courts of law, and to make them available to all who wish to consult them. There is much information on getting information from the PRO, online. In addition, the PRO accepts inquiries via email: E-mail Enquiries: (about your visit or the records): enquiry@pro.gov.uk

Royal Artillery Institution
The Royal Artillery Library & Archives contain a massive amount of information on the subject of artillery as well as about the Regiment, and enquiries may be addressed in writing to:

The Historical Secretary
Royal Artillery Institution
Old Royal Military Academy
Woolwich, London SE18 4DN

There is further material available online, about halfway down the page.

The Royal Institution Library
21 Albemarle St., London, W1S 4BS, United Kingdom. Meager information is available online. Inquiries are invited: ril@ri.ac.uk

Royal Museum of Scotland
Royal Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, EDINBURGH EH1 1JF, Scotland Telephone +44 131 225 7534 (voice)

Rutgers University
Special Collections / University Archives, Archibald S. Alexander Library, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-1163. More information avaialable online.

Society of the Cincinnati
Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20008.The house serves as the Society's headquarters, library and museum. The Library is open to the public by appointment [contact Ellen McCallister Clark, Public Services Librarian, (202) 765-2040, ext 426]; contains books and documents relating to the war, the art of war in the 18th century and the history of the Society.

Washington's Headquarters
Washington's Headquarters State Historic Site, 84 Liberty Street, P.O. Box 1783, Newburgh, NY 12551. Some online information.

West Point
United States Military Academy Library, Special Collections Division, West Point New York 10996. The West Point Library has several manuscript orderly books, as well as microfilm holdings covering units stationed at West Point. Orderly books are kept in the vault, the Works Progress Administration(WPA) and Sheffield collections. The microfilm collection has many orderly books from other collections on film. No online link found.

West Yorkshire Archives
West Yorkshire Archive Service, Calderdale District Archives, Central Library, Northgate, Halifax, Yorkshire, HX1 1UN, England

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Last Updated: 25 August 2002