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Early Government Documents

Publications from the Tutt Collection along with links to core documents.

Critical Documents

American Archives, 9 volumes

  • Intended to form a documentary history from the beginning through the ratification of the Constitution. Incomplete due to the failure of Congress to appropriate adequate funds.
  • Period covered is March 7, 1774 to December 31, 1776.
  • Each volume has its own index.

Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the US edited by Francis Wharton. 1777-1784. 6 volumes

  • The index at the end of volume 6 gives access by subject and personal name.
  • Introductory information in volume 1 is also helpful

Secret Journals of the Acts and Procedures of Congress from the first meeting thereof to the dissolution of the confederation, 4 volumes

  • No index – use Poore Docs Index, KF 12.P66 1885
Volume 1 Domestic Affairs 1775-1788
Volume 2 Foreign Affairs 1775-1781
Volume 3 Foreign Affairs 1781-1786
Volume 4 Foreign Affairs 1775-1788


Journals of the Continental Congress 1774-1779, 34 volumes

  • Index volume is shelved at the end of the series.

Papers of the Continental Congress 1774-1779

  • Garden Level, at the end of the collection following Z

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Treaties, Conventions, International Acts, Protocols, and Agreements Between the United States of America and Other Powers, 1776-1949. 12 volumes, Docs S 9.12/2:

  • It is RED – shelved before the blue treaty series.

Documents Illustrative of the Formation of the Union of the American States. Docs Serial Set 8573

Secret Journals of the Acts and Proceedings of Congress from the first meeting thereof to the dissolution of the confederation, 1775-1788. 4 volumes, Docs KF 4505.C66   

Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1971. Docs Serial Set 12938

Letters of Delegates to Congress, 1994-1789. Docs LC 1.34:vol #

  • Supplements the Journal of the Continental Congress.

Letters From a Distinguished American. Docs LC 1.2:Ad 1

  • Letter of John Adams discovered by the Library of Congress in foreign newspapers published during the time of the Revolution.

English Defenders of American Freedom, 1774-1778. Docs LC 1.2:En 3/774-78

  • Six pamphlets attacking British policy.

A Decent Respect to the Opinions of Mankind. Docs LS 1.2:Op 3

  • State papers which the Congress issues before July 4, 1776 to explain the controversy between the American colonies adn Great Britain

Naval Documents of the American Revolution. Docs D 207.12:vol

Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970. Ref HA 202.H57; Docs C 3.134/2:H62/970