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Post by ALRA » Tue Apr 15, 2008 3:24 pm

Recommended Reading List

Below are useful sources of information. Of course, this is not a complete list, and you are strongly encouraged to find new ones (and update the list!) As always, each source must be checked for location and time period to ensure it applies to any particular persona, and no source is perfect.

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This list was last updated on November 12, 2017.

1. Primary source defined. A contemporary account of or the description of an item or article of clothing. These may be official documents, diaries, first hand written accounts, newspapers, or paintings or engravings of the time period. Books and published articles that describe equipment and clothing that are in museums and are presented by authoritative sources should be acceptable as a primary source. An archaeological recovery and the reports of that discovery giving dates, locations, etc, are for our purposes to be considered a primary source.

2. Secondary source defined. Sources that review and interpret primary sources. Secondary sources may provide more information about an item because they review more than one primary source. Secondary sources may include reproductions of original pieces as examples. Secondary sources should be scholarly and by recognized authorities. They are used when a second primary source cannot be found.


  • Calver, William & Bolton, Reginald, History Written With Pick and Shovel, New York Historical Society, New York, NY 1950
  • Grimm, Jacob L., Archaeological Investigation of Fort Ligonier, 1960-1965, Carnegie Museum, Pittsburgh, PA 1970
  • Hume, Ivor Noel, A Guide to Artifacts of Colonial America, Vintage Books, Random House, New York, NY 1969
  • Neumann, George C., and Kravic, Frank J., Collector's Illustrated Encyclopedia of the American Revolution, Rebel Publishing, Texarkana, TX 1975
  • Neumann, George C., Early American Antique Country Furnishings, L-W Book Sales, Gas City, IN 1984
  • Starbuck, David R., The Great Warpath; British Military Sites from Albany to Crown Point, University Press of New England, Hanover, NH 1999

Primary Sources
  • Albion, Robert G. (ed.), Fithians Journal, 1775-1776, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ 1934
  • Archives of Maryland Online,
  • Bartram, William, The Travels of William Bartram, edited with commentary and an annotated index by Francis Harper - Naturalist's ed., The Univ of Georgia, Athens, GA 1998
  • Beaty, Charles, Charles Beaty's Journal 1762-1769, LAC 1971
  • Beauchamp, Rev Wm. W., STD, Moravian Journals Relating to Central New York, 1745 - 66; The Dehler Press, Syracuse, NY 1916: online facsimile edition, from "Diary of the Journal of Br. Cammerhoff and David Zeisberger to the Five Nations from May 3-14 to August 6-17, 1750.
  • Burgoyne, Bruce E. (Translator), Georg Pausch's Journal and Reports of the Campaign in America, Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie MD 1996
  • Commanger, Henry Steele and Morris, Richard B. (eds), The Spirit of Seventy Six, The Story of the American Revolution, As Told By Participants, Da Capo Press, New York, NY 1995
  • Cook, Frederick (Ed.), Journals of the Military Expedition of Major General John Sullivan Against the Six Nations of Indians in 1779, Knapp, Peck and Thomson, Auburn, NY 1887 (Reprint: Heritage Books, Bowie, MD 2000)
  • Costa, Tom (Ed.), The Geography of Slavery in Virginia, Virgina Gazette, VA, Runaway Ads
  • Cresswell, Nicholas, The Journal of Nicholas Cresswell, 1774-1777, The Dial Press, New York, NY 1924
  • Dann, John C. (Ed.), The Revolution Remembered, Eyewitness Accounts of the War for Independence, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL 1980
  • Darlington, William M. (Ed), Christopher Gist's Journals, J. R. Weldin and Co., Pittsburgh PA 1893
  • de Finiels, Nicholas, An Account of Upper Louisiana 1803, University of Missouri Press, Columbia, MO 1989
  • Diderot, Denis, A Diderot Pictorial Encyclopedia of Trades and Industry, Two Volumes, Charles C. Gillespie, editor. Dover, New York, NY 1959, 1987
  • Doddridge, Joseph, The Settlement and Indian Wars of the Western Parts of Virginia and Pennsylvania, 1763-1783, Heritage Books, Inc. Bowie MD 1988
  • Dickenson, Samuel (ed.), New Travels in North America by Jean-Bernard Bossu 1770-1771, Northwestern State University Press, Natchitoches, LA 1982
  • Dorson, Richard M., American Rebels - Narratives of the Patriots, Pantheon Books, Inc., New York, NY 1953
  • Dow, George Francis, The Arts and Crafts in New England, 1704-1775, Da Capo Press, New York, NY 1967
  • Dwight, Sereno Edwards (Ed.), Memoirs of the Rev. David Brainerd; Missionary to the Indians, S. Converse, New Haven, CN 1822
  • Egerton, Judy, British Sporting and Animal Paintings 1655-1867, The Tate Gallery, London 1978
  • Flick, Alexander C. (ed.), The Papers of Sir William Johnson. Vol 4, University of the State of New York, Albany, NY 1925
  • Fox, Ebenezer,The Adventures of Ebenezer Fox in the Revolutionary War, Charles Fox, Boston, Massachusetts, 1847
  • Geography of Slavery,
  • Gottesman, Rita S., The Arts and Crafts in New York, 1726-1776, Da Capo Press, New York, NY 1970
  • Hearne, Samuel and Turnor, Philip, Journals of Samuel Hearne and Philip Turnor Between the Years 1774-1778, Greenwood Press, New York, NY 1968
  • Heckewelder, Rev. John, History, Manners, and Customs of The Indian Nations Who Once Inhabited Pennsylvania and the Neighboring States, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1876 (Reprint Heritage Books, Bowie, MD 1990)
  • Kalm, Peter, Peter Kalm's Travels in North America; The English Version of 1770, Dover Publications, New York, NY 1987
  • Knox, John,The Siege of Quebec and the Campaigns in North America, 1757-1760, Pendragon House Limited, Mississauga, Ontario, 1980
  • Library of Congress,
  • Long, J, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, Johnson Reprint Co., New York, NY
  • Martin, Joseph Plumb (Scheer, George ed.), Private Yankee Doodle, Little, Brown, and Co., Boston, MA 1954
  • Mason, Frances Norton (ed.), John Norton and Sons, Merchants of London and Virginia 1750-1795, Augustus M. Kelley, New York, NY 1968
  • McClure, David, Ohio Country Missionary, The Diary of David McClure 1748-1820, Rettig's Frontier Ohio, Waterville, OH 1996 (First printing 1899)
  • Moulton, Gary (ed), The Journals of Lewis and Clark, University of Nebraska Press/University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries-Electronic Text, Lincoln, NE 2005
  • Newspapers,
  • North Carolina Runaway Slave Advertisements, 1750-1840,
  • Pickering, Timothy, An Easy Plan of Discipline for a Militia, 2nd Ed. Boston 1776, Reprint by King's Arms Press
  • Pittman, Captain Phillip, The Present State of the European Settlements on the Mississippi, University of Florida Press, Gainesville, FL 1973
  • Pouchot, Pierre (Dunnigan, Brian Leigh ed.), Memoirs of the Late War in North America Between France and England, 1754-1760, Old Fort Niagara Publications 1994
  • Prime, Alfred Coxe, Colonial Craftsmen of Pennsylvania, Penna. Museum of Industrial Art, Philadelphia, PA 1925
  • Prime, Alfred Coxe, The Arts and Crafts in Philadelphia, Maryland, and South Carolina Part 1, 1721-1785, Da Capo Press, New York, NY 1969
  • Prime, Alfred Coxe, The Arts and Crafts in Philadelphia, Maryland, and South Carolina, Part 2, 1786-1800, The Walpole Society, New York, NY 1969
  • Roberts, Kenneth & Anna (eds.), Moreau de St. Merys American Journey, 1793-98, Country Life Press, Garden City, NJ 1947
  • Shesgreen, Sean (ed.), Engravings By Hogarth, Dover Publications, New York, NY 1973
  • Smith, James, An Account of the Remarkable Occurances in the Life and Travels of Col. James Smith, 1755-1759, (Reprint by) Robert Clarke and Co., Cincinnati, OH 1870
  • South Carolina Historical Society, The Shaftesbury Papers, Tempus Publishing Co., Charleston, SC
  • St. John de Crevecouer, Hector J., Letters From An American Farmer and Sketches of Eighteenth Century America, Penguin Books, New York, NY 1981
  • Stockham, Peter, editor,Little Book of Early American Crafts & Trades, Dover Publications, Inc, New York, NY 1976. This is an unabridged republication of Part I of the work published by Jacob Johnson in Philadelphia and Richmond in 1807 under the title The Book of Trades, or Library of the Useful Arts
  • Townsend, James, and Son, Inc, editor, Sifting the Past, Studying the Past, One Image at a Time,, Pierceton, IN
  • Trelawny, Robert,Trelawny Papers Volume 3, Published by the Maine Historical Society (James Phinney Baxter, ed), Hoyt, Fogg, and Donham, Portland, Maine 1884
  • Washington, George, George Washington's Journal, as printed in the March 21, 1754, and March 28, 1754, editions of the Maryland Gazette
  • Williams, Ed. G. (ed.), Bouquet's March to the Ohio, The Forbes Road, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh, PA 1975


Secondary Sources
  • Anderson, Fred, A Peoples Army, Massachusetts Soldiers and Society in the Seven Years War, University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC 1984
  • Baumgarten, Linda, Eighteenth Century Clothing at Williamsburg, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg VA 1986
  • Beers, Henry Puyney, The French and British in the Old Northwest - A Bibliographical Guide to Archive and Manuscripts, Wayne State University Press, Detroit, MI 1964
  • Billon, Frederic L.,Annals of St. Louis in its Early Days Under the French and Spanish Dominations, 1764-1804, Nixon-Jones Printing Co., St. Louis, MO 1886
  • Brown, M. L., Firearms in Colonial America, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC 1980
  • Buck, Solon J. and Elizabeth Hawthorn, The Planting of Civilization in Western Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh PA 1939
  • Callahan, North, Daniel Morgan, Ranger of the Revolution, Holt, Rinehart and Winston, New York, NY 1961
  • Davidson, Marshall B., The American Heritage History of Colonial Antiques, American Heritage Publishing C.
  • Delisle, Steve, The Equipment of New France Militia, 1740-1760,Kebeca Liber Ata Co., Bel Air, MD 1999
  • De Schweinitz, Edmund, The Life and Times of David Zeisberger, J. B. Lippincott and Co., Philadelphia PA 1870
  • Dow, George Francis, Everyday Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, Dover Books, New York, NY, 1988
  • Earle, Alice Morse, Home Life in Colonial Times, Berkshire House Publishers, Lee, MA 1993 (originally published in 1896)
  • English, William H., Conquest of the Country Northwest of the Ohio River, 1778-1783, 2 Vols., Heritage Books, Bowie, MD 1991
  • Farris, John T. (ed), On the Trail of Pioneers, George H. Doran C., New York, NY 1920
  • Fuller, J. F. C., British Light Infantry in the Eighteenth Century, Hutchinson and Co., London
  • Gale, R. R., A Soldier-Like Way, The Material Culture of the British Infantry, 1751 - 1768, Track of the Wolf, Inc, Elk River, MN 2007
  • Gallup, Andrew, and Donald Shaffer,La Marine, The French Colonial Soldier in Canada, 1745-1761, Heritage Books, Westminster, MD 1992
  • Gehret, Ellen J., Rural Pennsylvania Clothing, George Shumway Publisher, York, PA 1976
  • George, J. N., English Guns and Rifles Small-arms, Technical Pub. Co., Plantersville, SC 1947
  • Gilgun, Beth, Tidings from the 18th Century, Rebel Publishing, Texarkana, TX 1993
  • Graham, James, The Life of General Daniel Morgan, Derby and Jackson, New York, NY 1856
  • Grant, Madison, The Kentucky Rifle Hunting Pouch, Maple Press, York, PA 1977
  • Hamilton, T. M., Colonial Frontier Guns, Pioneer Press, Union City, TN 1987
  • Hanson, James A., The Long Hunter's Sketch Book, The Fur Press, Chadron, NE 1983
  • Hargreaves, Reginald, The British Serviceman in North America and the Caribbean, 1655 - 1783, Walker and Co., New York, NY
  • Hatt, Gumung, Moccasins and their Relation to Arctic Footwear (Memoirs of the American Anthropological Assoc., Vol. III), Kraus Reprint Corp. New York, NY 1964
  • Hayes, Charles F. (Gen Ed.), Proceedings of the 1984 Trade Gun Conference, Part II, Selected Papers, Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester, NY 1985
  • Hersh, Tandy and Charles, Cloth and Costume 1750 - 1800, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Cumberland County Historical Society, Carlisle, PA 1995
  • Howard, Bryan P., Had On Took With Him, Runnaway Indentured Servant Clothing in Virginia, 1774-1778, (Doctoral Dissertation) Texas A and M, 1996
  • Hubert, Archer Butler & Schwarze, William Nathanial (Eds.), David Zeisberger's History of the North American Indians, Wennawoods Publishing Lewisburg, PA 1999 (First printing 1910)
  • Johnson, Cathy, Living History Drawing on the Past, Graphics/Fine Arts Press, Excelsior Springs, MO 1994
  • Johnson, Cathy, Walk Softly... Moccasins in the context of the Primary Documents, Graphics/Fine Arts Press, Excelsior Springs, MO 1996
  • Johnson, Cathy, Who Was I Creating a Living History Persona, Graphics/Fine Arts Press, Excelsior Springs, MO 1995
  • Johnson, Mary Moyars, Judy Forbes, and Kathy Delany,Historic Colonial French Dress, Ouabache Press, West Lafayette, IN 1982. Revised Edition Edited by Lewis Forbes, Smoke and Fire News, Grand Rapids, OH, 1997
  • Jordan, Terry and Kaups, M., The American Backwoods Frontier, An Ethnic and Ecological Interpretation, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, MD
  • Kannick, Kathleen, The Lady's Guide to Plain Sewing, Kannick Corner, 1993
  • Kauffman, Henry J., The Pennsylvania - Kentucky Rifle, Bonanza, New York, NY 1960
  • Kemmer, Brenton, Redcoats, Yankees, and Allies. A History of the Uniforms, Clothing, and Gear of the British Army in the Lake George - Lake Champlain Corridor, 1755 - 1760, Heritage Books, Westminster, MD 2007
  • Kindig, Joe, Thoughts on the Kentucky Rifle in its Golden Age, George Shumway Publisher, York, PA 1983
  • Klinger, Robert L. and Wilder, Richard A. W., Sketchbook '76, Pioneer Press, Union City, NJ 1967
  • LaCrosse, Richard B., Jr., The Frontier Rifleman, His Arms, Clothing, and Equipment During the Era of the American Revolution, 1760 - 1800, Pioneer Press, Union City, NJ 1989
  • Lobdell, Jared C. (Ed.), Further Materials on Lewis Wetzel and the Upper Ohio Frontier, Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie, MD 1994
  • Lobdell, Jared C. (ed.), Indian Warfare in Western Pennsylvania and North West Virginia at the Time of the American Revolution, Heritage Books, Bowie, MD 1992
  • Lobdell, Jared C. (Ed.), Recollections of Lewis Bonnett, Jr. (1778-1850), Heritage Books, Inc., Bowie MD 1991
  • Monette, John W.,History of the Discovery and Settlement of the Valley of the Mississippi, Harper and Borthers, Publishers, New York, NY 1846
  • Moore, Robert J. Jr, and Richard Haynes,Lewis and Clark; Tailor Made, Trail Worn, Army Life, Clothing, & Weapons of the Corps of Discovery, Far Country Press, Helena, MT 2003
  • Olmstead, Earl P., Blackcoats among the Delaware, Kent State University Press, Kent, OH 1991
  • Parkman, Francis, A Half Century of Conflict, Vol. 1 and 2, Little, Brown, and Co. Boston, MA 1922
  • Parkman, Francis, The Conspiracy of Pontiac and the Indian War After the Conquest of Canada, Vol. 1 and 2, Little, Brown, and Co., Boston, MA 1919
  • Perry, Evan, Collecting Antique Metalware, Doubleday and Co., Garden City, NY
  • Putnam, Albigence Waldo, History of Middle Tennessee: Or, Life and Times of Gen. James Robertson, Southern Methodist Publishing House, Nashville, Tenn. 1859
  • Rosenberger, Richard F. & Kaufmann, Charles, The Longrifles of Western Pennsylvania Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties, University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh PA 1993
  • Ruckman, Joseph, Recreating the American Longhunter: 1740-1790, Graphics/Fine Arts Press, Excelsior Springs, MO 2000
  • Rundorff, William J., Defending the Backcountry: Recreating the Spies and Scouts of the Trans-Appalachian Frontier, Historical Enterprises, Gallatin, TN 2010
  • Shumway, George, George Schreyer, Sr. and Jr., Gunmakers of Hannover, York County, Pennsylvania, George Shumway Publishing, York, PA 1990
  • Shumway, George, Pennsylvania Longrifles of Note (3rd Ed.), George Shumway Publisher, York, PA 1993
  • Shumway, George, Rifles of Colonial America (Vol. I and II) (2nd Ed.), George Shumway Publisher, York, PA 2002
  • Stephenson, R. S., Clash of Empires: The British, French & Indian War 1754-1763. Senator John Heinz Pittsburg Regional History Center and the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Pittsburg, PA 2005
  • Trigger, Bruce G., Handbook of North American Indians, Northeast, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC 1978
  • Trumbull, James Russell, History of Northampton, Massachusetts from 1654, Vol. 12, Northampton, MA 1902
  • Warwick, Edward, Henry C. Pitz, and Alexander Wyckoff, Early American Dress, The Colonial and Revolutionary Periods, Bonanza Books, New York 1965
  • Whisker, James B., Arms Makers of Colonial America, Associated University Press, Cranbury, NJ 1992
  • Whisker, James B., Arms Makers of Pennsylvania, Associated University Presses, Inc., Cranbury, NJ 1990
  • Whisker, James B., Arms Makers of Western Pennsylvania, Old Bedford Village Press, Bedford, PA 1994
  • Whisker, James B., Gunsmiths of York County, Old Bedford Village Press, Bedford, PA 1995

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