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Early American History



This guide will help you locate resources on early American history including the early American wars listed below.


The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war fought primarily between Great Britain and revolutionaries within thirteen of her North American colonies.


The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and Great Britain. This war was fought from 1812 to 1815.


The Mexican-American War was fought between the United States and Mexico between 1846 and 1848.


The American Civil War was fought between the northern and the southern states of the United States of America between the time period of 1861 and 1865.


Books & Audio-Visual Material

The Library Catalog includes books and audio-visual materials for all colleges in the System, all branches of the Harris County Public Library system and all branches of the Montgomery County Memorial Library System. If you can't find a particular item at this Library, you can request it from the other libraries by using your current library card and pin number.


Useful Call Numbers

Call numbers tell you where books are located on the library shelves.  LSC-Tomball Community Library uses both the Library of Congress (LC) and the Dewey Decimal (DD) classification systems.  Most United States history books are located in the call number area“E” section of the Library of Congress system and in the 973 area of the Dewey Decimal system.

   LC  DD
 Indians of North America  E 75-99  970.1
 General United States history  E 151-180  973
 Military, Political and Diplomatic history  E 181-185  355
 Colonial history  E 186-199  973.2
 The Revolution 1775-1783  E 200-298  973.3
 Revolution through early Nineteenth Century  E 300-398  973.4
 The War of 1812  E 351  973.5
 Mexican War  E 400-415  972.03
 Middle Nineteenth Century, 1845-1861  E 415-440  973
 Slavery  E 444  973.71
 Civil War period  E 456-655  973.73
 Abraham Lincoln  E 457  355, 920, 973.8
 Ulysses Grant  E 672  355, 920, 973.8
 Early women’s rights advocates  HQ 1412  324
 American voting rights history  JK 1846  342
 Military leaders  UB 210  973

You may use the same call numbers to find information about your subject in Circulating, Reference and Instructional A/V sections of the library. Please remember that reference materials can be used only in the library.


Magazines & journals:

A large amount of historical information is available online from magazine and journal articles found in the library’s databases. Print magazines and journals with a historical emphasis can be found on the second floor in the “Social Sciences" section of the journals. Here is the list of the print magazines and journals in the library:

American Heritage

American Historical Review

American History

Current History

The Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Journal of the West

Magazine of History

Reviews in American History

Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Teaching History


Most historical periodicals are available via the library’s databases. Good databases to search are:

Academic Search Complete  - Provides articles, often full-text, from newspapers, magazines and academic journals.


America's Historical Newspapers - 1690-2000 
Browse hundreds of U.S. newspapers published from 1690 through 2000.


Biographies Reference Bank - Includes over 45,000 biographies for people present and past.

eBook Collection (formerly netLibrary)  - This includes about 35,000 complete electronic books which can be read on your computer.

History Study Center - Includes books, scholarly journals, maps, photos, and other materials on world and U.S. History.

JSTOR - Complete historical full text of all issues of journals in a wide range of humanities and social science fields. Articles are typically more than 5 years old.

Project MUSE 
A comprehensive selection of prestigious humanities, arts, and social sciences journals to support a core liberal arts curriculum.


Useful Websites

American Revolutionary War (1775-1783)

Liberty! The American Revolution  Background information and teaching guides from public broadcasting television

U. S. History.org  Site with multiple links and information about the Revolutionary War period

American Revolution  Includes historic facts and figures

Battles of the American Revolution  Specifics on the Revolutionary War battles


Mexican American War (1846-1848)

U.S.-Mexican War  Information from television’s Public Broadcasting System (PBS)


Descendents of Mexican War Veterans - Site with history of the war and links to online books about the war


Mexican American War  Site with brief overview of the war and a large amount of primary documents. Created by the Northern Illinois University Libraries


Mexican War  Brief overview of the war from the Handbook of Texas online


War of 1812 (1812-1815)

War of 1812 and Associated Documents   Primary source diplomatic documents between America and Britain

The War of 1812  Part of a chapter on Jeffersonian Republicanism from an online American history textbook Digital History developed in part by the University of Houston.


American Civil War (1861-1865)

The American Civil War Homepage  Site with multiple additional links to Civil War online information. Created by a history professor at the University of Tennessee


The Civil War Home Page  The Civil War Home Page is a privately managed and funded website which contains thousands of pages of Civil War material including Photos, Images, Battles, Documents, Southern Historical Papers, Maps, Official Records, Regimental Histories, Biographical Information, and more.


Abolitionism in America  Site on slavery and abolitionism hosted by the Cornell University libraries


Letters to Henry Bitner  Primary source letters written by Union soldiers about their Civil War experiences.


Selected Civil War Photographs  Library of Congress photographs of people and places involved in the Civil War.

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