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Publication of renowned American History archive completed

June 11, 2015

Sixty thousand primary source documents now available online from Adam Matthew Digital

Marlborough, UK, American History, 1493-1945 is now complete - providing teachers and researchers with access to thousands of exceptionally high-quality digital primary source documents from the renowned Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, New York - one of the most important archives on American history in existence.

Spanning over four hundred years, and particularly strong on the Revolutionary and Civil War periods, American History includes c.60,000 letters, diaries, maps, pamphlets, printed books, newspapers, photographs and ephemera.

The publication today of Module II: Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era, spanning the years 1860-1945, completes this essential digital resource for academic teaching and research.

From the election of Abraham Lincoln to the end of the Second World War, example items from Module II include:

  • The Emancipation Proclamation
  • Lee’s address to the army after the Confederate surrender
  • Thousands of personal narratives of the Civil War
  • Custer’s ‘My Life on the Plains’
  • Threats from the Ku Klux Klan
  • Accounts of the Alaskan gold rush
  • Hoover’s opinion of the New Deal
  • Correspondence of Susan B. Anthony regarding women’s suffrage

Primary source documents are supplemented with:

  • Video lectures by leading writers and historians
  • ‘A History of America in 100 Documents’
  • Detailed chronology
  • Photographic exhibit of Mount Vernon
  • Thematic guides and academic essays

Martin Drewe, Senior Publisher at Adam Matthew, said:

“We’re delighted to be releasing the second and final module of our American History resource, produced in collaboration with the prestigious Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. This now complete collection is invaluable for teaching AP U.S. History and survey courses and will prove essential to undergraduate and postgraduate research.”

American History, 1493-1945 joins a suite of more than 60 primary source digital products published by Adam Matthew.

Adam Matthew will host a free 30 minute webinar exploring the collection on Wednesday 1st July. Registration available at

For further collection details see:


Adam Matthew, an imprint of SAGE, is an award winning publisher of digital primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences. Sourced from leading libraries and archives around the world, their unique research and teaching collections cover a wide range of subject areas from medieval family life to 20th century history, literature and culture.


About The Gilder Lehrman Institute:

Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states, including a website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.

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