Living History Resources

Resources for the 18th Century Reenactor

A resource of Internet information for Living History                               of 18th Century America

This is a collection of websites that will assist the 18th Century Reenactor research this period in history and assist in creating a living history persona. Information will assist both the military and civilian reenactor.

DOCUMENTS

18th Century Authors
Biographies and works of British Authors

http://www.geocities.com/sschaeff/

 American Journeys
Eyewitness accounts of early American exploration
http://www.americanjourneys.org/index.asp

 American Memory
Extensive resources of historical documents - search the collections
http://memory.loc.gov/

Avalon Project
Massive resource of documents

http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp

Camps and Firesides of the American Revolution
E-text Book reprint - Eyewitness accounts
http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/HarCamp.html

George Washington Papers
Complete original papers of George Washington (actual images)
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/gwhtml/gwhome.html

Journal of an Officer in the 3rd NY Continental Line
http://www.iment.com/maida/familytree/henry/writing/prose/revdiary.htm

Martha Ballard's Diary
Diary starting in 1785

http://dohistory.org/diary/index.html

Papers of John Adams
Diary, Autobiography and more

http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/aea/

Proceedings of the Old Bailey - London
Criminal Court Proceedings in London 1674-1834

http://www.oldbaileyonline.org/

Project Gutenberg
Source Page for Etexts of many books

http://promo.net/pg/

Rev War 1775
Articles & First Person Accounts, plus indexed listings of Orderly Books

http://revwar75.com/

Simcoe's Journal
Journal of a British Ranger 1777

http://home.golden.net/~marg/bansite/src/simcoesjournal1.html

Virginia Runaways

Accounts of slave runaways - good source of descriptions of clothing, etc.
http://people.uvawise.edu/runaways/

Walpole Library
Collection of digitized prints

http://lwlimages.library.yale.edu/walpoleweb/

Writings of George Washington

http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/washington/fitzpatrick/index.html

Writings of Mercy Otis Warren
3 Vols. on the American Revolution plus Plays, etc.

http://www.samizdat.com/warren/

More Writings of George Washington
Collection of letters, etc.

http://www.pbs.org/georgewashington/collection/index.html

D. Petre Medicinals
Medicinal recipes for healing

http://oldsite.library.upenn.edu/etext/diaries/doro/medicine/055.html

Library of Southern Campaign of the Rev War
Extensive library of documents, books, and diaries and texts - this site has valuable resources for all aspects of the Rev War

http://lib.jrshelby.com/

The English Duty...
English Arm Military Drum Calls

http://brtdesignportfolio.com/88th/website/English%20Duty.pdf

Diary of a 12 year old girl
1771-1773 Daily routines and life

http://b-womeninamericanhistory18.blogspot.com/2010/01/diary-of-anna-green-winslow-1759-79-age.html

 


NEWSPAPERS

 

Maryland Gazette
18th century newspaper - pdf scans of the original issues

http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/stagser/s1259/121/5912/html/0000.html

Past Portals
Archive of the Virginia Gazette - 18th Century Newspaper

http://www.pastportal.com/browse/vg/

Rivington Gazetteer
18th Century newspaper from NY (Excellent for reproduction)

http://www.pulaskilegion.org/scottpapers.htm

 

 

 TEXTS

 

E-books on the American Revolution
Texts and contemporary writings

http://www.digitalbookindex.com/_search/search010hstusrevolutionayperioda.asp

18th Century Texts
Scanned texts - from 15th century and on

http://dewey.library.upenn.edu/sceti/flash.cfm?CFID=488808&CFTOKEN=88326045

Colonial Classics
Essays and Articles about Colonial Life

http://www.dinsdoc.com/colonial-1.htm

Women of the Revolution
Texts and Anecdotal Reports on women
http://www.americanrevolution.org/women.html

Lossing's Pictorial Field Book of the American Revolution
1850 authorative text on the American Revolution in Two Volumes.
http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~wcarr1/Lossing1/Contents.html

 

 

CLOTHING

 

Making Women's Clothing
Articles and patterns on making women's 18th Century clothing
http://www.marariley.net/index.htm

Dressing the 18th Century Lady
What a woman wears.
http://www.geocities.com/staymaker/dressing

Making a Lady's Shift
Instructions and Pattern
http://www.marariley.net/shift/shift.htm

Making Covered Buttons
Instructions and Illustrations
http://www.renaissancetailor.com/demos_buttons.htm


Hand-sewn Eyelets
Instructions
http://www.renaissancetailor.com/demos_eyeletholes.htm

Connecticut Historical Society Costume and Textile Collection
Photos and descriptions of men's and women's clothing
http://www.chs.org/textiles/default.htm

Half Gaiters
Pattern and Instructions
halfgaiters.pdf

Men's Civilian Clothes

Description
menscivclothes.pdf

Spatterdashers
Pattern and Instructions
spatterdashers.pdf

 

 

PERSONA

 

Developing a Persona and other good stuff
http://www.users.voicenet.com/~frstprsn/index.htm

Beginning Living History
A lot of good information for getting started
http://blh.homestead.com/home.html

Trekking
Many resources may be found on the various pages
http://oldetoolshop.com/trekking/learning.html

Ned Hector - Portrayal of a Free Black Artillaryman
A reenactor's portrayal - good information on how it is done
http://www.nedhector.com/

 

 

 PASTIMES

  

Dancing
Resource on 18th C. dance
http://www.earthlydelights.com.au/english.htm

Dance Manuals including 18th Century
http://rs6.loc.gov/ammem/dihtml/dihome.html

18th Century Games
Games for the Rev War Reenactor
http://www.revwargames.webs.com

Broadside Ballads at the Bodelien Library
18th Century culture through Broadside ballads
http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/ballads/ballads.htm

18th Century Gentlemen
A collection for the gentry
http://www.triafata.org/18c_gentleman/welcome.html

I8th Century Prints
A collection of prints - view social situations and manner of clothing
http://www.lclark.edu/~jhart/home.html#home

 

 

MONEY

 

How much was that Worth?
Money converter for 18th Century British Currency to modern
http://www.eh.net/ehresources/howmuch/poundq.php

Colonial Currency
Images of colonial currency
http://www.nd.edu/~rarebook/coins/ColCurrency/index.html

 

 

WRITING

 

Fonts
Print with your computer in 18th Century typeface with long s and ligatures
http://www.shipbrook.com/jeff/typograf.html

 

 

COOKING

 

Cookbook
http://oldsite.library.upenn.edu/etext/collections/diaries/kidder/

Cookbook 1705
http://oldsite.library.upenn.edu/etext/collections/diaries/doro/recipes/

 

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Colonial Reenactor
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