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HIS 201: American History to 1877: Books

Quick Tips

Use the books listed on this page to help locate diaries, collections of letters and personal memoirs/autobiographies written by "Americans" who wrote about or participated in the nineteenth-century westward migration or the American Civil War.

Select Library of Congress Subject Headings

African Americans--Biography.

Great Lakes Region--Description and travel.

Great Plains--Description and travel.

Indians of North America--West (U.S.)--History--19th century.

Mexican War, 1846-1848--Personal narratives.

Mississippi River--Description and travel.

New Mexico--Description and travel.

Northwest, Old -- Description and travel.

Ohio River Valley--Description and travel.

Oregon--Description and travel.

Overland journeys to the Pacific.

Rocky Mountains.

Slavery--United States--Personal narratives.

Slaves' writings, American.

Slaves--United States--Biography.

Southwest, New--Description and travel

United States -- Description and travel -- 1783-1848.

United States--Exploring expeditions.

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Personal narratives.

United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Personal narratives.

West (U.S.)--Description and travel.

Wilderness areas--West (U.S.)--History--19th century.

Library Catalog -- Searching for a Particular Title/Author

Books Library Catalog Search   
  • The Library Catalog is best used when searching for a specific title or author. 
  • You can search across additional fields such as ISBN or Call Number etc.
  • You can also search for specific "subjects" as defined by the Library of Congress
  • You can restrict your search to a particular collection e.g. Campbell or Drexel Popular Reading.
Use this catalog if you need to capture a permanent link to the record for a resource.



WorldCat is an online catalog of the collections of 71,000 libraries in 112 countries. The catalog is useful for finding the all literature on a given topic. WorldCat also identifies which libraries hold the item. To view that list, click on the Libraries Worldwide link.

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Daniel Holden
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Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library
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Saint Joseph's University