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Bernard Bailyn, Director




The links below are all part of the collections at the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Archive of Early American Images:

The Archive of Early American Images is the JCB Library's flagship online image database. It contains over seven thousand five hundred North and South American images (from Hudson Bay to Tierra del Fuego), scanned from JCBL primary sources created between 1492 and ca. 1825. They are extensively described and fully searchable. 




Atlantic Materia Medica

An exhibition on the influence of the New World on Western medicine.


Champlain's America: New France and New England

Marks the four hundred years since the founding of Quebec by Samuel de Champlain. 


Islamic Encounters 

Highlights the early contact between the West and Islamic lands and peoples, from North Africa and Ottoman Turkey to South Asia.


Jamestown Matters

Commemorates the 400th anniversary of the English settlement at Jamestown and showcases an extraordinary gathering of "foundation" books in the Library's collection.  


Portugal and Renaissance Europe

A tribute to Portuguese intellectual interactions in early modern Europe.


Slavery & Justice

Presents images of selected original documents relating to slavery and the slave trade, focusing particularly on the legacies of slavery in Rhode Island.  




Indigenous Languages of the Americas

A searchable bibliography listing books and manuscripts in the library on native American languages.


Codigo Brasiliense (English & Portuguese)

A collection of laws and other official documents of Brazil from 1811 to ca. 1822. Includes the scanned pages of the laws.


Checklist of JCB Holdings Relating to Saint-Dominigue and the Haitian Revolution




I Found It at the JCB  

Researchers and Fellows write on particularly interesting items they have discovered at the JCB. Updated monthly.


Publications by JCB Research Fellows

A list of publications by Fellows who have used materials from the JCB in their books or articles.



  © 2009 by The President and Fellows of Harvard College. Created January 16, 1998; last revised February 24, 2011.