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  • Adams, John
    • Deeds and other Documents Relating to the Several Pieces of Land, and to the Library Presented to the Town of Quincy by President Adams, together with a Catalogue of the Books. Cambridge, MA: Printed by Hilliard and Metcalf, 1825.
    • Catalogue of the John Adams Library in the Public Library of the City of Boston. Boston: Published by the Trustees [BPL], 1917.
    • Extant copies in the Boston Public Library and other institutions.
  • Askin, John
    • Widder, Agnes Haigh. "The John Askin family library: a fur-trading family's books." Michigan Historical Review 33:1 (Spring 2007), pp. 27-57.
  • Baylor, John, III
    • Katheder, Thomas. The Baylors of Newmarket. iUniverse, 2009. Library data drawn from inventory and letterbooks of Col. John Baylor III, plus Virginia Gazette Daybooks.
  • Blomfield, Thomas
    • Probate inventory, c. 1639, in Suffolk County Probate Records, II:11.
  • Buckminster, Joseph Stevens
    • Catalogue of the library of the late Rev. J. S. Buckminster. Boston: Printed by John Eliot, Jun. 1812. Shaw-Shoemaker 24979. Digital version here.
  • Bulkeley, Edward
    • A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Vol. III, pp. 512-514.
  • Bulkeley, Gershom
    • A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Vol. II, pp. 165-167.
    • Extant copies in various institutions.
  • Carr, Dabney
    • W.G. Stanard, "Library of Dabney Carr, with a Notice of the Carr Family." The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 2:2 (October 1894), 221-228.
  • Carter, Landon
    • Extant copies at Sabine Hall (title pages photocopied by Colonial Williamsburg)
    • Carol Edith Curtis, "The Library of Landon Carter of Sabine Hall, 1710-1788." Master's Thesis, College of William and Mary, 1981.
  • Clymer, George
    • Probate inventory (Philadelphia County Probate Records).
    • Extant copies at American Philosophical Society.
  • Corbin, Hannah Lee
    • Invoices and estate inventories from the collections of the Virginia Historical Society.
    • Paul C. Nagel, The Lees of Virginia: seven generations of an American family. NY: Oxford University Press, 1990, 54-64.
  • Cranch, Richard
    • Correspondence and other documents in various manuscript collections.
    • Extant copies at Harvard, MHS, &c.
  • Easton, Joseph
    • A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Vol. I, p. 442.
  • Edwards, Jonathan
    • Thuesen, Peter J., ed. The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Volume 26: Catalogues of Books. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.
    • Extant copies at Princeton University added.
    • Extant copies at other institutions sought.
    • Library in progress.
  • Edwards Family (descendants of JEI)
    • Extant copies at Princeton University added.
    • Extant copies at other institutions sought.
  • Fitzpatrick, John
    • Estate inventory, published in Margaret Fisher Dalrymple, ed. The Merchant of Manchac: The Letterbooks of John Fitzpatrick, 1768-1790. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1978.
  • Franklin, Benjamin
    • Edwin Wolf 2nd and Kevin J. Hayes, The Library of Benjamin Franklin. Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 2006. Digital version here.
  • Gerry, Elbridge
    • Catalogue of a Collection of valuable and scarce Books, Being part of the Library of the late Elbridge Gerry, esq. To be sold for the benefit of the Widow and Minor Children of the deceased, at the store of Francis Amory, No. 41, Marlborough-Street, On Tuesday morning, 18th April [1815], Commencing at Nine o'clock. [Boston : s.n., 1815?].
  • Gwinnett, Button
    • Estate inventory listed in Charles Francis Jenkins, Button Gwinnett: Signer of the Declaration of Independence (Doubleday, Page & Co., 1926), p. 174.
  • Hall, Samuel
    • A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Vol. III, pp. 278-279.
  • Hamilton, Alexander
    • Extant copies at Columbia University, Library of Congress.
    • Information drawn from The Papers of Alexander Hamilton.
  • Hancock, John
    • Probate inventory as given here, taken 28 January 1794.
    • Extant copies at various institutions.
  • Hartford, Mary
    • "Books belonging to Mary Hartford," in Mary Hartford papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • Hopkins, Stephen
    • Probate inventory, taken 13 August 1785 (Providence City Archives).
  • Jefferson, Thomas
    • Major collection (Sowerby) added; other collections (Poplar Forest, Retirement Library, &c.) to be added in the coming months with the cooperation of Monticello, The Home of Thomas Jefferson.
  • Jeffries, John
    • Manuscript catalog at Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library.
    • Extant copies at several institutions.
  • Kilbourn, John (I-II)
    • A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Vol. II, p. 88.
    • A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Vol. II, pp. 247-248.
  • Kingsbury, John
    • Will (2 December 1659) in Suffolk County Probate Records, I:379-380.
  • Lee, Henry
    • Inventory of Capt. Henry Lee (brother of Thomas Lee of Stratford) estate at Lee Hall, Westmoreland County, VA. Recorded 6 June 1748. Transcribed from an early typescript.
  • Madison, James
    • Microsoft Access database compilation from collections at the Library of Congress, the University of Virginia, a number of auction catalogues of major sales of Madison’s library, and from the published volumes of the Papers of James Madison.
    • Library in progress.
  • Mather Family
    • Extant copies at various institutions.
    • Tuttle, Julius Herbert. The Libraries of the Mathers (1910).
    • List of books purchased from Harvard by Cotton Mather, 1682.
    • Various other sources.
  • McKean, Thomas
    • Will (dated 13 August 1814) and probate inventory (taken July 1817). Philadelphia Probate Records.
  • Morrice, Robert
    • A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Vol. I, p. 337.
  • Murray, James and Mary
    • "Catalogue of Books JM & MM Jan. 25, 1766." James Murray Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • Ogle, Cuthbert
    • Inventory in Tyler, Lyon G. "Libraries in Colonial Virginia." William and Mary Quarterly 3:4 (April, 1895), pp. 251-253.
    • Maurer, Maurer. "The Library of a Colonial Musician, 1755." William and Mary Quarterly 3d Series 7:1 (January, 1950), pp. 39-52.
    • Molnar, John W. "A Collection of Music in Colonial Virginia." The Musical Quarterly 49:2 (April, 1963), pp. 150-162.
  • Oxenbridge, John
    • Will, printed in William Durrant Cooper, "The Oxenbridges of Brede Place, Sussex, and Boston, Massachusetts." (London: John Russell Smith, 1860), pp. 15-19. A better transcription is in Henry F. Waters, Genealogical Gleanings from England, Vol. I (Boston: NEHGS, 1901), pp. 420-422.
  • Oxenbridge, Susanna
    • Will printed in Henry F. Waters, Genealogical Gleanings from England, Vol. I (Boston: NEHGS, 1901), pp. 422-423.
  • Paine, Robert Treat
    • "Catalogue of Books beloging to Robt. Treat Paine." Robert Treat Paine papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
  • Prentis Family
    • Various sources, compiled by Colonial Williamsburg.
    • Documented in Caroline Julia Richter, "The Prentis Family and Their Library" (Master's Thesis, 1985).
  • Priestley, Joseph
    • Catalogue of the Library of the late Dr. Joseph Priestley, containing Many scarce and valuable Books. Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson, 1816.
    • Extant copies at Harvard University and other institutions.
  • Read, George
    • Multiple titles from Read's library listed in Catalogue of the Choice and Extensive Law and Miscellaneous Library of the late Hon. William Green, LL.D., ... to be sold by Auction, January 18th, 1881, at Richmond, VA. (Richmond: John E. Laughton, Jr., 1881).
  • Rodney, Caesar
    • Probate inventory, transcribed in Jane Harrington Scott, A Gentleman as Well as a Whig: Caesar Rodney and the American Revolution (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2000), p. 219.
  • Shaw, Abraham
    • Inventory (taken 1638) in Suffolk County Probate Records, II:8-10.
  • Sherman, Roger
    • Probate inventory (taken 16 September 1793). (New Haven District, CT).
  • Skipwith, Lady Jean Miller
    • Abraham, Mildred K. "The Library of Lady Jean Skipwith: A Book Collection from the Age of Jefferson." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 91:3 (July 1983), pp. 296-347.
  • Taylor, George
    • Books/library not mentioned in will (dated 6 January 1781). Original will stolen from Northampton County Courthouse; now at New York Public Library. Transcription in James B. Laux, "The Lost Will of George Taylor, the Signer." Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 44:1 (January 1920), pp. 82-87.
    • Estate inventory (taken 24 February 1781). (Probate file, Northampton County, PA Probate Records).
  • Washington, George
    • Cushing, Stanley Ellis. The George Washington Library Collection. Boston: Boston Athenæum, 1997.
    • Carroll, Frances Laverne, and Mary Meacham. The Library at Mount Vernon. Pittsburgh: Beta Phi Mu, 1977.
    • Ford, Worthington Chauncey. Inventory of the contents of Mount Vernon, 1810, with a prefatory note by Worthington Chauncey Ford. Portland, Ore.: Printed by Kilham Stationary & Printing Co., 1909.
    • Griffin, Appleton P.C., William Coolidge Lane, and Franklin Osborne Poole. A catalogue of the Washington collection in the Boston Athenæum. Boston: Boston Athenæum, 1897. Digital version here. Index, published 1900. Digital version here.
    • Henkels, Stan V. The final sale of the relics of General Washington owned by Lawrence Washington, esq., Bushrod C. Washington, esq., Thos. B. Washington, esq., and J.R.C. Lewis, esq., embracing the most important collection ever brought together, of letters, deeds, leases, legal documents, receipts, bills, account books, and memoranda, belonging to and written by General Washington … to be sold in our book salesroom … April 21st, 22d, 23d, 1891. Philadelphia: Thos. Birch’s Sons, 1891.
    • Baker, John Remigius, and Stan. V. Henkels. The valuable and extraordinary collection of books from the library of Genl. Geo. Washington and other historical and literary rarities, collected by John R. Baker, Sr., of Phila. ... to be sold ... Feb. 11 & 12, '91. Philadelphia: Bicking Press, 1891.
    • Jackson, Donald, et al., eds. The Papers of George Washington. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1976-.
    • Wagner, Paul R. "Books from the Library of George Washington now in the Princeton University Library." Princeton University Library Chronicle XXXII:2 (Winter, 1971), pp. 111-115.
    • Extant copies at the Boston Athenæum and Mount Vernon.
    • Auction sales: Sotheby's
  • Wigglesworth, Michael
    • Catalogue, published in John Ward Dean, Memoir of Rev. Michael Wigglesworth (Second Edition, 1871), pp. 151-152. Scan.
  • Willoughby, Sarah
    • Inventory in Tyler, Lyon G. "Libraries in Colonial Virginia." William and Mary Quarterly 3 (1894-95), pp. 44-45.
  • Wolcott, Benjamin
    • Addendum to estate inventory in A Digest of the Early Connecticut Probate Records, Vol. II, p. 626.
  • Wythe, George
    • Partial reconstruction by Barbara C. Dean, 1975.
    • Wythe List, Coolidge Collection of Thomas Jefferson manuscripts, Massachusetts Historical Society.

Institutional Libraries

  • Massachusetts Bay Colony
    • List given in Records of the Governor and Company of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, ed. Nathaniel Shurtleff, Vol. I (Boston: William White, 1853), pp. 37f-37h.
  • Providence Library Company/Athenaeum
    • Extant copies at Providence Athenaeum.
    • Catalogue of all the books, belonging to the Providence Library. Providence, N.E. Printed and sold by Waterman and Russell, at the New Printing-Office, at the Paper-Mill, 1768. Evans 11051.

Unitemized Libraries

  • These are libraries in which the presence of books is documented, but not their specific titles.
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