Finding Texts Elsewhere

The majority of books that contain significant descriptions of historical Maryland and are available online were published between about 1820 and 1922 (after which time a majority of twentieth-century works have remained under copyright). Many are to be found in three online collections: Documenting the American South at the University of North Carolina, the Making of America collection at the University of Michigan, and the Making of America collection at Cornell.

Of particular note in the Cornell collection (and noted here rather than below because linking to them would cumbersome) are the Official Records of the Civil War: The War of the Rebellion: a Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies and Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion (listed under “MoA Multivolume Monographs” at the Cornell browse option).

Other works may be found in the University of Virginia’s Modern English Collection, in the Wright American Fiction collection at Indiana University, and by searching The On-Line Books Page at the University of Pennsylvania. Periodical literature in which Maryland figures can be found in the Making of America collections at Michigan and Cornell. References to Maryland often appear in the letters and newspapers collected at the Valley of the Shadow Civil War site, and in the pamphlets and other works in the American Memory collections of the Library of Congress.

The following list of titles is only a sample of materials currently online.


“Baltimore and Ohio Railroad” (1827)

“The Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road” (1829)

Ferry Hill Plantation Journal: January 4, 1838-January 15, 1839

American Notes for General Circulation (1842; 1874 ed.) [Charles Dickens]

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845)

Haw-Ho-Noo; or, Records of a Tourist (1850)

Notes on North America, Agricultural, Economical, and Social (1851, vol. II)

Travels in the United States, etc., During 1849 and 1850 (1851)

Atlantic and Transatlantic: Sketches Afloat and Ashore (1852)

The Homes of the New World; Impressions of America (1853, Vol. I)

The Key to Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1854) [Harriet Beecher Stowe]

Personal Memoir of Daniel Drayton, for Four Years and Four Months a Prisoner (for Charity’s Sake) in Washington Jail. Including a Narrative of the Voyage and Capture of the Schooner Pearl (1854)

Autobiography of a Fugitive Negro: His Anti-Slavery Labours in the United States, Canada, & England (1855)

Modern Agitators: or, Pen Portraits of Living American Reformers (1855)

Rambles in the Path of the Steam-Horse (1855)

The Testimony of an Escaped Novice From the Sisterhood of St. Joseph, Emmettsburg, Maryland (1855)

Adventures in the Wilds of the United States and British American Provinces (1856, vol. I)

Adventures in the Wilds of the United States and British American Provinces (1856, vol. II)

America, and American Methodism (1857)

A Journey Through Texas; or, A Saddle-Trip on the Southwestern Frontier (1857) [Frederick Law Olmsted]

Minnesota and Dacotah: in Letters Descriptive of a Tour Through the North-West, in the Autumn of 1856 (1857)

Maryland Slavery and Maryland Chivalry (1858)

Fifty Years in Chains; or, The Life of an American Slave (1859)

Incidents in the Life of a Blind Girl: Mary L. Day, a Graduate of the Maryland Institution for the Blind (1859)

Life and Liberty in America; or, Sketches of a Tour in the United States and Canada, in 1857-8 (1859)

“The Freedman’s Story” (1866)

The Educator; or, Hours With My Pupils (1876)

Memorial of the Semi-Centennial Anniversary of the American Colonization Society (1876)

Harriet: the Moses of Her People (1886)

Memoirs of Margaret Jane Blake of Baltimore, Md. (1897)

The Old Plantation; How We Lived in Great House and Cabin Before the War (1901)

Civil War

South and North; or, Impressions Received During a Trip to Cuba and the South (1860)

The Southern Spy. Letters on the Policy and Inauguration of the Lincoln War (1861)

Cause and Contrast: an Essay on the American Crisis (1862)

War: A Poem, with Copious Notes, Founded on the Revolution of 1861-62 (1862)

The Bivouac and the Battle-Field; or, Campaign Sketches in Virginia and Maryland (1863)

Leaves from the Diary of an Army Surgeon; or, Incidents of Field, Camp, and Hospital Life (1863)

My Diary North and South (1863)

My Imprisonment and the First Year of Abolition Rule at Washington (1863)

North America (1863) [Anthony Trollope]

“A Trip to Antietam” (1863)

Personal and Political Ballads (1864)

How To Get a Farm, and Where To Find One (1864)

Belle Boyd in Camp and Prison (1865)

Lights and Shadows of Army Life: or, Pen Pictures from the Battlefield, the Camp, and the Hospital (1865)

The Two Rebellions; or, Treason Unmasked (1865)

Women of the War; Their Heroism and Self-Sacrifice (1866)

The Old Capitol and Its Inmates (1867)

Woman’s Work in the Civil War: a Record of Heroism, Patriotism and Patience (1867)

The Woman in Battle: A Narrative of the Exploits, Adventures and Travels of Madame Loreta Janeta Velazquez, Otherwise Known as Lieutenant Harry T. Buford, Confederate States Army (1876)

Extracts of Letters of Major Gen’l Bryan Grimes to his Wife (1883)

A Virginia Girl in the Civil War, 1861-1865 (1903)

A Boy’s Experience in the Civil War, 1860-1865 (1904)

Maryland, My Maryland, and Other Poems (1908)

A Soldier’s Recollections (1910)

Recollections Grave and Gay (1911)

Autobiographical Sketch and Narrative of the War Between the States (1912) [Jubal Early]

Two Boys in the Civil War and After (1912)

Southern Poems (1913)

The Story of a Confederate Boy in the Civil War (1914)

Narrative of Prison Life at Baltimore and Johnson’s Island, Ohio (1917)

Experience of a Confederate Chaplain, 1861-1865 (n.d.)

Antebellum to Later Nineteenth Century

Mrs. Goodfellow’s Cookery As It Should Be. A New Manual of the Dining Room and Kitchen (1865)

The Life and Travels of John W. Bear, “The Buckeye Blacksmith” (1873)

The Monumental City, Its Past History and Present Resources (1873)

Life and Times of Frederick Douglass, Written by Himself (1881)

Memoirs of Samuel M. Janney (1881)

An Autobiography. The Story of the Lord’s Dealings with Mrs. Amanda Smith the Colored Evangelist (1893)

Later Nineteenth Century

Appletons’ Hand-Book of American Travel (1866)

The South: a Tour of Its Battle-Fields and Ruined Cities, a Journey Through the Desolated States, and Talks With the People (1866)

The Sights and Secrets of the National Capital: a Work Descriptive of Washington City in All Its Various Phases (1869)

“Down the Eastern Shore” (1871)

“The Chesapeake Peninsula” (1872)

“Baltimore: The Liverpool of America” (1875)

The Illustrated History of the Centennial Exhibition (1876)

The Voyage of the Paper Canoe (1878)

“A Peninsular Canaan” (1879)

“The New Baltimore” (1896)