British & American Religion and Politics
The Rare Book Collection houses over 20,000 seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth century English tracts, pamphlets, broadsides and ephemera. They are especially rich in works about English religious life and controversies. For example, more than 200 deal with the Popish Plot of 1678. Anonymous pamphlets on a variety of political topics now attributed to Daniel Defoe are also available. Selected pamphlets can be accessed online through the HathiTrust.
Guides to selected tracts include:
English Dissent; Catalogue to an Exhibition of Eighteenth Century Pamphlets, 18 October to 18 November 1979 by Margaret A. Howell and Charles F. Mullett.
These materials are of particular interest to scholars of religious history and press freedom.
How to Use the Collection
The collection is available to all users in the Special Collections Reading Room (room 401) during regular hours. Materials do not circulate. Rare books may be used in the Special Collections Reading Room during service hours or by appointment.
Finding Aids for British & American Religion and Politics
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Daniel Webster at the tomb of Shakspeare [sic] [graphic] : designed expressly for 'Godey' / by Schuessele.
A defence of the dissertation on the eclipse mentioned by Phlegon : wherein is further shewn that that eclipse had no relation to the darkness which happened at our Saviour's Passion and Mr. Whiston's observations are particularly considered / by Arthur Ashley Sykes.
Scotland's sin, danger, and duty : faithfully represented in a sermon preach'd at the West-Kirk, August 23d, 1696 : being a solemn fast-day upon occasion of the great dearth and famine / by Mr. David Williamson ... ; then, taken from his mouth in short-hand ; and now ... publish'd, as a word in season, by Mr. John Williamson.
44 pages ; 20 cm (4to)
Signatures: A², B-I⁴.
On texts: Proverbs XIII, 6; Joshua VII, 13; Ezekiel XXXIII, 1-6.
The second edition.
A thanksgiving sermon : preached at St. Lucia, the Sunday after the hurricane in October, 1780, on board His Majesty's Ship Vengeance, Capt. Holloway, and before Commodore Hotham / by the Rev. P. Touch.
vii, 1 unnumbered page, 35 pages, 1 unnumbered page ; 21 cm (8vo)
Signatures: [A]-E⁴ F².
1776-1876, July 4th, City of New Haven, Centennial Celebration under direction of the Joint Special Committee of the City Council : for the celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of American independence : programme.
Contents: Fourth of July parade. General order of the Chief Marshal ; Order of procession ; Programme of fireworks -- Grand centennial concert :…