Part of the collection referring to the War of 1812...

[Our collections are of a nautical, maritime or naval nature. There are many other books and documents that are less "marine" in nature. Our choices do not suggest at all that unmentioned titles are not of interest to the historian. Our holdings may also include biographies and other works on ship design, naval matters, etc that are relevant to the War of 1812 without that being their primary focus.]

List last updated: Jan 2007.

Entries arranged alphabetically by Author's last name

Title Author Publisher ISBN First_P
Collections of the Nova Scotia Historical Society, Volume X VIII(ed)NS Historical Society 1914
Naval History of the United States Volume 1Abbot, Willis JPeter Fenelon Collier 1886
History of the War between GB and the USAAuchinleck, GilbertArms and Armour0-85368-088-41855
New Interpretations in Naval History - Selected Papers from the 14th Naval History SymposiumBalano, Randy Carol and Symonds, Craig L (ed)Naval Institute Press1-55750-498-92001
Naval Actions of the war of 1812Barnes, James Harper and Brothers, NY 1896
Naval Actions of the war of 1812Barnes, James Cornmaket Press7191-2019-51896
Lore and Legends of Long PointBarrett, Harry BBurns and MacEachern0-887168-075-51977
Freighters of Fortune - The story of the Great LakesBeasley, NormanHarper and Brothers, NY 1930
Sails and Steam in the mountainsBellico, Russel PPurple Mountain Press0-935796-32-01992
Iroquois in the War of 1812, TheBenn, CarlUniversity of Toronto Press0-8020-8145-21998
Les Américains attaquentBerton, PierreEditions de l'homme2-7619-0202-51980
Invasion of Canada, TheBerton, PierreMcClelland and Stewart0-7710-1235-71980
Flames across the borderBerton, PierreMcClelland and Stewart0-7710-1244-61981
Death of Tecumseh, TheBerton, PierreMcClelland and Stewart0-7710-1423-61994
Death of Isaac Brock, TheBerton, PierreMcClelland and Stewart0-7710-1426-01991
Capture of Detroit, TheBerton, PierreMcClelland and Stewart0-7710-1425-21991
A l'assaut du QuébecBerton, PierreEditions de l'homme2-7619-0204-11981
A call to the SeaBerube, Claude and Rodgaard, JohnPotomac Books1-57488-518-92005
Navies in the MountainsBird, HarrisonOxford Universit Press, NY62-98221962
Atlantic AnthologyBird, Will RMcClelland and Stewart 1959
Stephen DecaturBrady, Cyrus TownsendSmall, Maynard, and Co, Boston 1900
Ghost Ships, TheCain, EmilyMusson Book Co Ltd0-7737-0070-61983
Early American BoatsCarse, RobertWorld Publishing Company 1968
Blaze of Glory - the fight for New Orleans 1814-1815Carter, Samuel IIIMacMillan 0-333-1382871971
Richardson's War of 1812Casselman, Alexander ClarkHistorical Publishing Co. 1902
Search for speed under sailChapelle, Howard IW.W. Norton0-393-03127-61967
Baltimore Clipper, TheChapelle, Howard ITradition Books 1930
Baltimore Clipper, TheChapelle, Howard IBonanza Books76-271481930
Short history of the United States NavyClark, George RJ.B. Lippincoyy Co 1910
Catalogue of the library, manuscripts, autograph letters, maps and prints forming the collection of Gerald E. HartClibbie, C.F.Charles F. Libbie and Co, Auctioneers, Boston 1890
Royal Navy, The - Volume 6Clowes, William LairdChatham Publishing1-86176-015-91901
New Interpretations in Naval History - Selected Papers from the 8th Naval History SymposiumCogar, William B. (ed)Naval Institute Press0-87021-495-01989
We stand on GuardColombo, John Robert and Richardson, MichaelDoubleday0-385-25002-91985
Naval History of the United States, Volume 2Cooper, James FenimoreLea and Blanchard, Philadelphia 1839
Upper Canada The Formative Years 1784-1841Craig, Gerald M.McClelland and Stewart Limited 1963
Other War of 1812, TheCusick, James G.University of Florida Press0-8130-2648-22003
Battle of Stonington, Torpedoes, submarines and rockets in the War of 1812De Kay, james TertiusNaval Institute Press0-87021-279-61990
Gunfire on the LakesDouglas, W.A.B.National Museum of Man, National Museums of Canada 1977
Naval War of 1812, The, Vol 2, 1813Dudley, William S.Naval Historical Center, USN0-945274-06-81985
Naval War of 1812, The, Vol 1, 1812Dudley, William S.Naval Historical Center, USN85-6005651985
Naval War of 1812, The, Vol 3, 1814-15Dudley, William S. and Crawford, Michael J. (ed)Naval Historical Center, USN0-945274-47-52002
Coastal Maine, a maritime historyDuncan, Roger FCountryman Press0-88150-555-21992
An Able Seaman of 1812Durand, JamesNew Haven 1926
The Fatal Cruise of the Argus : Two Captains in the War of 1812Dye, IraNaval Institute Press1-55750-175-01994
Ten Years of Upper Canada in Peace and War 1805-1815Edgar, MatildaWilliam Briggs, Toronto 1890
Perry's Victory Centenary, TheEmerson (ed), George D.J.B. Lyon Company 1916
American Maritime HeritageEngle and Lott, Eloise and Arnold SNaval Institute Press0-87021-507-81975
Town of York 1815 - 1834, The Firth, Edith GUniversity of Toronto Press 1966
Town of York 1793 - 1815, The Firth, Edith GUniversity of Toronto Press 1962
Veteran of 1812, A, the life of James FitzgibbonFitzgibbon, Mary AgnesColes 1894
Veteran of 1812, AFitzGibbon, Mary AgnesProspero Books1-55267-137-22000
Age of Fighting Sail, TheForester, C.S.Dodd, Mead and Co.56-77411956
Jack Tars and Comodores: the American Navy 1783-1815Fowler, William M JrHoughton Mifflin Company, Boston0-395-35314-91984
Harpers atlas of american historyFox, Dixon RyanHarper and Publishers 1920
Quebec 'twixt old and newGale, GeorgeTelegraph Printing Co 1915
Naval War of 1812, TheGardiner, Robert (ed), Malcomson, Robert, Lambert, David and Morriss, RogerCaxton Editions, Chatham Publishing1-84067-36051998
Republic's Private Navy, The: The American Privateering Business As Practiced by Baltimore During the War of 1812Garitee, Jerome R.Wesleyan University Press0-8195-5004-31977
Danger at NiagaraGoff Clark, MargaretFunk and Wagnalls68-279951968
Fighting Sail on Lake Huron and Georgian BayGough, BarryVanwell Publishing1-55068-114-12002
Empire of the North AtlanticGraham, Gerald SUniversity of Toronto Press 1950
Captain of old IronsidesGrant, BrucePellegrini and Cudahy 1947
History of Canada - Ontario High SchoolGrant, W.L.T. Eaton and Co 1914
Where right and glory leadGraves, Donald ERobin Brass1-896941-03-61993
Field of GloryGraves, Donald E. Robin Brass 1-896941-10-91999
Merry Hearts make light daysGraves, Donald E. (ed)Carleton University Press0-88629-225-51994
Our Naval HeritageGreen, FitzhughCentury 1925
Annals of the War, TheHarper, J.M. Musson Book Co Ltd nd
Long ships passing, TheHavighurst, WalterMacmillan 1942
Encyclopedia of the War of 1812Heidler, David S. and Jeanne T. (ed)ABC-CLIO0-87436-968-11997
War of 1812, The , A Forgotten ConflictHickey, Donald R.University of Illinois Press0-252-01613-01989
Incredible War of 1812, TheHitsman, J. MackayUniversity of Toronto Press0-8020-6058-71965
War of 1812, TheHorsman, ReginaldAlfred A Knopf68-239411969
Causes of the War of 1812Horsman, ReginaldA.S. Barnes and Co61-152011962
Tragic Commodore, The, Story of Oliver Hazard PerryHoyt, Edwin PAbelard Schuman66-107751966
Struggle for the BorderHutchison, BruceLongmans, Green and Co 1955
War of 1812, A compact historyJacobs and Tucker, J.R. and GennHawthorn Books 1969
Naval History of Great Britain, Volume 6, 1811-1827James, William M.Conway Maritime Press0-85177-910-72002
Every man will do his dutyKing, DeanHenry Holt and Company0-8050-4806-91997
Journal of Major John NortonKlinck, Carl F. and Talman, James J (eds)Champlain Society 1970
America and the Sea: A Maritime HistoryLabaree, Benjamin W., Fowler, William M. Jr., Sloan, Edward W., Hattendorf, John B. , Safford, Jeffrey J. and German, Andrew W.Mystic Seaport0-913372-81-11998
War of 1812 Lawson, DonAbelard Schuman66-118931966
War of 1812, America's second War for IndependenceLawson, DonAbelard Schuman66-118931966
Canada, The foundations of its futureLeacock, Stephen House of Seagram 1941
Voice from the Main Deck, ALeech, SamuelChatham Pub1 86176 113 91999
Seaway , TheLegget, RobertClarke, Irwin and Co0-7720-1270-91979
War of 1812, TheLossing, Benson J.New Hampshire Publishing0-912274-31-x1868
Great battles of the British NavyLow, Lt Charles R.George Routledge and Sons 1872
Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and the war on the LakesLyman, Olin L.New Amsterdam Book Co 1905
Atlantic Provinces, The: the emergence of Colonial Society 1712-1857MacNutt, W.S.McC;lelland and Stewart 1965
Message from the president of the United StatesMadison, JamesRoger C. Weightman 1813
Sea Power in Its Relations to the War of 1812 Volume 2Mahan, Captain Alfred ThayerLittle, Brown and Co, Boston 1905
Sea Power in Its Relations to the War of 1812 Volume 1Mahan, Captain Alfred ThayerLittle, Brown and Co, Boston 1905
From Sail to SteamMahan, Captain Alfred ThayerHarper and Brothers 1907
War of 1812, TheMahon, John J.University of Florida Press0-8130-0318-01972
Warships of the Great LakesMalcomson, RobertChatham Publishing1-55750-910-72001
Very Brilliant Afair, AMalcomson, RobertRobin Brass Studio, Toronto1-896941-33-82003
Sailors of 1812Malcomson, RobertOld Fort Niagara Assn0-941967-19-01997
Lords of the LakeMalcomson, RobertNaval Institute Press1-55750-532-21998
War of 1812May, George SUS Dept of Natural Resources 1962
Transactions of the Canadian Military Institute, Vol 1, 1890-1893Mayne, Major, C.B.Canadian Military Institute 1893
Municipality of Toronto, Canada - A history, Vol 1Middleton, Jesse Edgar et alDominion Publishing Co, Toronto 1923
Our inland seas - their shipping and their commerce for three centuriesMills, James CA.C. McClurg and Co 1910
Commodore Isaac Hull, USNMolloy, Leo THull Book Fund 1964
Oxford History of the American People, TheMorison, Samuel EliotOxford University Press, NY65-124681965
Old Bruin, Commodore Matthew Calbraith PerryMorison, Samuel EliotLittle, Brown and Co 1967
History of the County of York, Ontario Vol 1Mulvany, C.P., Adam G.M. et alC. Blackett Robinson, Toronto 1885
Commodore's Boys, TheOrlob, HelenWestminster Press67-105591967
Man who burned the White House, ThePack, JamesNaval Institute Press0-87021-420-91983
Broke and the ShannonPadfield, PeterHodder & Staughton340-02511-51968
Log of the Grand Turks, ThePeabody, Robert EHoughton Mifflin Company 1926
Military Heroes of the War of 1812Peterson, Charles J.Jas. B. Smith and Co 1858
United States and World Sea PowerPotter, Cmdr E.B. (ed)Prentice-Hall inc55-93231955
Preble's Boys: commodore Preble and the birth of American sea powerPratt, FletcherWilliam Sloane Associates 1950
Navy, The - A HistoryPratt, FletcherGarden City Publishing Co, NY 1938
Kingston before the War of 1812Preston, Richard AChamplain Society 1959
Eyes of the FleetPrice, AnthonyW.W.Norton0-393-03846-71990
Shannon and the Chesapeake, ThePullen, Radm Hugh FMcClelland and Stewart 1970
Tecumseh, chronicle of the last great leader of his peopleRaymond, Ethel TUniversity of Toronto Press 1964
Naval War of 1812, The, Part IIRoosevelt, TheodoreG.P. Putnam's Sons 1882
Naval War of 1812, The, Part IRoosevelt, TheodoreG.P. Putnam's Sons 1882
Building of Perry's Fleet on Lake Erie 1812-1813Rosenberg, MaxPennsylvania Hostorical and Museum Commission0-911124-54-31987
Maritime History of Maine: Three Centuries of Shipbuilding and Seafaring, TheRowe, William HutchinsonW.W. Norton and Co 1948
Buffalo Historical Society, Vol VISeverance, Frank H (ed)Buffalo HS 1903
Bound for battleShepard, BettyHarcourt, Brace and world67-188911967
Signal Victory, ASkaggs & Altoff, David & GerardNaval Institute Press1-55750-030-41997
Oswego, New York and the War of 1812Slosek, Anthony MHeritage Foundation of Oswego89-198381989
Story of Nancy and other Eighteen-Twelvers, TheSnider, C.H.J.McClelland and Stewart 1926
Under the Red JackSnider, C.H.J.Musson Book Co Ltd 1928
Leaves From the War Log of the Nancy: 1813Snider, C.H.J.Rous and Mann Ltd. 1936
In the wake of the eighteen twelversSnider, C.H.J.Bell and Cockburn 1913
Glorious Shannon's old Blue Duster, TheSnider, C.H.J.McClelland and Stewart 1923
Romance of Boston Bay, TheSnow, Edward RoweYankee Publishing Co 1944
Age of Sails, The, Book 2, Southworth, John Van DuynTwayne Pyblishers, NY 1968
Storm CanvasSperry, ArmstrongHolt, Finehart and Winston44-52701944
War of 1812 in connection with the Army Bill ActStevenson, JamesW. Foster Brown and Co Montreal 1892
Rowboat War, TheSwayze, FredMacMillan Company 1965
History of the war of the United States with Great Britain in 1812 and of the War with MexicoThomson, John LewisJ.B. Lippincott 1887
HMS St. LawrenceTownsend, Robert B.Odyssey Publishing0-9683798-2-61998
British generals in the War of 1812Turner, Wesley BMcGills Queens University Press0-7735-1832-01999
A Narrative of the Affair of Queenstown: in the War of 1812Van Rensselaer, SolomonLeavitt, Lord and Co, NY 1836
America - Great crises in our history told by its makers: Vol V 1812, before and afterVeterans of foreign warsAmericanization Department 1925
Narative verse satire in maritime Canada 1779-1814Vincent, Thomas BTecumseh Press0-919662-64-11978
A History of the Canadian PeoplesWallace, WM. StewartCopp Clark Company, Ltd. 1930
Yankee Journals, TheWanderer, A. MacMillan Company67-242891967
Reign of George III 1760-1815Watson, J. StevenClarendon Press, Oxford 1960
Day of Crysler's Farm, theWay, Ronald L.St Lawrence Parks Commission 1980
Old Fort henry, The Citadel of Upper CanadaWay, Ronald L.St Lawrence Parks Commission 1986
New England blockaded 1814 - the Journal of Henry Edward Napier, Lieutenant in HMS NympheWhitehill, Walter Muir (ed)Peabody Museum, Salem 1939
War with the United States, TheWood, WillamUniversity of Toronto Press 1964
Select British Documents from the Canadian War of 1812: Vol 3 part 2Wood, WillamChamplain Society 1922
Select British Documents from the Canadian War of 1812: Vol 3 Part 1Wood, WillamChamplain Society 1922
Select British Documents from the Canadian War of 1812: Vol 2Wood, WillamChamplain Society 1922
Select British Documents from the Canadian War of 1812: Vol 1Wood, WillamChamplain Society 1922
All afloatWood, WillamGlasgow, Brook and Co 1915
All afloatWood, WillamGlasgow, Brook and Co, Toronto 1914
Flag and FleetWood, WillamMacMillan Company 1919
TecumsehWylie, Betty JaneBlack Moss Press0-88753-091-51982
Defended Border, TheZaslow, Morris (ed)Macmillan Company of Canada 1964
Impressment of American SeamenZimmerman, James FultonKennikat 65-271211925

The following periodical/magazine articles were generously donated by their author, Robert Malcomson, in the cases where we do not have the original journal already in our collections.
Title Publisher Description Vol Year Month
War on the Lakes The Beaver Magazine Article   1990 April/May
Controversial relationships among the British before and after the Battle of Lake Erie Vanwell Publishishing   46 1990 Fall
H.M.S. Detroit 1813 Maritime Review Magazine Article   1991 January/February
The Hamilton Scale Ship Modeller Magazine Article   1991 Faebruar/March
The Capture of the Schooner The American Neptune   51 1991 Spring
Niagara Sails Again Naval History Magazine Article 5 1991 Summer
The crews of the british squadron at Put-in Bay (Part1)       1991 Fall
H.M.S. St. Lawrence Ships in Scale Magazine Article 5 1994 January/February
The crews of the british squadron at Put-in Bay (Part2) Inland Seas Magazine Article 51 1995 Fall
Xebecs for the Great Lakes War   Magazine Article   1996 May/ June
George Inglis   Short Story 21 1996  
War on Lake Onatrio The Beaver Magazine Article   1995 April/May
The Tecumseth Sails Again Maritime Magazine Magazine Article   1997 Spring
USS Constitution Military Technical Journal Magazine Article 12 1997 August
HMS St. Lawrence: The Freshwater First-Rate Mariners Mirror Magazine Article 83 1997 November
The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum And Gondola Philadelphia Model Ship Builder Magazine Article 14 1997 November/December
Letter   Letter   2000 16-Jul

The above represents part of our holdings on this subject - these books are all available for consultation - some of the older titles may be handled only by a Curator, or by a Member who has received approved training in the handling of archival material. Engravings, paintings and charts are not listed.

Below is further reading that we may not currently hold on our shelves. [Note June 2010: a very quick review indicates we now have titles marked ** . Donations of missing titles, retained here as part of our bibliographic record, would be appreciated.]

Beirne, Francis F. The War of 1812. New York: Dutton, 1949. 410 pp.

** Bird, Harrison. Navies in the Mountains: The Battles on the Waters of Lake Champlain and Lake George, 1609-1814. New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 1962. 361 pp.

Brown, Wilburt S. The Amphibious Campaign for West Florida and Louisiana, 1814-1815: A Critical Review of Strategy and Tactics at New Orleans. University: Univ. of Alabama Press, 1969. 233 pp.

Byron, Gilbert. The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1964. 94 pp.

** Cooper, James Fenimore. Ned Myers; or, a Life Before the Mast. With annotations by W. S. Dudley. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1989. 285 pp.

Cranwell, John P., and William B. Crane. Men of Marque: A History of Private Armed Vessels Out of Baltimore During the War of 1812. New York: Norton, 1940. 427 pp.

** Dillon, Richard. We Have Met the Enemy: Oliver Hazard Perry, Wilderness Commodore. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1978. 231 pp.

Drake, Frederick C. "Commodore Sir James Yeo and Governor General George Prevost: A Study in Command Relations, 1813-14." In New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers From the Eighth Naval History Symposium, edited by William B. Cogar, 156-171. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1989.

Dudley, William S. "Commodore Isaac Chauncey and U.S. Joint Operations on Lake Ontario, 1813-14." In New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers From the Eighth Naval History Symposium, edited by William B. Cogar, 139-155. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1989.

Dudley, William S. "Naval Historians and the War of 1812." Naval History 4 (Spring 1990): 52-57.

** Dutton, Charles J. Oliver Hazard Perry. New York: Longmans, Green, 1935. 308 pp.

Eckert, Edward K. The Navy Department in the War of 1812. Univ. of Florida Social Sciences Monograph, No. 48. Gainesville: Univ. of Florida Press, 1973. 77 pp.

Eller, Ernest M., William J. Morgan, and Richard M. Basoco. Sea Power and the Battle of New Orleans. New Orleans: Landmark Society, 1965. 48 pp.

Everest, Allan S. The War of 1812 in the Champlain Valley. Syracuse, N.Y.: Syracuse Univ. Press, 1981. 239 pp.

** Garitee, Jerome R. The Republic's Private Navy: The American Privateering Business as Practiced by Baltimore During the War of 1812. The American Maritime Library, Vol. 8. Middletown, Conn.: Published for Mystic Seaport by Wesleyan Univ. Press, 1977. 356 pp.

Gleaves, Albert. James Lawrence, Captain, United States Navy, Commander of the "Chesapeake". New York: Putnam, 1904. 337 pp.

** Grant, Bruce. Isaac Hull, Captain of Old Ironsides. Chicago: Pellegrini & Cudahy, 1947. 418 pp.

Hull, Isaac. Commodore Hull; Papers of Isaac Hull, Commodore, United States Navy. Edited by Gardner W. Allen. Boston: The Boston Athenaeum, 1929. 341 pp.

Jones, Noah. Journals of Two Cruises Aboard the American Privateer Yankee, by a Wanderer. New York: Macmillan, 1967. 156 pp.

Long, David F. Nothing Too Daring: A Biography of Commodore David Porter, 1780-1843. Annapolis: U.S. Naval Institute, 1970. 396 pp.

Long, David F. Ready to Hazard: A Biography of Commodore William Bainbridge, 1774-1833. Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England; distributed by University Microfilms International, 1981. 359 pp.

** Long, David F. Sailor-Diplomat: A Biography of Commodore James Biddle, 1783-1848. Boston: Northeastern Univ. Press, 1983. 312 pp.

** Lossing, Benson J. Pictorial Field-Book of the War of 1812. New York: Harper, 1868. 1084 pp. [facs.]

McClellan, Edwin N. "The Navy at the Battle of New Orleans." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 50 (December 1924): 2041-2060.

** Mahan, Alfred T. Sea Power in Its Relation to the War of 1812. Boston: Little, Brown, 1905. 2 vols. (Reprinted 1968 by Greenwood; 1970 by Haskell).

Mackenzie, Alexander S. Life of Stephen Decatur, a Commodore in the Navy of the United States. Boston: Little, Brown, 1846. 443 pp.

** Maloney, Linda M. The Captain From Connecticut: The Life and Naval Times of Isaac Hull. Boston: Northeastern Univ. Press, 1986. 549 pp.

Maloney, Linda M. "The War of 1812: What Role for Sea Power?" In In Peace and War: Interpretations of American Naval History, 1775-1984, 2d ed., edited by Kenneth J. Hagan, 46-62. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1984.

Mills, James C. Oliver Hazard Perry and the Battle of Lake Erie. Detroit: J. Phelps, 1913. 278 pp.

Muller, Charles G. The Darkest Day: 1814; The Washington- Baltimore Campaign. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1963. 232 pp.

** Pack, James. The Man Who Burned the White House: Admiral Sir George Cockburn, 1772-1853. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1987. 288 pp.

** Poolman, Kenneth. Guns Off Cape Ann: The Story of the Shannon and the Chesapeake. Chicago: Rand McNally, 1962. 175 pp.

Porter, David. Journal of a Cruise Made to the Pacific Ocean, by Captain David Porter, in the United States Frigate Essex, in the Years 1812, 1813, and 1814. New York: Wiley & Halstead, 1815. 2 vols. (Reprinted 1970 by Gregg).

Shomette, Donald G. Flotilla: Battle for the Patuxent. Solomons, Md.: Calvert Marine Museum Press, 1981. 257 pp.

Skaggs, David Curtis. "Joint Operations During the Detroit- Lake Erie Campaign, 1813." In New Interpretations in Naval History: Selected Papers From the Eighth Naval History Symposium, edited by William B. Cogar, 121-138. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press, 1989.


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