Guide to Sources for Research into the War of 1812

The intent of this guide is to provide a list of authoritative reference materials to introduce researchers to the history of the War of 1812. Since it would be impracticable to include the full list of several hundred titles (which continues to grow), the emphasis is on official histories and other government publications, including the proceedings of sponsored conferences directly pertaining to the subject. It does, however, recognize as “standard references” a number of non-governmental publications which, while not officially sanctioned, are sources considered to be both thoroughly researched and reliable for thorough, academic research.

The majority of these volumes are held in the NMA Collections, and indeed duplicates of many are available for purchase. The links [titles in bold blue text] are to the original publication data.

  1. General
  2. Land Operations
  3. Naval

For military history unrelated to the War of 1812, see this page.

 

 

 



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