Research – War of 1812

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.


Select British documents

Select British documents of the Canadian War of 1812 : edited with an introduction by William Wood in the series: Publications of the Champlain Society ; vols. 13-15, 17. (Toronto : The Champlain Society, 1920-28)

Publlished as three volumes in four: Vol. 1: Introduction; Narrative documents, group 1, preparation, group 2, Brock 1812; -- Vol. 2: Narrative documents (cont.) groups 3and 4, ops. in West; group 5, Lake Ontario spring 1813; group 6, frontiers summer 1813; group 7, Lake Erie 1813; group 8 Montreal frontier 1813; group 9, Niagara frontier 1813; -- Vol 3, Part 1: Narrative documents (cont.) group 10, ops. on the frontiers 1814; group 11, British counter-invasion 1814; group 12, end of the war; -- Vol 3, Part 2: Appendix of miscellaneous documents; index to all volumes.



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