Joseph Sabin's Bibliotheca Americana: A Dictionary of Books Relating to America from Its Discovery to the Present Time has been heralded as a cornerstone in the study of the history of the western hemisphere. The Sabin Collection aims to locate and film as many of the most significant works in the bibliography as possible, as well as a variety of others that provide the greater depth of research material necessary for intensive studies of the history of the New World.
Sabin's effort to record every written document pertaining to the New World from 1492 to the mid-1800s lasted for much of his lifetime, as he amassed information about North, Central and South America, the Arctic and Antarctica, and the West Indies.
Included in the collection are books, pamphlets, broadsides and other documents written or published in the United States, as well as items printed elsewhere, which provide important insights into the attitudes and opinions of Europeans and others towards the course of history in the Americas.
The Sabin Collection is rich in specific, original accounts of exploration, pioneering, settlement, the western movement, military actions, Native Americans, slavery, abolition and much, much more. With Sabin materials currently being selected and filmed at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California, this continuing collection now includes more than 14,000 titles presented in more than 220 units, and approximately 10 units are published annually.
The guides that accompany the collection are organized by fiche number and alphabetically by main entry, so researchers on any level can easily find exactly what they need. They come conveniently packaged for easy storage.
Ongoing Collection. Approx. 350 fiche per unit
Machine-Readable Cataloging: MARC cataloging records for this ongoing collection are available for purchase through Primary Source Microfilm.