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The Evans Collection (Early American Imprints): Early American Imprints (aka Primary Sources)

Learn how to use CONSORT to browse items from this collection of books, pamphlets, speeches, and periodicals from 1629-1800s.

The Evans Collection

Evans Collection FAQ

What's in it?

Books, pamphlets, speeches, periodicals, and more.

How old are the items?

Items range in date from 1639 to the early 1800s.

How do I view the materials?

Evans materials are available on microfiche. The microfiche reader is conveniently located near the Evans collection (in Beeghly's Government Documents section).

Can I print from the microfiche reader?

Yes!  Use your OWU copy card or cash.  See a staff member for help.

Use CONSORT to browse/search the Evans Collection

Here are step-by-step instructions to help you browse, search, and access the materials in the Evans Collection:

  • Go to .
  • Click on the Advanced Search tab.
  • Type "early american imprints" (you MUST include quotes around this phrase).
  • Limit to OWU's collection by selecting Ohio Wesleyan University in the All Libraries tab.

Now you can browse the results list (if you dare - there are over 32,000 results).

To narrow your search...

  • Go to .
  • Click on the Advanced Search tab.
  • Type "early american imprints" (you MUST include quotes around this phrase).
  • Add a word or phrase in the second search box.  (For example, add revolution, colonies, or war.)
  • You could also enter a date range.


Important Search Tip!

These are very old documents.  Think historically!  They probably didn't refer to it as the "American Revolution" as it was happening, so try searching revolution or war instead.

Finding Evans Documents

Each document in this collection is assigned a number.  Use this number to find the microfiche.

You want to view the following document:

Author More, Sarah, ca. 1743-1817
Title The Cheapside apprentice [microform]
Imprint [Philadelphia] : Published by B. Johnson no. 247 Market St. Philadelphia., [1807]

You see this information about its location:

Item LocationCall NumberCurrent Status What's This?
 OWU Beeghly PerMFCabinet  MICROFORM EVANS COLLECTION 1670  Show Nearby Items On Shelf  LIB USE ONLY

The call number (MICROFORM EVANS COLLECTION 1670) is NOT how you locate the document.

Scroll to the bottom of the item record to find the Series number.  It will look like this:

Early American imprints
. First series ; no. 34135

Use the number 34135 to find your document. 

Important Search Tip!

Each microfiche has several documents on it.  You will need to scroll around it to find yours.

For help using the microfiche reader, please see a librarian.

Finally, please do not re-file the microfiche.  Simply place it in the box on top of the Evans cabinet.