Material Culture of the American Colonies


This guide has been designed for students in Taylor Spence's HIST 330, American Colonies, 1607-1763.

Click on a tab at left to explore resources for finding a material culture object for your course assignment.

For a quick introduction to material culture studies, watch the video below. Created in 2013 by four Harvard University Teaching Fellows, the video discusses several historical American chairs, observing that they are not just pieces of furniture, but also portals to history.

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