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Gottinger Digital Library

Digital Library at the Lower Saxony State and University Library, Gottingen

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Since its opening in 1734, the Göttingen Library in Germany has been dedicated to collecting travel literature, especially relating to the exploration of early North America. Clicking on “Itineraria/Travel Literature” on the home page takes you to an alphabetical listing of more than 300 digitized works of travel literature, for a total of more than 1,000,000 page images. These works date primarily from the 18th and 19th centuries and were written primarily by Europeans or Americans. Reflecting the library’s collection, many of these works are concerned with the geography and people of the early United States, including two works by Frederick Law Olmstead. Of special interest are the reports of German missionaries about the condition of Native Americans. There are also quite a few works in English concerning the British Isles and Australia. Though many of the works are available only in German or French, more than 100 titles are in English. All the works are browsable and searchable in full text.

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