The Gilder Lehrman Institute invites you to help us tag Founding Era publications in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Without radio, telephones, or the internet, this is how most information in the world was shared. On this site, we have selected newspapers, pamphlets, broadsides, magazines, and journals from the Gilder Lehrman Collection dated between 1770 and 1807. Publications at this time were important for announcements, advertisements, news, events, and literature. They are sources of unique information about the Founding Era that we cannot find elsewhere.

Tagging is a great way to get involved with making primary sources more accessible and inclusive. Through tags, you can identify people, events, terms, and topics in articles, news items, announcements, advertisements, and literary works and bring to light unknown stories and help researchers find those stories.

How to participate

  • All tags are welcome! We are looking for tags that document the stories of lives in the eighteenth century.
  • No log-in is required so feel free to visit the selected collections listed below to get started.
  • Choose an issue of a newspaper to focus on.
  • Review the text (articles, essays, advertisements, news items, etc.) for any topics of interest.
  • Assign tags for events, places, topics, people that convey the context for the item. See the Suggested Tags page for instructions and the How to Tag page to learn how to navigate the project and recognize unique parts of eighteenth-century text such as The Long S.
  • For any questions please contact us at digitalvolunteers@gilderlehrman.org.

Tagging Projects

Boston Gazette Supplement, 1766

Supplement to the Boston Gazette dated May 12, 1766. The two publishers of the Gazette were aligned with the anti-British party of Boston. Discusses the Stamp Act through satire, letters, and a note from Benjamin Franklin. Contains several advertisements.

Pennsylvania Gazette, [No. 1918 (September 26, 1765)-No. 1922 (October 24, 1765)]

One issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette dated September 26, 1765. Contains a resolution by the Connecticut Assembly in opposition to the Stamp Act. Includes domestic and foreign news with an article from Boston describing actions being taken against the Stamp Act and advertisements for store goods.

Political Observatory, [Vol. 1 no. 36 (July 21, 1804)]

One issue of the Political Observatory dated July 21, 1804. Contains a detailed description of the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr as well as a patriotic 4th of July song and various domestic news items.

New York Weekly Museum, [No. 135 (December 11, 1790)]

One issue of the New York Weekly Museum dated October 28, 1789. Contains George Washington’s second State of the Union speech in which he lays out rules the US should abide by. Also contains several advertisements relating to land buying and local businesses.

Gazette of the United States

One issue of the Gazette of the United States dated September 23, 1789. This newspaper was founded by John Fenno in 1789 and was sponsored by Alexander Hamilton. Contains an early form of the Bill of Rights as twelve amendments to the Constitution.