Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture

Leading Early American Scholarship Since 1943


“An indispensable national resource...The Omohundro Institute is the world center for the study of American origins—our original, diverse population, our early economic development, and especially the establishment of the nation’s political principles and public institutions.”

– Bernard Bailyn, Adams University Professor and James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History, emeritus, at Harvard University, two-time Pultizer Prize winner and 2010 recipient of the National Humanities Medal, and former OI Executive Board chair and Council member

[Map of the World], based on map by Ptolemy, 2nd century, and redrawn, corrected, and improved by Nicolaus Donis [i.e. Nicolaus Germanus], 1482. Woodcut with hand coloring. Courtesy of the John Carter Brown Library at Brown University. Find out more about images on this site