Skip to Main Content

Indentured Servants, Apprentices, and Convicts: Finding Family Histories at the Library of Congress


Agreement for indentured servitude, in English, published in a calendar for German immigrants. Verbindnis eines Lehrjungen. 1776. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

The resources on this page include a select bibliography of scholarly articles from periodical literature addressing the topics of indentured servants and convicts as immigrants to Colonial America available in the collections of the Library of Congress. Using these references, you may also be able to find the articles at your local library or through interlibrary loan.

The links will help you to identify and request the publications in which these articles are found. Please note the specific volumes of these periodicals in order to request the appropriate copies from the Library's stacks to read or scan.

For assistance, or more information, please contact us using our Ask a Librarian service.

Following the list of print articles, you will find references for several of the subscription databases that provide digital access to a wide range of scholarly journals in which further resources may be discovered.

Print Periodical Literature

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.  You can request the periodical issues to read or scan the articles listed below.

Subscription Databases

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.