Answered By: Gloria Korsman
Last Updated: Aug 05, 2015     Views: 19

We absolutely help alums with research!  

For primary sources in 19thc evangelical journals, I recommend searching the American Periodical Series Online.   You may access this online collection from any of the library's computer workstations while visiting in Cambridge.  Your current school may also subscribe and provide remote access.

To start, I searched for the phrase "good death" and limited my search to publications between 1800-1850.   I found several examples of deathbed narratives in evangelical journals.  I confirmed the religious interests of each journal title by consulting a bibliography in the reference room ( History and annotated bibliography of American religious periodicals and newspapers established from 1730 through 1830)

For secondary sources about early 19thc. attitudes toward death, I recommend America: History and Life, a database of scholarship about American history.   Here you may refine your search to look for articles about "death" or "deathbed" with a focus on a span of years (e.g. 1800-1850)\

I also found scholarly monograph on the hsitory of evangelical publishing in America.  It includes a few pages on the genre that interests you, plus bibliography.