Documents in this group deal not only with economic reality (farming, industry, and trade) but with political economy, that is with late colonial ideological understanding of economic issues.
- Agriculture: crops, harvesting, and production of food and fiber crops; shortages and surpluses of food stuffs.
- Bounty: bounties given for manufacturing, agriculture, or military enlistments.
- Debt and credit: individual debt/debtors and credit/creditors as well as colonial and state attempts to pay for public needs.
- Empire: the economic operation or political ideas of the British empire in America.
- Industry: manufacturing, arms and powder production, fishing and maritime industries.
- Land: land distribution and land speculation.
- Moral economy: philosophical aspects of the economy (the rationale for taxation, for instance) and communal reactions to deviant behavior (forced contrition by suspected Loyalists, for instance).
- Paper money: calls for paper money, the theory of paper money, and paper money emissions.
- Postal: organization and operation of the revolutionary postal system.
- Taxation: economics and politics of taxation — but not complaints about specific taxes.
- Trade and commerce: exports, imports, merchants, and mercantile behavior.
- Trade restrictions: boycotts (Continental Association), British restrictions on colonial trade.