George Washington Papers
The complete George Washington Papers collection from
the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists
of approximately 65,000 documents. This is the largest
collection of original Washington documents in the world.
Document types in the collection as a whole include correspondence,
letterbooks, commonplace books, diaries, journals, financial
account books, military records, reports, and notes accumulated
by Washington from 1741 through 1799.
This collection includes a timeline
of Washington's life, a collection of essays
about the papers, as well as a presentation
on Washington as a surveyor and mapmaker. Also presented
is an introduction to The Diaries of George Washington.
A selection of highlights from this collection include:
by keywords or browse
by series and dates to find additional documents in Washington's
Alexander Hamilton Papers
The papers of Alexander Hamilton (ca. 1757-1804), first treasury secretary of the United States, consist of his personal and public correspondence. Search the collection or consult the finding aid to locate items related to George Washington, including the draft of George Washington's Farewell Address.
Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake
Bay Region, ca. 1600 to 1925
A collection consisting of 139 books on Washington, D.C.
and the Chesapeake Bay region, including the Memoir
of Lieut. Col. Tench Tilghman, Washington's aide during
the Revolutionary War.
Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional
Documents and Debates, 1774-1875
This collection contains a large selection of congressional
material related to George Washington's
political career as a delegate to the Continental Congress
and U.S. president. Search
this collection by date and publication to find materials
related to Washington.
from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention,
1774 to 1789
This collection contains documents relating to the work
of the Continental Congress and the drafting and ratification
of the Constitution. Washington's service in
the Continental Congress is represented by broadsides such
as this early printing of the United
States Constitution as ratified by the Constitutional Convention on Sept. 17,
James Madison Papers, 1723 to 1836
The James Madison Papers from the Manuscript Division
at the Library of Congress consist of approximately 12,000
items captured in some 72,000 digital images. The Madison
Papers contain more than 70 items to or referring
to George Washington.
James Monroe Papers
The James Monroe Papers at the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress consist of approximately 5,200 items dating from 1758 to 1839. Consult the guide to using the James Monroe Papers in order to locate letters to and from George Washington.
Among the collection’s Washington-related materials
Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606 to 1827
The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript
Division at the Library of Congress consist of approximately
27,000 documents. This is the largest collection of original
Jefferson documents in the world. Document types in the
collection as a whole include correspondence, commonplace
books, financial account books, and manuscript volumes. The Jefferson Papers contains hundreds of items to or referring to George Washington.
Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera
The Printed Ephemera collection comprises 28,000 primary-source
items dating from the seventeenth century to the present
and encompasses key events and eras in American history.
the bibliographic records and the full text option to find
items related to George Washington.
U.S. Presidential Inaugurations: "I Do Solemnly Swear..." A Resource Guide
This guide contains approximately 400 items relating
to presidential inaugurations, including Washington's first
inauguration in 1789 and his second
inauguration in 1793.
and Deeds in American History: Selected Documents Celebrating
the Manuscript Division's First 100 Years
In honor of the Manuscript Division's centennial, its
staff has selected for online display approximately ninety
representative documents spanning from the fifteenth century
to the mid-twentieth century. A search on George Washington's
name highlights several documents selected from the Washington
Papers collection, including color images of Washington's
text of his