American Memory Historical Collections
George Washington Papers at the Library
of Congress, 1741-1799
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
Related Resources section of this collection contains
a selected bibliography and links to related Web sites.
American Time Capsule: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other
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.
Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake
Bay Region, ca. 1600-1925
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,
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,
Do Solemnly Swear...": Presidential Inaugurations
This collection contains approximately 400 items relating
to presidential inaugurations, including Washington's first
inauguration in 1789 and his second
inauguration in 1793.
James Madison Papers, 1723-1836
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 48 items to or referring
to George Washington. To find these documents,
go to the collection’s
page and search on the exact phrase George Washington
(do not put quotation marks around the words).
Thomas Jefferson Papers at the Library of Congress
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.
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