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Catalogs and Calendars of the Papers of George Washington at the Library of Congress

  • Fitzpatrick, John C. Calendar of the Correspondence of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental Army with the Continental Congress. Washington DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1906. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Fitzpatrick, John C. Calendar of the Correspondence of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, with the Officers. 4 vols. Washington DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1915. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Fitzpatrick, John C. List of the Washington Manuscripts from the Year 1592 to 1775.  Washington DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1919. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Friedenwald, Herbert. A Calendar of Washington Manuscripts in the Library of Congress.  Washington DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1901. Available online through HathiTrust External.

Published Editions of George Washington’s Papers

General

  • Abbot, W.W. et al, eds. The Papers of George Washington. 59 vols. Charlottesville: University of Virginia, 1987 – .
  • Crackel, Theodore J., et al, eds. The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, Rotunda, 2007 - . Available online through the University of Virginia Press Rotunda Project External.
  • Fitzpatrick, John C., ed. The Writings of Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799. 39 vols. Washington DC: United States Government Printing Office, 1931-1944. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Founders Online, National Archives
  • Hamilton, Stanislaus Murray, ed. Letters to Washington and Accompanying Papers. 5 vols. Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company; Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1898, for the Colonial Dames of America. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Sparks, Jared, ed. The Writings of George Washington; Being his Correspondence, Addresses, Messages, and Other Papers, Official and Private. 12 vols. Boston: Little, Brown, 1855. Available online through HathiTrust External.

Diaries

  • Jackson, Donald, et al, eds. The Papers of George Washington, Diaries. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1976-1979. 6 vols.  Available online as Series 1B of the George Washington Papers on this Website.
  • Twohig, Dorothy, ed. The George Washington Diaries: An Abridgment. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999.

Special Subjects

  • Boynton, Edward C., ed. General Orders of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army of Revolution, Issued at Newburgh on the Hudson, 1782-1783. Harrison, New York: Harbor Hill Books, 1973.
  • Chinard, Gilbert, ed. George Washington as the French Knew Him: A Collection of Texts. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1940.
  • Decatur, Stephen. Private Affairs of George Washington, from the Records and Accounts of Tobias Lear, Esquire, His Secretary. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1933.
  • Fields, Joseph E., comp. "Worthy Partner": The Papers of Martha Washington. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994.
  • Fitzpatrick, John C., ed. The Last Will and Testament of George Washington and the Schedule of Property: To Which is Appended the Last Will and Testament of Martha Washington. Mount Vernon, VA: Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union, 1939.
  • Fitzpatrick, John C., ed. George Washington's Account of Expenses While Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, 1775-1783. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1917. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Kitman, Marvin, ed. George Washington’s Expense Account. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1970.
  • Lowdermilk, William H. Major General Edward Braddock’s Orderly Books from February 26 to June 17, 1755, from the Originals in the Congressional Library. Cumberland, MD: Will H. Lowdermilk, 1878.  Available online through HathiTrust External. One of these orderly books, in Washington’s hand, is in Series 6, Military Papers.
  • Moore, Charles, ed. George Washington's Rules of Civility and Decent Behaviour in Company and Conversation. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1926.
  • Twohig, Dorothy, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793-1797. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1981.

Biographies and Studies - A Selection

  • Chernow, Ron. George Washington: A Life. New York: Penguin Press, 2010.
  • Cunliffe, Marcus. George Washington, Man and Monument. Boston: Little, Brown, 1958.
  • Custis, George Washington Parke. Recollections and Private Memoirs of Washington. Washington DC: William H. Moore, 1859. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Ellis, Joseph. His Excellency, George Washington. New York: Knopf, 2004.
  • Flexner, James Thomas. George Washington. 4 vols. Boston: Little, Brown, 1965-1972.
  • Freeman, Douglas Southall. George Washington: A Biography. 7 vols. New York: Scribner, 1948-1957.
  • Furstenberg, François. In the Name of the Father: Washington’s Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation. New York: Penguin, 2006
  • Humphreys, David. David Humphreys’ Life of General Washington. Ed. Rosemarie Zagarri. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1991.
  • Irving, Washington. Life of George Washington. New York: G.P. Putnam and Co., 1855. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Lengel, Edward G. General George Washington: A Military Life. New York: Random House, 2005.
  • Lengel, Edward G. Inventing George Washington: America’s Founder, in Myth and Memory.  New York: Harper Collins, 2011.
  • Longmore, Paul K. The Invention of George Washington. Berkeley; Los Angeles; London: University of California Press, 1988.
  • Marshall, John. Life of George Washington. Philadelphia: C.P. Wayne, 1804-1807. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Morgan, Edmund. The Genius of George Washington. New York: Norton, 1980.
  • Pennypacker, Morton. General Washington’s Spies on Long Island and in New York.  Brooklyn, NY: Long Island Historical Society, 1939. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Weems, Mason Locke. The Life of George Washington. Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1809. Available online through HathiTrust External.
  • Wiencek, Henry. An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2003.
  • Wills, Garry. Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment. Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday, 1984.

For Young Readers

  • Allen, Thomas B. George Washington, Spymaster: How America Outspied the British and Won the Revolutionary War. Washington DC: National Geographic, 2005.
  • Aloian, Molly. George Washington: Hero of the American Revolution. New York: Crabtree Publishing, 2013.
  • Chandra, Deborah, and Madeleine Comora. George Washington’s Teeth. New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2003.
  • Freedman, Russell. Washington at Valley Forge. New York: Holiday House, 2008.
  • Harness, Cheryl. George Washington. Washington DC: National Geographic Society, 2006.
  • Jurmain, Suzanne. George Did It. New York: Dutton, 2006.
  • Marsh, Joan. Martha Washington. New York: F. Watts, 1993.
  • North, Sterling. George Washington: Frontier Colonel. New York Sterling Pub. Co., 2006.
  • Schanzer, Rosalyn. George vs. George: The American Revolution as Seen From Both Sides. Washington DC: National Geographic, 2005.
  • Smith, Lane. John, Paul, George, and Ben. New York: Hyperion, 2006.
  • St. George, Judith. Take the Lead, George Washington. New York: Philomel Books, 2005.
  • See also Library of Congress Center for the Book’s Booklists for Kids.

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