George Washington Papers at the Library of Congress, 1741-1799 gives a detailed account of the political and personal life of George Washington and consists of his diaries, accounts, correspondence, military, and other accumulated papers.
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These online exhibits provide context and additional information about this collection.
- Essays About the George Washington Papers
- George Washington: Surveyor and Mapmaker
- Timeline: America during the Age of Revolution
- Timeline: The Colonial Period
- Timeline: The Early Republic
- To Form a More Perfect Union: An Introduction to the Congressional Documents
These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection, although they may not be ll-encompassing.
- Colonial Settlement, 1492-1763
- The American Revolution, 1763-1783
- The New Nation, 1780-1815
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- Documents from the Continental Congress and the Constitutional Convention, 1774-1789
- Declaring Independence: Drafting the Documents
- Map Collections, 1500-2004
- Memory Section, American Treasures of the Library of Congress
- Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies, 1789-Present
- Temple of Liberty: Building the Capitol for a New Nation
- Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606-1827
- Words and Deeds in American History
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Specific guidance for searching this collection.
The text that is searched is a direct transcription of the letterbooks as written in the eighteenth century. The spelling has not been modernized. Early spellings or special spellings (ligatures), such as foederal for federal, occur. In some instances, Washington varied the spelling in such words as insuing for ensuing or inclosure for enclosure.
There are many abbreviations in the texts. When searching for cities or states, think of different ways names might be abbreviated. For example, searching for mass will be more productive than searching for Massachusetts. Some abbreviations will be unique, for example, philada for Philadelphia.
Events, such as Shay's Rebellion, require more than one search request. Washington referred to this event by such terms as that "commotion in Mass." Other terms that produce results are insurrection and disorder. For best results, search for an item, read the text to learn Washington's description for the item, then search on Washington's term.
There are many different types of documents within the George Washington Papers, such as diaries, journals, and letterbooks. Washington's correspondence was copied into the letterbooks. Therefore, there may be several different letters copied on to the same page.
Searches for individuals with common first names (such as James, John, George, and Thomas) result in large hit lists. To narrow results, search on a last name only or look for exact matches with an individual's first and last name.
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