Established in 1968 at the University of Virginia, The Washington Papers is working to publish comprehensive letterpress and digital editions of the Washington family's correspondence.
By Kevin Butterfield, Executive Director of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon
The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (MVLA) has protected and preserved George Washington’s home since before the Civil War. And their mission has always gone beyond one of simple architectural conservation. The MVLA understands that some of the most important ways of fulfilling its mission involve reaching far outside the boundaries of the estate, and Mount Vernon’s commitment specifically to preserving and disseminating the written historical record of Washington’s life and public service goes back more than a century. Just over fifty years ago, they made an especially transformative decision to partner with the University of Virginia (UVA) on the Papers of George Washington.