Friday, February 1: An Exhibition and Open House in Celebration of 50 Years of Editing

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, The Washington Papers is hosting two events on Friday, February 1, with both events scheduled from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

1. The public is invited to a free open house of The Washington Papers in Alderman Library at the University of Virginia (UVA). Our offices are located on 5th Floor East of Alderman Library. Visitors can learn more about documentary editing, which is the practice of collecting, transcribing, and annotating historical documents, such as the correspondence of George and Martha Washington. Editors will be on site to answer questions about their work on the papers from George Washington’s years in the Revolutionary War and as the first U.S. president.

2. As part of a partnership with UVA’s Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, there will be an exhibition of Washington-related materials in the Byrd-Morris Room of UVA’s Small Library, which is located on the third floor of the library. Items on display will include:

  • A 1755 letter written by George Washington to Col. Gov. Robert Dinwiddie, detailing the defeat of Gen. Edward Braddock at the Battle of Monongahela
  • A 1760 letter written by George Washington and loaned by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association
  • An 1801 letter written by Thomas Jefferson, describing a visit with Martha Washington at Mount Vernon

For information about accommodations, please see below.


Parking is available at the Central Grounds Garage on 398 Emmet St S. in Charlottesville, Virginia. Visitors can pay for parking with cash, credit, or ParkMobile.


Transportation in Charlottesville

Charlottesville has multiple options for transit around the city: a free trolley that goes between the Downtown Mall and the University of Virginia, the Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT)—which offers transportation along several routes within the city and county—multiple taxi services, Lyft, and Uber.