Project History


How is the Papers of George Washington Project at the University of Virginia different from the George Washington Papers American Memory database at the Library of Congress?

The Papers of George Washington project is different from the George Washington Papers American Memory database at the Library of Congress in two major ways:

  • Their goals and purposes are very different
    In presenting transcriptions of documents that are heavily annotated, the Papers of George Washington seeks to serve as a vital informational resource for academic research on Washington. In contrast, American Memory’s George Washington Papers displays images of documents, few transcriptions, and even fewer annotations, making it an excellent resource for accessing original manuscripts, not for thorough research.
  • The the size and scope of each of these collection
    The American Memory collection primarily includes documents from the Library of Congress, whereas the Papers of George Washington includes copies of documents from small and large American repositories, private collectors, and international libraries.

How has the Papers of George Washington project progressed?
Since its inception in 1968, the Papers of George Washington has published 63 of its projected 90 volumes and completed the Colonial, Confederation, and Retirement series. It remains on the schedule to finish the complete Papers in about 2023.

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