The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition

The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition is a landmark in historical scholarship, encompassing five separate series and the complete diaries. There are three versions of this edition – Founders Online, the Rotunda Scholarly Edition, and the Mount Vernon guest version.

  • Founders Online offers free access to the papers of George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, and Alexander Hamilton.  The National Archives, through its National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), in cooperation with The University of Virginia Press created this site to make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America.  Please note, the cumulative index is not available in this version.  Click here to read more about The Papers of George Washington»


  • The Rotunda scholarly edition offers the complete Papers to date in one online publication. You may search on full text and by date, author, or recipient across all volumes and series. The exceptional indexing of the individual print volumes is combined here into a single master index, and all internal document cross-references are linked. Click here to access a trial version»

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  • The Mount Vernon guest version, which has been prepared especially for the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Learning Center at the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center at Mount Vernon, offers the complete Papers, less the annotation and cumulative index, in a single, searchable online publication. Access to the public version is available by visiting the Mt. Vernon web site: