The Digital Editions

The Papers of George Washington is available online via three unique versions: The Papers of George Washington Digital Edition on Rotunda, Founders Online, and Mount Vernon’s Guest Edition. Though each version displays careful transcription of the papers of George Washington, they differ in levels of access to other editorial content, such as annotations and volume indices.

  • 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(NHPRC), in cooperation with The University of Virginia Press created this site to make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America.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 that the cumulative index and front matter of The Papers of George Washington are not available in this version.  Click here to use Founders Online.

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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. Click here to access the Mount Vernon Guest Version.