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About the Papers of George Washington

The Papers of George Washington documentary editing project was founded at the University of Virginia in 1968, under then–editor in chief Donald Jackson. While conducting a worldwide document search that eventually netted copies of some 140,000 documents (and is still underway), the project published Washington’s diaries in six volumes (1976–1979), and began publishing Washington’s general correspondence in multiple series in 1983. Unlike older printed editions of Washington’s correspondence, the modern Papers of George Washington project is a comprehensive endeavor that aims to publish nearly all of the known letters written by Washington, or written to him. The project also adheres to modern standards of documentary editing, with transcriptions that scrupulously adhere to the original text. By 2012, the project had published 64 of an estimated 87 printed volumes of Washington's correspondence. A digital edition team was established in 2004 by Editor in Chief Ted Crackel to collaborate with the University of Virginia Press's Rotunda imprint in the creation of online versions of the volumes. The entire project is slated for completion in 2023. The project’s website is located at gwpapers.virginia.edu.

See a complete list of Washington Papers volumes included in Founders Online, with links to the documents.


The letterpress edition of The Papers of George Washington is available from The University of Virginia Press.

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