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George Washington Papers

Identifier: Mss. 39.1 W25

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Scope and Contents

Photostats, typescripts, original and printed copies of letters and papers of and about George Washington, Martha Washington and Mary Ball Washington; manuscript of "The Washingtons of Sulgrave" by S. H. Lee Washington; portrait engravings and prints of George Washington and places and events associated with him, including an original pen and ink sketch [ca. 1790] by Benjamin H. Latrobe; a piece of sheet music written in honor of George Washington by George M. Cohan; and various maps. Original Washington letters in the collection include: Letter, 1796 June 26, George Washington to his nephew Robert Lewis concerning his retirement from public life; and letter, Letter, 1799 March 18, of George Washington to James McAlpine concerning the making of a suit; Letter, 1783 November 15, George Washington to Governor George Clinton (Acc. 1997.073).


  • Creation: 1755-1932


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Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

George Washington (February 22, 1732 - December 14, 1799) led America's Continental Army to victory over Britain in the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), and in 1789 was elected the first President of the United States of America. He served two four-year terms from 1789 to 1797. Washington served as the first American Chancellor of the College of William and Mary from 1788 to 1799.


3.00 Linear Feet

Acquisition Information:

The materials that comprise this collection were donated and purchased by W&M Special Collections from numerous individuals between 1928 and 1997.

Related Materials:

For other Washington material, see Dunmore Family Papers (I) (Mss. 65 D92), Dismal Swamp Collection (Mss. 39.2 D63), Powell Family Papers (Mss. 65 P875) and Leven Powell Papers (Mss. 65 P87).

Artifacts transferred to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection (Mss. 1.03) include: Facsimile Dinner Plate (Mss 39.1W25.01)

Separated Materials:

Artifacts transferred to the Manuscripts Artifact Collection (Mss. 1.03) include: Facsimile Dinner Plate (Mss 39.1W25.01)

Processing Information:

Box and folder list inventory completed by Zach Woodward, SCRC staff, in March 2011.

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository