Here is a little more detail about Release 2 of the George Washington
Papers in American Memory. This announcement has been cross-posted to
several lists. If you re-post, let me know and I'll inform the digital
curators so that they don't post there, too.
The Library of Congress National Digital Library Program, in
conjunction with the Library's Manuscript Division, announces
the second web release of the George Washington Papers, at
The first release in February 1998 included Series 2, forty-one
letterbooks, dating from 1774 through 1799. This second release,
also incorporating Series 2, includes Series 3, Varick Transcripts,
Continental Army Papers, 1775-1783, and Series 5, Financial Papers,
Series 3, Varick Transcripts, Continental Army Papers, 1775-1783,
consists of forty-four letterbooks relating to the American
Revolution. Originally transcribed and organized under
Washington's direction by Lieutenant Colonel Richard Varick,
Series 3 letterbooks are divided into the following correspondence
divisions: Continental Congress; Continental and State Military
Personnel; Civic Officials and Citizens; Foreign Officers and
Subjects of Foreign Nations; Enemy Officers and British Subjects;
Continental Army Proceedings; General Orders; and Personal
Series 5, Financial Papers, 1750-1796, includes thirty-four volumes
of Washington's private and plantation accounts, and his public
accounts related to the Revolution and two presidential
administrations. Most of these thirty-four volumes have not been
published previously. They reveal detailed information on how
Washington and his private, public, and military households or
"families" lived on a daily basis.
Series 2, 3, and 5 can be searched by keywords or phrases.
Extensive efforts have been made to render this rich repository
of historical material easily accessible to the user. Search output
(up to 500 items) is sortable in ascending or descending order.
The links generated by searches allow easy navigation of original
documents using the National Digital Library's "page-turner"
feature. Page images can be viewed as screen-size JPEGs or in
larger grayscale formats. Text transcriptions with explanatory
footnotes are available for many of the page images. Online help
and suggestions are provided for those wishing to modify their
Series 2, 3 and 5 contain detailed information about the digitization
of the George Washington Papers, and about their provenance
and publication history. Series 5, the Financial Papers, offers a
guide accompanied by hyperlinks to original documents and
complete explanations for each. There is also a very comprehensive
Washington bibliography, subdivided into General Biographies,
Books for Young Readers, Mount Vernon and Environs, The
Colonial Period, The American Revolution and The Early Republic.
In addition, this second release of the Washington Papers has
two Special Presentations, one a timeline covering Washington's
life from his birth in 1731 to his death in 1799, and the other a set
of three essays about the George Washington Papers. The timeline
chronicles events in the Colonial era, American Revolution, and in
the period of the Early Republic, and contains many pictures and
links to Washington's letters. Special Presentation essays include
a piece on Washington's letterbooks; "Creating the American
Nation," detailing highlights from Series 2 Letterbooks; and a
note on the so-called Fairfax Resolves, a resolution written by
Washington and George Mason in 1774 challenging the
unconstitutional actions of the British government. Teachers and
students interested in Washington's life and in the American
Revolution will likely find the timeline and the three essays a
compelling path of access towards understanding the materials
in this extraordinary collection.
This second release of the George Washington Papers comprises
approximately 23,000 additional images, bringing the total to date
to 31,000 (about one fifth of the eventual total). The images are
presented online as GIF images, with 200-dpi grayscale JPEG images
also available. A further release is planned for January 1999.
Elizabeth L. Brown, M.L.S.
National Digital Library Program, LIBN/NDL/VC(1300)
Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540-1300
[log in to unmask] telephone: 202/707-2235
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