George Washington papers

Collection Data

Description
George Washington (1732-1799) was a Virginia planter, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, and first President of the United States. The Washington Papers comprise manuscript items by or related to George Washington and his family acquired by The New York Public Library and its predecessor the Lenox Library through various gifts and purchases. Among the items in the collection are Washington’s notebook as a colonel in the Virginia militia (1757), the manuscript of his Farewell Address to the nation (1796), and letters he sent and received, 1757-1799.
Names
Washington, George, 1732-1799 (Creator)
Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941 (Correspondent)
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804 (Correspondent)
Madison, James, 1751-1836 (Correspondent)
Paltsits, Victor Hugo, 1867-1952 (Correspondent)
Ross, James, 1762-1847 (Correspondent)
Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 (Correspondent)
Washington, Martha, 1731-1802 (Correspondent)
Webster, Noah, 1758-1843 (Correspondent)
United States. President (1789-1797 : Washington) (Correspondent)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1694 - 1979
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 3231
Topics
Washington, George, 1732-1799
Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Anniversaries, etc.
Washington, George, 1732-1799 -- Farewell address
Washington family
Presidents -- United States
United States -- History -- 1783-1815
United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783
United States -- Politics and government -- 1775-1783
Genres
Correspondence
Land surveys
Notebooks
Orderly books
manuscripts
Notes
Biographical/historical: George Washington (1732-1799) was a Virginia planter, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution, and first President of the United States.
Content: The George Washington papers combine manuscript items by or related to George Washington acquired by The New York Public Library and its predecessor the Lenox Library; reproductions of Washington materials held by other repositories and individuals; and correspondence, research files, and printed material, bearing on the study of Washington. Original material in the collection includes Washington’s notebook as a colonel in the Virginia militia (1757), the manuscript of his Farewell Address to the nation (1796), and letters he sent and received (1757-1799). Notable correspondents include James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Timothy Pickering, James Ross, and Noah Webster. Family papers contain letters, deeds, and receipts of Washington family members, including one letter of his wife Martha Washington and a bill of exchange for slaves signed by his nephew William Augustine Washington. The collection also includes papers of researchers, chiefly concerning the provenance and authenticity of Washington manuscripts, primarily the Farewell address. Correspondents include James Lenox, David Claypool, Jared Sparks, Moncure D. Conway, Worthington C. Ford, and Victor Hugo Paltsits. In addition, there are transcripts, photostats, and facsimiles of Washington documents not held by the New York Public Library, and Washington-related ephemera.
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Physical Description
Extent: 5.52 linear feet 11 boxes, 15 volumes, 9 oversized folders
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b11996385
MSS Unit ID: 3231
Archives collections id: archives_collections_3231
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): d6e833a0-d4eb-0133-cef1-00505686d14e
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