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The Fred W. Smith National Library

The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington is a new center for cutting-edge and compelling scholarship about George Washington, Colonial America, and the Revolutionary Era. Learn more about our research resources, facilities, and upcoming events.

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George Washington, The Architect:
An Interview with Joseph Manca

Mount Vernon recently had the opportunity to sit down with Joseph Manca, author of George Washington's Eye: Landscape, Architecture, and Design at Mount Vernon.

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Evening Book Talk

Join us for our monthly Evening Book Talk, which features authors and historians discussing their latest books about George Washington and our nation’s Founding era. Lectures are free and open to the public, and books will be available for purchase.

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Meet the 2014-15 Fellows

Mount Vernon has selected eighteen established and emerging scholars to serve as its newest class of fellows. Their proposed research topics range from the slave trade, to Washington’s role in early-American agriculture, to the process of defining executive powers.

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Q&A with Doug Bradburn

Learn about Founding Director, Dr. Douglas Bradburn, and his vision for the library's role as a scholarly center that engages with the broader public.

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The First State of the Union Address

On January 8, 1790, President George Washington delivered to Congress the first State of the Union address in American history. This precedent setting address presented defense, foreign policy, economic, education, and immigration related topics to gathered representatives and senators in Federal Hall, New York City.

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News & Events


A Repository and a Retreat (Wall Street Journal)
Washington as Reader, Not Soldier (New York Times)
Video: In 2013, George Washington gets his own library (MSNBC)
New Acquisitions to the Fred W. Smith National Library
Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association Names Douglas Bradburn Library Director
Mount Vernon Raises $106.4 Million in Capital Campaign
More than 200 Years Later, George Washington Will Get His Library (CBS)
George Washington Book Prize of $50,000 Goes to Stephen Brumwell for George Washington: Gentleman Warrior

Library Virtual Tour

Use our new Library Virtual Tour to explore the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington.

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Hours of Operation

By Appointment Only

Monday – Friday
9:00am – 5:00pm
Materials paged by 4:30pm

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George Washington Portrait Program

Request a free limited-edition portrait for your local school, public library, or government office.

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