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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Washington's Presidential Cabinet
Dr. Doug Bradburn discusses the precedent-setting creation of President George Washington's cabinet. How did Washington expect this cabinet, originally made up of Jefferson, Hamilton, Knox, and Randolph, to function?
Watch the Video
Mount Vernon recently acquired eight unique book volumes that were owned by George Washington. Find out about these works and their compelling histories.
See photos and videos from the September 27, 2013 opening ceremonies for our new Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.
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
Tour Washington's Presidential Library
By popular demand, Mount Vernon is starting public tours of its new Library. See the main reading room, rare books & manuscripts room, and other signature spaces.
Tours depart from the Education Center. Free with general admission; space is limited.
November 19, December 3, December 17 (1:30-2:30 p.m.)
Take Note! Washington the Reader is a special new exhibition in conjunction with the opening of the library, and features more than 86 Washington books, letters, and objects.