The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Fellows enjoy unparalleled access to extensive resources housed in the 45,000 square-foot Library, and benefit from the support of specially-trained staff who can connect them with other invaluable research resources. The Washington Library safeguards a large and growing collection of original Washington books and manuscripts and materials from the founding era. Researchers also have access to the facility’s General Collections, Special Collections, and Archival Collections, which include books, e-books, e-resources, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, information files, microfilm, audio visual material, manuscripts, maps, and vertical files.

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George Washington’s Mount Vernon

By living and working on George Washington’s estate, fellows will enjoy the opportunity to connect and collaborate with Mount Vernon’s on-site experts in early American history, preservation, archaeology, decorative arts, landscapes, digital humanities, and other relevant fields, as well as the scholars who frequently visit for lectures, research, educational programs, and leadership programs. Fellows participate in numerous special events on the estate and play a major role in building a rich atmosphere of scholarly debate and conversation at the Library.

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Scholars’ Residence

As part of the award package, fellows will have the opportunity to reside in The Richard and Helen DeVos House, a scholars’ residence, located just 150 feet west of the Washington Library entrance. The building consists of accommodations for eight scholars, a small kitchen, and a combination living/dining area.

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