The library’s collection contains a wide and rich array of resources covering George Washington, Martha Washington, Mount Vernon, Colonial America, the American Revolution, slavery, domestic economies, the Early Republic, life in the eighteenth century, decorative arts, and historic preservation. The materials include books, periodicals, newspapers, pamphlets, databases, microforms, information files, electronic resources, audio-visual materials, maps, and photographs.

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All onsite research is conducted by appointment only.

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Electronic Resources & Research Databases

These digital collections are selected from among the resources of the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, and from other staff resources at George Washington's Mount Vernon. Note, you must be onsite at the Washington Library to access the many subscription databases.

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Special Collections and Archives

Discover the library's extraordinary collection of rare books, documents, and visual resources related to George Washington and his family, Mount Vernon, and the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.

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The Papers of George Washington

Founded in 1968 as a collaborative project between the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union and the University of Virginia, The Papers of George Washington (PGW) editing project documents the life and times of this founding father and the public events in which he participated.

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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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