Database Types:

Mount Vernon-Produced Databases:

Digital Collections from the Washington Library - 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. 

George Washington Digital Encyclopedia - The George Washington Digital Encyclopedia provides concise articles exploring numerous aspects of George Washington's world.

Mount Vernon DAACS Catalogue - DAACS is an online database of archeological surveys conducted at Mount Vernon providing insight into the history of Mount Vernon's enslaved population during the Colonial and Ante-bellum periods.

South Grove Midden - An online database of the archeological material discovered at Mount Vernon's South Grove Midden site, originally used as a refuse area on the estate.

The Papers of George Washington, Digital Edition
[The Mount Vernon guest version, which has been prepared especially for the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Learning Center at the Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center at Mount Vernon, offers the complete Papers, less the scholarly notes, in a single, searchable online publication.  For the full version, see American Founding Era Rotunda Collection below.]

Subscription Databases (Must be onsite at the Washington Library to access):

Accessible Archives - A diverse collection of primary source materials reflecting broad views across American history and culture.  Of special interest, the collection includes Godey`s Lady`s Book, various newspapers, and books on county histories. Browse and search features available.

American Book Prices Current - An annual record of books, manuscripts, autographs, maps and broadsides sold at auction. Useful of confirming the title, format, date of publication, edition, and limitations of printed materials.

American Founding Era Rotunda Collection - Published through the University of Virginia Press, Rotunda's American Founding Era Collection contains the papers of John and Abigail Adams, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, Dolley Madison, James Madison, John Marshall, Eliza Lucas and Harricott Pickney, and George Washington.

American History, 1493-1945 (Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History) - Over 50,000 primary source documents, including correspondence, diaries, government documents, business records, books, pamphlets, newspapers, broadsides, photographs, artwork and maps.  Manuscripts about and by Tobias Lear, George Washington, and Martha Washington are especially useful in this collection.

American Periodicals Series - American magazines and journals published from colonial days to the early of the 20th century. Titles include Massachusetts Magazine, which published America's first short stories, and Thomas Paine's Pennsylvania Magazine, which reported on inventions.

Ancestry Library - Ancestry Library Edition contains census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. Inside the more than 7,000 available databases  from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia.

ARTstor - Search and browse the over 1.5 million images in the ARTstor Digital Library.  A useful database for visual and decorative arts.

The Chicago Manual of Style - Completely searchable full contents of the 16th and 15th editions. Provides recommendations on editorial style and publishing practices compatible with the needs of the digital age.

Colonial State Papers Collection 1 - Digitized collection of British colonial documents from North America and the Western Caribbean.

Dissertation and Thesis Database, Section A (ProQuest) - The world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses.

Dolley Madison Digital Edition - A work in progress to be the first-ever complete edition of all of Dolley Payne Madison’s known correspondence. As of January 2015 it is complete through 1845, with a total of 2035 documents. Transcribed letters are easily searchable by topic, date, location, or content. 

Early American  Imprints, Series 1: Evans, 1639-1800 - Searchable monographs, pamphlets, broadsides, government documents and ephemera of early America, 1639-1800. 

Early American Newspapers - Searchable American newspapers from two series: American newspapers 1690-1900 and Caribbean newspapers 1718-1876.   

Early English Books Online - Database of English language works published from 1473-1700.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online - Eighteenth Century Collections Online contains more than 180,000 titles and editions published between 1701 and 1800.  The majority of significant English-language and foreign-language titles printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas included. 

Encyclopedia of the Continental Congresses - The Encyclopedia of the Continental Congresses explores the first Continental Congress in 1774 and the first Federal Congress in 1789.

Fold3 - This database contains significant amounts of military history material from the U.S. National Archives and War Department.  Invaluable for researching military service records, unit histories, pension claims, and prize claims.

Founders Online - This database contains manuscript material related to George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.

Founders Online Early Access Documents - An early version of transcribed documents from the founding fathers that have not yet been fully annotated and published by the editors to Founders Online.

Invaluable - The world’s largest online auction marketplace of fine and decorative arts, antiques, collectibles, and estate sales.  Useful for material culture research.

Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts - This journal provides scholarly research that highlights pre-1860 decorative arts in the Southern United States.

JSTOR - JSTOR digitizes millions of pages of scholarly journals for searchable access. The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, The William and Mary Quarterly, Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, and The Journal of American Studies are especially useful.

New York Times Historical Newspaper 1851-2010 - Searchable database of The New York Times from 1851-2010, with an index until 1993.  Useful for researching the history of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, the Mount Vernon Estate, and the founding generation in historical memory.

Oxford Art Online - Oxford Art Online houses materials from Oxford University’s study of Art History

Oxford Dictionary of American Biography - The Oxford Dictionary of American Biography explores the individuals that have shaped the history of the United States.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography explores the individuals that have shaped the history of the British Isles. 

Prices4Antiques - Prices4Antiques is a database of auction sales and contains descriptions and photographs of the items.  Useful for researching material culture topics.

Project Muse - Database of digitized books and academic journals exploring a wide range of humanities topics.

Slavery and Anti-Slavery: A Transnational Archive - This historical archive encourages the scholarly study of slavery in a comprehensive, conceptual and global way.  Explore 1.9 million cross-searchable pages: 7289 books, 79 serials, 16 manuscript collections, 377 Supreme Court records and briefs and 194 reference articles from Macmillan, Charles Scribner's Sons and Gale encyclopedias.  

Winterthur Portfolio - Winterthur Portfolio fosters knowledge of the North American past by publishing articles on material culture and the historical contexts within which artifacts developed.

Free Outside Institution Colonial and Early Republic-Related Databases:

American Archives, Documents of the American Revolutionary Period - Northern Illinois University Library collection of digitized documents covering a wide range of aspects concerning the American Revolution from military operations to ideological arguments and minority experiences.

Hathi Trust - Partnership of research institutions and libraries that makes available in a digital format public domain books and pamphlets within their collections.

Internet Archive - Digital multimedia collection of public domain works.  Includes copies of print works, video, and audio resources.  Also allows limited exploration of archived websites from around the Internet.

Naval Documents of the American Revolution - A growing collection of correspondence and other documents related to the naval aspect of the American Revolution.

Project Gutenberg - Database of free ebooks; available in HMTL, EPUB, Kindle, and plain text formats.  Growing collection of public domain works.


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