The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington is a resource for scholars, students, and all those interested in George Washington, colonial America, and the Revolutionary and founding eras.

The Washington Library is temporarily closed until further notice due to COVID-19 mitigation.

We are closed for in-person research appointments, however, if you have a research inquiry, our Reference Librarian is answering questions remotely.

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Research at the Library

Research at the Library

The library’s collections contain materials about George and Martha Washington, Mount Vernon, the Founding Era and Early Republic, historic preservation and decorative arts. These resources include: books, manuscripts, archives, serials, electronic resources and databases, microforms, audio-visual materials, and maps. We also are the repository for the archives of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.

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

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