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The Center for Digital History at the Washington Library

The Center for Digital History at the Washington Library makes scholarship accessible by producing online content for people who want to learn more about George Washington’s world. In collaboration with partners at Mount Vernon and beyond, we make new media like podcasts and videos, provide access to curated digital archives and datasets, and create online reference sources you can trust. Learn more about our new and ongoing projects below!

Featured Projects:

The Digital Encyclopedia of George Washington

Reaching more than 10,000,000 people since its creation in 2013, the Digital Encyclopedia examines the wide range of subjects related to George Washington’s world and the colonial and founding eras.


ARGO: American Revolutionary Geographies Online

ARGO is an exciting new project led by the Washington Library and the Leventhal Map and Education Center at the Boston Public Library. The site, currently in public beta, will collate digitized maps of North America made between 1740-1800 in a single, user-friendly portal alongside interpretive essays, curated collections, interactives, teaching materials and more.


Intertwined: The Enslaved Community at George Washington's Mount Vernon

Intertwined is an eight-part podcast series that tells the story of the more than 577 people enslaved by George and Martha Washington at Mount Vernon.


Database of Mount Vernon's Enslaved Community

To create this database, a team of Mount Vernon staff and volunteers spent more than two years analyzing George Washington’s papers and compiling references to the enslaved people who lived and worked on his plantation. Work is ongoing to improve and expand this important resource.


Colonial Music Institute

The Colonial Music Institute (CMI) conducts and promotes research and educational outreach in the fields of early American music and dance.


Other Digital Resources at Mount Vernon:

Digital Collections at the Washington Library

The Digital Collections were selected from the resources of the Washington Library.


Event Livestreams

Learn more about Washington's world by exploring our archive of book talks, conferences, and livestreams.


Be Washington!

The Center for Digital History was proud to be a part of building Be Washington!, a multi-million dollar first-person interactive leadership experience available at Mount Vernon and online.