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Please join us for lunch and compelling discussion with Jennifer Stertzer, Erica Cavanaugh, and Adrina Garbooshian-Huggins from the Financial Papers of George Washington Project at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. A boxed lunch will be provided.


Date and Time




David M. Rubenstein Leadership Hall
Fred W. Smith National Library
3600 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy.
Mount Vernon, VA 22121

About the Project

The George Washington Financial Papers Project (GWFPP), funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, is an innovative documentary editing project working to develop a free-access, open-source digital edition and editorial platform containing transcriptions of Washington’s financial documents. Users will be able to read transcriptions of the financial documents; search those documents for people, places, commodities, and currencies; browse documents by account, place, ships, currency, occupation, and services; perform searches that trace and compare transactions by type, individual, and content over any time period; download data; and follow links to related correspondence in the Papers of George Washington Digital Edition. Additionally, those interested in editing and publishing financial documents will be able to use the open-source editing platform to build robust, accessible documentary editions.

This lunchtime discussion will serve as the official public launch of of the project's digital edition. Jennifer Stertzer and Erica Cavanaugh will discuss the development of the system, how content is made accessible, what can be learned from these materials about George Washington and his world, and how the project will grow in the future. 

About Jennifer

Jennifer Stertzer attended Florida State University and Appalachian State University, where she studied both History and Geography, focusing on environmental and southern Appalachia histories during the Antebellum Period. Jennifer has been with the project for 16 years, and is currently a Senior Editor at the Washington Papers. She manages and edits the George Washington Financial Papers Project, is the managing editor of the Washington Papers Digital Editions, and is the Director of the Center for Digital Editing.

About Erica

Erica Cavanaugh is a graduate from the University of Virginia and the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Before working at the Washington Papers, Erica worked for the Dolley Madison Digital Edition – a digitally born documentary edition – and at the University of Virginia Press, helping with their digital publications. Her work at the Washington Papers primarily focuses on the digital publication of the George Washington Financial Papers, and the development and maintenance of other digital work. Erica is also a research editor with the Center for Digital Editing.

About Adrina

Adrina Garbooshian-Huggins received a B.A. in French, M.A. in French Studies, and Ph.D. in Modern Languages from Wayne State University. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the French, American, and British Enlightenments. Adrina joined the Papers of George Washington in 2013 and is currently an Assistant Editor. Prior to her current role as an editor on the Digital Edition and on Washington’s Financial Papers, she indexed volumes, worked on the digital edition cumulative index, and co-authored Revolutionary War Volume 26 with Benjamin Huggins. She currently works on all aspects of the digital edition.


The Papers of George Washington

The Papers of George Washington, a grant-funded project, was established in 1968 at the University of Virginia, under the joint auspices of the University and the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association of the Union, to publish a comprehensive edition of Washington’s correspondence.

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