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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.

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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Library Catalog

Library Catalog

The library’s main catalog contains records for all secondary source materials about George and Martha Washington, Mount Vernon, the Founding Era and Early Republic, historic preservation and decorative arts. These resources include: books, serials and microfilm. It also includes rare books and manuscript records.

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Research Databases

Research Databases

View our collection of scholarly research databases, and access our online digital library, which includes includes digital copies of manuscripts, staff reports, and visual resources.

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Washington Library Finding Aids

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The Papers of George Washington

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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