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About the Fred W. Smith National Library

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 opened on September 27, 2013. It safeguards Washington’s books and manuscripts, approximately 1,500 additional 18th-century books, as well as thousands of important 19th-century newspapers, manuscripts, and documents. 

It also serves as a scholarly retreat, creates educational outreach programs, and provides seminars and training programs with a special focus on Washington’s leadership.

The Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington is open to all researchers and scholars, by appointment only. 

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