Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Founders' Papers To Be Published Online

 By John Fierst
On October 12th the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) announced an agreement with the University of Virginia Press “to make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America.”  The website will provides access to the annotated published papers of Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Hamilton, and Franklin.  When completed in 2013 Founders Online will include the contents of 242 printed volumes.  See the press release which quotes Archivist of the United States, David S. Ferriero: “This new archive of the Founding Era will revolutionize our understanding by creating for the first time a free and fully searchable collection of the Founders’ own words in the context of their time.  As scholars and statesmen debate the meaning of documents such as the Constitution and Bill of Rights, they can turn to the originals and the wit and wisdom of the Founders’ own debates.  And we can only express our gratitude for the effort of dedicated editors and scholars to create this work, a national monument to the founding of our nation.”

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