November 26, 2015

Reference: NARA and Others Will Publicly Release “Founders Online” Web Resource Next Week

The formal launch of Founders Online is scheduled for Thursday (June 13, 2013).

From a NARA Announcement:

The new Founders Online website/online tool brings together the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in a single website that gives a first-hand account of the growth of democracy and the birth of the Republic.

Founders Online was created through a cooperative agreement between the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives, and The University of Virginia (UVA) Press.


The Founders Online project emerged from hearings of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary held in February 2008. Inspired by the testimony of historians such as David McCullough and others, Congress provided funding and directed the Archivist of the United States to expedite public access to these founding documents through online publication.

Founders Online will include thousands of documents, replicating the contents of 242 volumes drawn from the published print editions. As each new print volume is completed, it will be added to this database of documents.

In addition, all of the unpublished and in-process materials (about 55,000 documents) will be posted online over the next three years. Researchers will be able to view transcribed, unpublished letters as they are being researched and annotated by the editors and staff.

Read the Complete Announcement

Learn More About the Project via Prologue Magazine

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