From the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA):
The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant making arm of the National Archives, has signed a cooperative agreement with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, affiliated with the University of Virginia, to provide pre-publication access to 68,000 historical papers of John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington that have not yet been published in authoritative documentary editions. The cooperative agreement provides up to $2.5 million for the project.
This work builds on its successful 2009 pilot project, funded through an NHPRC grant, which put online 5,000 unpublished documents from the Papers of James Madison and the Papers of John Adams.
This project expedites availability of the unpublished papers, giving scholars and the general public access to these primary source materials before they appear in the official print editions produced by six separate documentary editing projects. As new authoritative volumes are published in future, the final transcriptions with explanatory notes will replace the pre-publication transcriptions. “This is a remarkable opportunity to make available to the public these very important historical documents in a timely and easily accessible manner,” says Rob Vaughan, president of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
Direct to Papers of James Madison, Papers of John Adams, and Founders Early Access
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