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University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Jennifer Steenshorne (Project Director: December 2018 to August 2019)
Jennifer Stertzer (Project Director: August 2019 to present)

Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

[Grant products]

Totals (outright + matching):
$230,000 (approved)
$160,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 3/31/2021

The Papers of U.S. President George Washington (1732-1799)

Preparation of publication of volumes 20 and 21 of the Presidential series and volumes 28 through 33 of the Revolutionary War series of the papers of George Washington (1732-1799). (12 months)

The significance of the Washington Papers project rests initially on the profound importance of Washington's correspondence, the project's productivity record, nearness to completion, and important digital ventures (notably the Digital Edition and the Financial Papers project). These efforts, along with active engagement with scholars, teachers, and the general public, keep the Washington Papers at the forefront of both documentary editing and the digital humanities. Washington's personal letters to and from family and friends reveal his dedication to public service, but they also expose a human figure, learning from mistakes in business, war, and politics to become his country's foremost leader. These letters also document the actions and aspirations of enslaved people, free men and women, Native Americans, frontier inhabitants, farmers, scientists, and many others. The addition of the Washington Family Papers Series to the project only expands this context.