Founders Online, a tool for seamless searching across the papers of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, & Alexander Hamilton, launched in 2013. Since then, the tool has grown to a fully searchable online database of over 165,000 documents, including thousands of documents that have not yet appeared in the published volumes.
The site has had nearly 750,000 unique visitorsâan average of over 42,000 people each month.
We continue to hear remarkable stories about how researchers are using the site & the surprising items theyâve found. Here are some unique uses of the content found on Founders Online:
- Founders Online is cited in Harvardâs Arnoldia magazine article, âThe Pawpaw, a Forgotten North American Fruit Treeâ.
- The Philadelphia Museum of Art used Founders Online to conduct research for their catalogue of American silver in their collection.
- Users can also search Founders Online for Oaths of Allegiance during the Revolutionary War. One noteworthy oath is the one taken by Alexander Hamilton when he was Washington’s Aide-de-camp.
- Gates Thomas, a composer & associate professor at Berklee College of Music, has written a cantata based on George Washingtonâs Revolutionary War letters found in Founders Online.Â You can hear the cantata in this âWith Good Reasonâ radio broadcast at about the 26:00 mark.
Â What have you found in Founders Online?