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The National Archives is poised to launch the Founders Online
website with thousands of transcribed and annotated documents from
George Washington, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams,
Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton.
Eventually, 175,000 letters, diary entries, publications and other documents will
be on Founders Online. Their source is 242 printed volumes that collect the papers
of each man from the National Archives, Library of Congress and other archives around
the world. The volumes also include editorial essays that introduce the materials
and add historical context.
The site will launch at www.founders.archives.gov (there’s
a placeholder page there now) June 13 with a ceremony at the National Archives
building. Student winners of the National
History Day contest will be among the first to search the site’s records.
This video gives you an overview of Founders Online and the documents it provides
Read more about how the papers were collected, transcribed and annotated in
this online article from the Winter 2010 issue of Prologue, the National Archives’