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The George Washington Papers: Selected Bibliography

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Documentary Editions and Publications

The Papers of George Washington. Dorothy Twohig, ed. in chief. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia.

The Diaries of George Washington. vols. 1-6. 1976-1979. LC Call Number: E312.72 1976
The Colonial Series. 10 vols. 1983-1995. LC Call Number: E312.72 1983
Revolutionary War Series. vols. 1-7. 1985-1997. LC Call Number: E312.72 1985
Presidential Series. vols. 1-4. 1987-1993. LC Call Number: E312.72 1987
Confederation Series. vols. 1-6. 1992-1997. LC Call Number: E312.72 1992
Retirement Series. vol. 1- 1998- . LC Call Number: E312.72 1998
The George Washington Diaries: An Abridgment. Dorothy Twohig, ed. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1999. LC Call Number: E312.8 1999

The Papers of George Washington Documentary Editing Project, University of Virginia.
University Press of Virginia

Fitzpatrick, John C., ed. The Writings of Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799. 39 vols. Washington, D.C.: Govt. Printing Office, 1931-1944; reprint, New York: Greenwood Press, 1970. LC Call Number: E312.7 1931

Hamilton, Stanislaus Murray, ed. Letters to Washington and Accompanying Papers. 5 vols. Published by the Colonial Dames of America. Boston; New York: Houghton Mifflin and Company; Cambridge: Riverside Press, 1898. LC Call Number: E312.2 .H22

Fields, Joseph E., comp. "Worthy Partner": The Papers of Martha Washington. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1994. LC Call Number: E312.19 .W34 W67 1994

Boynton, Edward C., comp. and ed. General Orders of George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army of Revolution, issued at Newburgh on the Hudson, 1782-1783. Harrison, New York: Harbor Hill Books, 1973. LC Call Number: E259 .U54 1973

Chinard, Gilbert, ed. George Washington as the French Knew Him: A Collection of Texts. c1940; New York: Greenwood Press, 1969. LC Call Number: E312.17 .C5 1969

Decatur, Stephen. Private Affairs of George Washington, from the records and accounts of Tobias Lear, Esquire, his secretary. c1933; New York: Da Capo Press, 1969. LC Call Number: E312.29 .D32 1969

Fitzpatrick, John C., ed. The Last Will and Testament of George Washington and the Schedule of Property: to which is appended the last will and testament of Martha Washington. 6th ed. rev. [Mount Vernon, VA] : Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union, 1992. LC Call Number: E312.99 1992

George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. Introduced by Letitia Baldridge. Annotated by Ann M. Rauscher. Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon Ladies Association, 1989. LC Call Number: E312.78 1989

Twohig, Dorothy, ed. The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793-1797. 6th ed. revised. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1981. LC Call Number: E312.8 1981

General Biographies

Alden, John R. George Washington: A Biography. Baton Rouge, La.: Louisiana State University Press, 1984; reprinted, New York: Wings Books, 1995. LC Call Number: E312 .A58 1995

Boorstin, Daniel J. "The Mythologizing of George Washington." In The Americans: The National Experience. New York: Vintage Books, 1965. LC Call Number: E162 .B68 1965

Bryan, William Alfred. George Washington in American Literature, 1775-1865. c1952; Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1970. LC Call Number: PS169 .W3 B7 1970

Cunliffe, Marcus. George Washington, Man and Monument. Boston: Little, Brown, c1958. LC Call Number: E312 .C88

Flexner, James Thomas. George Washington. 4 vols. Boston: Little, Brown, 1965-1972. LC Call Number: E312.29 .F55

George Washington: The Forge of Experience, 1732-1775, Volume 1 (1965)
George Washington in the American Revolution, 1775-1783, Volume 2 (1968)
George Washington and the New Nation, 1783-1793, Volume 3 (1970)
George Washington: Anguish and Farewell, 1793-1799, Volume 4 (1972)

Freeman, Douglas Southall. George Washington: A Biography. 7 vols. New York: Scribner, 1948-1957. LC Call Number: F312.F82

Young Washington, Volumes 1-2 (1948)
Planter and Patriot, Volume 3 (1951)
Leader of the Revolution, Volume 4 (1951)
Victory with the Help of France, Volume 5 (1952)
Patriot and President, Volume 6 (1954)
First in Peace, Volume 7 (1957)

Longmore, Paul K. The Invention of George Washington. Berkeley; Los Angeles; London: University of California Press, 1988. LC Call Number: E312.17 .L84 1988

Marsh, Joan. Martha Washington. New York: F. Watts, 1993. LC Call Number: E312.79 .W34 M37 1993

Morgan, Edmund. The Genius of George Washington. New York: Norton, 1980. LC Call Number: E312.63 .M839 1980

Wills, Garry. Cincinnatus: George Washington and the Enlightenment. 1st ed. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1984. LC Call Number: E312.62 .W54 1984

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Books for Young Readers

Bruns, Roger. George Washington. New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1987. LC Call Number: E312.66 .B74 1987

Collins, Mary. Mount Vernon. New York: Children's Press, 1998. LC Call Number: E312.5 .C66 1998

Knight, James E. The Winter at Valley Forge: Survival and Victory. Mahwah, New Jersey: Troll Associates, c1982. LC Call Number: E234 .K58 1982

Old, Wendie C. George Washington. Springfield, N.J. : Enslow Publishers, 1997. LC Call Number: E312.79 .O37 1997

Peacock, Louise. Crossing the Delaware: A History in Many Voices. New York: Athenaeum Books for Young Readers, 1998. LC Call Number: E241 .T7 P43 1998

Stefoff, Rebecca. Washington. New York: Benchmark Books, 1999. LC Call Number: F891.3 .S72 1999

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Mount Vernon and Environs

Caroll, Frances Laverne, and Mary Meacham. The Library at Mount Vernon. Pittsburgh, Pa.: Beta Phi Mu, 1977. LC Call Number: Z997 .W32 C36

Dalzell, Robert F., Jr., and Lee Brown Dalzell. George Washington's Mount Vernon: At Home in Revolutionary America. New York; London: Oxford University Press, 1998. LC Call Number: E312.5 .D24 1998

Fairbairn, Charlotte Judd. George Washington's Lost Plantation in Jefferson County. Berryville, Va.: Blue Ridge Press [1954]. LC Call Number: E312.5 .F3

de Forest, Elizabeth Kellam. The Gardens and Grounds of Mount Vernon: How George Washington Planned and Planted Them. Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon Ladies' Association of the Union [1982]. LC Call Number: SB466 .U7 M683 1982

Johnson, Gerald W. Mount Vernon: The Story of a Shrine: An account of the rescue and continuing restoration of George Washington's home by the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association. Rev. ed. Mount Vernon, Va. : The Association, c1991. LC Call Number: E312.5 .J6 1991

Smith, Gloria L. Black Americana at Mount Vernon: Genealogy Techniques for Slave Group Research. Tuscon, Ariz. : G.L. Smith, c1984. LC Call Number: E185.93 .V8 S54 1984

Somerville, Mollie D. Alexandria, Virginia, George Washington's Home Town. [Alexandria? Va., 1966]. LC Call Number: F234 .A3 S66

Fisher, Robert. A List of Ornamental Trees and Shrubs Noted in the Writings of George Washington. Mount Vernon, Va.: Mount Vernon Ladies' Association [1950]. LC Call Number: SB435 .F56

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The Colonial Period

Cleland, Hugh. George Washington in the Ohio Valley. Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Press, 1955. LC Call Number: E312 .C62

Hofstra, Warren R. George Washington and the Virginia Backcountry. 1st ed. Madison, Wis. : Madison House, 1996. LC Call Number: E312.2 .G47 1996

The Journal of Major George Washington: An Account of His First Official Mission, Made as Emissary from the Governor of Virginia to the Commandant of the French Forces on the Ohio, October 1753-January 1754. Facsimile edition. Williamsburg, Va., Colonial Williamsburg [1959]. LC Call Number: E312.8 1753ag

Knollenberg, Bernhard. George Washington, the Virginia Period, 1732-1775. c1964; Durham, N.C., Duke University Press, 1976. LC Call Number: E312.2 .K56

Lewis, Thomas A. For King and Country: George Washington. The Maturing of George Washington, 1748-1760. New York: Harpercollins, 1993. LC Call Number: E312.2 .K56

Morison, Samuel Eliot. "The Young Man Washington." In his By Land and by Sea: Essays and Addresses. New York: Knopf, 1953. LC Call Number: E178.6 .M83

Schutz, John A. "A Private Report of General Braddock's Defeat," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 79 (1955), 374-77. LC Call Number: F146 .P65

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The American Revolution

Blackaby, Anita D. Washington and the American Revolution: A Guide to the Campaigns in Pennsylvania & New Jersey. Washington Crossing, Pa.: Council of American Revolutionary Sites, c1986. LC Call Number: E230.5 .P4 B57 1986

Busch, Noel F. Winter Quarters: George Washington and the Continental Army at Valley Forge. New York : Liveright [1974]. LC Call Number: E234 .B975

Carp, E. Wayne. To Starve the Army at Pleasure: Continental Army Administration and American Political Culture, 1775-1783. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984. LC Call Number: E259 .C37 1984

Davis, Burke. George Washington and the American Revolution. New York : Random House, c1975. LC Call Number: E312.25 .D38

Edgar, Gregory T. Campaign of 1776: The Road to Trenton. Bowie, Md. : Heritage Books, 1995. LC Call Number: E232 .E24 1995

Higginbotham, Don. George Washington and the American Military Tradition. Athens: University of Georgia Press, c1985. LC Call Number: E312.17 .H63 1985

Kwasny, Mark V. Washington's Partisan War, 1775-1783. Kent; London: The Kent State University Press, 1996. LC Call Number: E230.5 .N4 K9 1996

Shreve, L.G. Tench Tilghman: The Life and Times of Washington's Aide de Camp. 1st ed. Centreville, Md.: Tidewater Publishers, c1982. LC Call Number: E207 .T57 S57 1982

Thompson, Ray. Washington at Germantown. [Fort Washington, Pa., Bicentennial Press, 1971]. LC Call Number: E241 .G3 T48

Waldo, Dr. Abigence. "Valley Forge, 1777-1778. Diary of Surgeon Albigence Waldo of the Connecticut Line," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 21 (1897), 299-323. LC Call Number: F146 .P65

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The Early Republic

DeConde, Alexander. Entangling Alliance: Politics and Diplomacy under George Washington. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1958. LC Call Number: E311 .D4

Elkins, Stanley M., and Eric McKitrick. The Age of Federalism. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993. LC Call Number: E310 .E45 1993

Ketcham, Ralph. Presidents above Party: The First American Presidency, 1789-1829. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1984. LC Call Number: JK511 .K47 1984

McDonald, Forrest. The Presidency of George Washington. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1994. LC Call Number: E311 .M12 1975

Phelps, Glenn A. George Washington and American Constitutionalism. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1993. LC Call Number: E312.29 .P44 1993

Sears, Louis Martin. George Washington and the French Revolution. c1960; Westport, Conn., Greenwood Press, 1973. LC Call Number: E312.29 .S4 1973

Smith, Richard Norton. Patriarch: George Washington and the New American Nation. Boston; New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993. LC Call Number: E312.29 .S65 1993

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