This week seems like the appropriate time to learn more about the founding of the United States. The papers of six founders were posted online last month by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. Diaries and other documents by George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison are presented in searchable form. The collection includes more than 119,000 searchable documents, fully annotated, from the authoritative Founding Fathers Papers projects. Founders Online also includes transcriptions of thousands of documents that have not yet appeared in the published volumes.
The National Archives, through its National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), has entered into a cooperative agreement with The University of Virginia Press to create this site and make freely available online the historical documents of the Founders of the United States of America.
Quoting from the Web site:
"You will be able to search across the records of all six Founders and read first drafts of the Declaration of Independence, the spirited debate over the Constitution and Bill of Rights, and the very beginnings of American law, government, and our national story. You will be able to compare and contrast the thoughts and ideas of these six individuals and their correspondents as they discussed and debated through their letters and documents.The Founders Online web site is available at: http://founders.archives.gov.
"In its initial phase, Founders Online contains nearly 120,000 fully searchable documents. Soon we will be adding more documents drawn from the print editions and additional transcriptions of documents. As work continues on each of the ongoing publishing projects, newly annotated and edited records will be added. When it is complete, Founders Online will include approximately 175,000 documents in this living monument to America’s Founding Era."