Today’s featured database, Founders Online, is a collection of the personal writings of America’s founding fathers: George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. This database provides access to diaries, letters and other primary resources, allowing you to interpret their meaning without anyone else’s filter. Here you can read and search through over 149,000 documents, glean revelations about the individuals who shaped the beginnings of our country, and witness firsthand how the American Republic was formed.
Who should use this collection:
Cadets who are taking classes on politics and early American History.
Users will be able to:
- Find detailed collections of all of the documents authored and received by, or related to, individual leaders of the period.
- Access the written record of the original thoughts, ideas, debates, and principles of our democracy.
- 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.
- Compare and contrast the thoughts and ideas of the six founding individuals as they discussed and debated through their letters and documents.
Tips for searching Founders Online.
- Search by categories: Author, Recipient or Period from bottom of the homepage.
- Search transcriptions of thousands of documents that have not yet appeared in the published volumes, provided via the Early Access program.
- For more information on searching, consult How to use this site, where you will find details on Researching a person, Researching a time period and Researching a concept.
Additional searching hints are provided at Search Help located under Quick Links.
As always, ask a Librarian for help if you have any questions about any of our research products!
Contents contributed by Serials Librarian, Manja Yirka