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Through Historical Research and Indexing Aiding the Papers of George Washington Making George Washington's Manuscripts More Accessible

Presenters Name: 
Sarah Johnson
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Primary Research Mentor: 
Jeffrey Zvengrowski
Secondary Research Mentor: 
William Ferraro
2:00 - 3:15
Time of Presentation: 
2019 - 2:00pm to 3:15pm
Newcomb Hall Ballroom
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Presentations Academic Category: 
Grant Program Recipient: 
USOAR Program

The Papers of George Washington transcribes manuscripts from and to George Washington that are often difficult for today's readers to read in order to make those manuscripts accessible. PGW also annotates the transcriptions with footnotes to help readers interpret the manuscripts. In the fall I helped with historical research for the annotation for Revolutionary War Volume 28, which covers late August to October 1780. I located documents pertaining to the Benedict Arnold conspiracy and helped find information to create the ID’s for John André’s captors. In the spring I have been working on indexing Revolutionary Volume 27, which covers letters from July to August 1780. My work on the index will not only exist the back of the book but will also aid in expanding the digital database of the people and places mentioned in George Washington’s correspondence. The finished volumes will make the letters from and to George Washington more readily available and accessible.