On December 18, 1836, Henry Van Der Lyn penned a letter to his nephew describing a visit to the Georgetown home of Col. George Corbin Washington, with a former student, Congressman Aaron Ward. As they prepared to leave, George Washington's grand-nephew called them back to show them "some relicks" of his esteemed great uncle. In his letter, Van Der Lyn then gushes about the manuscripts, including Washington's ciphering book, surveying book, a journal of the 1745 expedition to...Read More
This post was written by Julia Lipkins, Reference Archivist, Manuscript Department.
Archival collections from the Revolutionary War period are thick with stories of soldiers and generals, their battles won and lost. Although less evident, collections of this era also contain documentation of what President Obama recently described as the “nation’s original sin,”[i] i.e. the institution of slavery. I recently examined the papers of Horatio Gates (1728-1806), a general in the Continental Army, who defeated the British at the...Read More
This post was written by Mariam Touba, Reference Librarian for Printed Collections
Take a look. Dated January 2, 1776, many months earlier than once thought, this, quite likely, is the first time the name “United States of America” was ever written, or possibly even expressed.
People have indeed tossed around the question, “Who named this country?” for quite some time. It certainly is amusing that, for all our hubris about our national origins, we haven’t known who...Read More
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