James Monroe Papers

The Papers of James Monroe is a documentary editing project based at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  The goal of the project is to publish a scholarly ten-volume collection of selected letters and papers documenting the life and career of the fifth president of the United States.  To date, 5 volumes have been published. These volumes feature Monroe’s earliest documented correspondence, written from Valley Forge during the winter of 1777, and continue through his appointment as Secretary of State in 1811. Volume 6, to be published in 2017, will cover 1811-1813 and draw on correspondence from the War of 1812 and Monroe’s concurrent cabinet positions as Secretary of State and Secretary of War.

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Header image: Sketch of James Monroe, by John Vanderlyn, is courtesy of the College of William and Mary, Swem Library