At present, the Project has cataloged nearly 40,000 documents written by and to James Monroe. The majority of these documents are housed at the National Archives and the Library of Congress, with additional substantial collections at the Virginia State Archives, New York Public Library, James Monroe Museum and Philadelphia Historical Society. Although we frequently work from original documents to create our transcriptions, the Papers project is, by design, not in possession of any original Monroe items. We often have digital images or microfilm copies of letters that have been published in Volumes 1-6, and are happy to reference those as needed to resolve research requests. Additional information regarding locating and accessing original documents is available on our Research Resources page.
To date, we have published 6 volumes of selected Monroe correspondence. A Table of Contents for each volume is accessible from the list to the left. Volumes are available through many College and University libraries, Inter-Library Loan or the publisher, ABC-Clio. Published transcriptions may also be accessed, in limited form, through our online catalogue.