US: Papers of the War Department, 1784-1800

After a traumatic and devastating fire in 1800, many historians though
that the early files of the United States War Department were
essentially lost forever. Thankfully, the Center for History and New
Media at George Mason University recently completed a decade long
project to locate all of these records and place them online here. The
collection is a very important one, because during this time period the
War Department was responsible for Indian affairs, veteran affairs, and
naval affairs. The project was begun in earnest by Ted Crackel in the
mid-1990s and it involved visits to over 200 repositories and consulting
over 3,000 collections in the United States, Canada, England, France,
and Scotland. Now, visitors can browse through 55,000 documents, and
also perform detailed searches, complete with links to digitized images
of each document. Interested parties can also browse the collection by
year or person of interest. In short, this is an extremely valuable
project that will be of interest to those with a penchant for American
history, and early American military history in particular.

Autor: Klaus Graf

Historiker und Archivar, Blogger

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