On April 1, 2015 the Georgian Papers Programme was launched at Windsor Castle in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen. A collaboration between King’s College London, founded by George IV, and the Royal Collection Trust, the Programme aims to digitize, disseminate, and interpret an extraordinarily rich collection of materials, including correspondence, maps, and royal household ledgers. Making this extensive collection of approximately 350,000 items available to scholars the world over, the project will transform our understanding of the Georgian period, in England and through its connections in the wider world.
On October 6, 2015, the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, along with the College of William & Mary, was announced as the primary U.S. partner for the Georgian Papers Programme. The digital availability of this extraordinarily rich and varied collection will have important bearing on the history of North America and the transatlantic worlds of politics, science, and religion in the long eighteenth century.
The Omohundro Institute’s partnership has included fellowships supporting research in the original papers at Windsor Castle, early access to the first of the digitized materials at Swem Library, and other opportunities for scholars of the period to engage with the project and the materials.