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Conversations at the Washington Library

232 EpisodesProduced by George Washington's Mount VernonWebsite

Conversations at the Washington Library is the premier podcast about George Washington and his Early American world.


228. Editing the Adams Family Papers with Dr. Sara Georgini

The Adams Family is one of the more prominent families in American history. They were at the center of the American Revolution, they helped create a new republic, shaped the young nation’s foreign policy, and later were central to the development of the history profession.

Fortunately, we know much about their lives because of the countless letters and diaries they’ve left us. And it is up to a team of editors at the Massachusetts Historical Society to help us make sense of it all.

On today’s show, Dr. Sara Georgini joins Jim Ambuske to talk about what it’s like to edit the Adams Family Papers and the questions they help us answer.

Georgini is Series Editor for The Papers of John Adams, and she is also the author of Household Gods: The Religious Lives of the Adams Family, published by Oxford University Press in 2018.

We’re joined today by co-host Dr. Anne Fertig, the Washington Library’s Digital Projects Editor.

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