The Rupert Hughes Collection of Material on George Washington was gathered together by Hughes in the course of writing his three-volume life of Washington, 1926–1930. The collection of 270 volumes and sixty pamphlets on Washington is augmented by transcripts of letters he wrote, the originals of which are held at the Clements and Huntington Libraries. The collection also contains copies and original clippings concerning Washington, printed both during and after his lifetime. No original Washington manuscript material is present, however.


There is an early edition (1804) of Weems’ Life of Washington in which the author concocted the fable of the cherry tree. Among other works on the early life of Washington are those by Aaron Bancroft (1808), John Corry (1810), and David Ramsay (1811).

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