Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington

Doug Bradburn Opens the Door to George Washington’s Library

“Washington has been the subject of thousands of books and articles, and yet he still remains a distant figure to many of us,” says Douglas Bradburn, PhD, founding director of Mount Vernon’s Fred W. Smith National Library, shown above.

Located adjacent to Washington’s Mount Vernon estate, the library fosters new scholarly research about George Washington and the Founding Era, while safeguarding original Washington books and manuscripts.

Bradburn, who has headed the library since it opened in the fall of 2013, notes that the library is “more than the books, manuscript collections, and digital archives that we are holding and building. In fact, Bradburn intends that the library become “the leading center for the study of George Washington and the Founding of the United States.” (more…)