Wayne Rickert collection of founders' autographs
Scope and Contents
The collection contains 41 manuscripts dating 1770-1831. Many of the manuscripts date from the era of the American Revolution, and several are directly relevant to the course of the war. Among the documents are single letters by John Adams, Aaron Burr, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Hancock, Patrick Henry, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, Lafayette, James Madison, John Marshall, James Monroe, Paul Revere, and George Washington, as well as letters and other documents that include the signatures of signers of the Declaration of Independence.
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research during scheduled appointments. Researchers must complete the Washington Library’s Special Collections and Archives Registration Form before access is provided. The library reserves the right to restrict access to certain items for preservation purposes.
Biographical / Historical
Wayne and Grace Rickert donated the collection of founders' autographs to the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington in 2021.
41 Sheets (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
Arranged alphabetically by author.
- In Progress
- Alison Wells, Special Collections Archivist
- May 2022
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description