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Wayne Rickert collection of founders' autographs

 Collection — Container: Shelf: 122.H.5
Identifier: 2021-SC-004

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.


  • 1770-1831

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

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington Repository

PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121