Scholars who were recently among the first to examine the papers of King George III, the English monarch in power when the American colonies declared independence, in the Georgian Papers at England’s Windsor Castle will reveal their early findings in a symposium Friday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m., at the Library of Congress.
The event is free, but tickets are required. To secure tickets, visit this event-ticketing site: eventbrite.com/e/the-georgian-papers-programme-tickets-39738048573. The symposium will be held in the Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119, located at 10 First St. SE, Washington, D.C.
The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is partnering with the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and King’s College London to host the symposium and support the study of the collection of King George III through the Georgian Papers Programme, a partnership among British and American institutions.
Featured scholars for the symposium will include:
Arthur Burns, academic director of the Georgian Papers Programme and professor of modern British history at King’s College London
Karin Wulf, director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture and professor of history at the College of William & Mary; the Omohundro Institute and William & Mary are the primary U.S. partners in the Georgian Papers Programme
Andrew O’Shaughnessy, vice president at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and professor of history at the University of Virginia
Jim Ambuske, the Farmer Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at the University of Virginia School of Law library
Following the symposium, there will be a small display of items from the Library’s British Cartoon Prints Collection, which includes caricatures highlighting British political life, society and tensions with the colonies.
The Library is collaborating with the Royal Collection Trust and King’s College London to digitize, disseminate and interpret the Georgian Papers, which include the papers of King George III (1738-1820). Approximately 85 percent of the Georgian Papers have never before been examined by scholars. They include correspondence, maps, essays and royal ledgers.
A major exhibition, “The Two Georges,” is planned for 2020-2021 to explore the overlapping worlds of King George III and George Washington, two globally significant figures of the late 18th century. The exhibition, exploring the commonalities and contrasts between the two men and the global political and cultural contexts of their lives, will open first at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and subsequently at a venue in London.