The Papers of the War Department
The Papers of the War Department project was created by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and funded by the NEH Division of Research and the NEH Office of Digital Humanities. The project gives users free access to over 42,000 War Department documents that date from 1784 to 1800. The topics of these papers examine a broad range of issues, events, and trends that occurred during the Early Republic, including distribution of clothing and disbursement of pensions, correspondence between officers and department leadership about interactions with Indigenous groups, and the general operations of the largest government agency of the time. Lifelong learners, students, and others interested in history will appreciate the opportunity to engage with these primary sources through a transcription project housed on the Papers of the War Department website.
This media resource includes three videos that answer a series of questions about the role of the War Department in the nation’s development from the late 18th century through the creation of the Department of Defense following WWII. Each video is accompanied by questions, resources, and information that can serve as a catalyst for student research.