Hamilton inspires Library of Congress to digitize hundreds of Alexander Hamilton documents
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Are you a Hamilton superfan who needs to read Alexander Hamilton’s actual notes for George Washington’s farewell address and sing along to “One Last Time” while doing so? Do you need to see for yourself if Hamilton really did write, “My dearest, Angelica” with a comma after dearest? The Library of Congress has made your historical and/or theater nerd fantasies a reality by posting images of more than 800 of the Founding Father’s documents online.
Before the move to digitize, interested fans would have to travel to Washington to see the letters, notes, and reports. And even then, they could only view the documents on microfilm. Julie Miller, the Library of Congress’ curator of early American manuscripts, told NPR that the decision to upload them was motivated by the popularity of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical.
Hamilton kicked off its tour in Los Angeles earlier this month, the third iteration of the musical joining the perpetually sold-out Broadway and Chicago productions. A London run is also forthcoming.
You can see the Hamilton documents on the library’s website now. Well, at least all the ones Eliza didn’t burn.