The George Rogers Clark Collection
American Revolutionary soldier and frontier leader who led the campaign against
the British in the Northwest Territory. He succeeded in capturing the
key British strongholds of Kaskaskia, Cahokia, and Vincennes, holding this territory
and thereby saving the Illinois and Kentucky region for the colonies.
The George Rogers Clark Papers were filmed in 1991 from original documents at the
Virginia State Library and Archives in Richmond. They pertain to the
Illinois Regiment of the Virginia State Forces and are held in the SAR Archives
on thirteen rolls of microfilm. These reels contain 16,858 frames with
approximately 85,000 images of original documents (there is usually more than one
document per frame). These papers are dated from January 1778 through
November 1834. There is a six-volume printed index to the papers (also
contained on two microfiche cards) along with abstracts held on seven microfiche
cards. The index, completed in 1995, has 97,579 entries for 20,110
documents filmed on the thirteen reels.
The George Washington Collection
Colonel in the French and Indian War. General in charge of commanding
the Continental Army in the American Revolution. First President (1789-1796)
of the newly formed United States of America.
The George Washington Collection consists of around 1200 books and 750 journal
and magazine articles. Whether they are books about the president of
the United States, biography, correspondence, juvenile literature, or periodical
writings about every imaginable aspect of Washington's life, all of these materials
relate to our first president in some way.
In addition to these printed materials, the George Washington Room also contains
the Morristown Manuscript Collection. This collection, held on sixty-nine
rolls of microfilm, contains 17,500 documents. Over one-third of these
documents are made up of manuscripts, journals account books, letters, etc. relating
to the Revolutionary War and George Washington. Another part of the
Washington Room is the George Washington Papers. These are held on 124
rolls of microfilm which contain 64,786 documents dated from 1697 to 1799 relating
to George Washington and his family.
French statesman who came to America in 1777 and joined George Washington's staff
as a major-general in the Continental Army. He persuaded Louis XVI to
send French troops to the aid of the American colonists, which proved instrumental
in the defeat of Cornwallis at Yorktown, Virginia in 1781.
The Lafayette Papers are held in the SAR Archives on sixty-four rolls of microfilm.
They were filmed in 1996 from the correspondence, letterbooks, notebooks, memoirs,
writings, speeches, family papers, and household records which were discovered in
1956 at Chateau La Grange, where Lafayette lived from 1799 until his death.
These papers contain information about Lafayette's military, political, and private
life in addition to French and American history of the late 18th and early 19th
centuries. Also included are some papers of the Lasteyrie family,
descendants of Lafayette who inhabited the chateau. These documents
range in time from around 1457 to 1990.
The Hessian Collection
A collection of notebooks and information on the German troops used during the
Revolutionary War (not indexed at this time).
Our video collection contains videotapes of SAR activities and TV documentaries
of Revolutionary War history. These are available for loan only to SAR
Chapters and State Societies.