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This Committee is charged with fulfilling the SAR’s obligations as set forth in the agreement between the SAR and King’s College London (KCL) in support of the Georgian Papers Programme.

Beginning in 2016, KCL and the Royal Library & Archives launched a five-year project – the Georgian Papers Programme – to digitize approximately 350,000 private papers of the Hanoverian monarchs, including George III, the king from whom the American colonies rebelled to assert their liberty and achieve their independence. KCL hopes to create an open, online archive and library of these papers, 85% of which have been unknown to scholars. This digitization of the Georgian Papers is expected to be complete by 2020.

Following discussions with the College of William & Mary and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, KCL signed a Memorandum of Understanding recognizing both as the lead American academic partners in relation to the Georgian Papers Programme. This event was celebrated in October 2015 in Washington, DC. Memoranda of Understanding were also signed in 2016 with the SAR and with the Mount Vernon Ladies Association to support visiting scholars and fellowships.

As modified, the SAR’s agreement with KCL is in effect through 2020. One SAR Visiting Professorship is awarded annually for each of the academic years 2016 through 2020. The SAR-KCL Partnership Committee compiles a list of three to five academics for each year, and from this list, KCL makes the final selection of the SAR Visiting Professor. SAR Visiting Professors have direct, regular access to the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle and individual workspace at King’s College London. This includes access to College libraries and those of the University of London, as well as the British Library and the National Archives at Kew.

Each SAR Visiting Professor is expected to make a significant contribution to increased public understanding and appreciation – both in the USA and Great Britain – of the decades surrounding the American Revolution, and in so doing, contribute to academic discourse.

SAR Visiting Professors work on their own research and are invited to lead an academic seminar or series of seminars on the interpretation of the archives in relation to their own work. They are also available to the staff of the Georgian Papers Programme for consultation about interpretation and dissemination.

SAR Visiting Professors are required to prepare a paper relating to their area of study and use of the Royal Archives, and to offer their paper to the SAR for publication. They are also asked to speak about their work in relation the King’s College London and the Royal Archives at SAR events.

SAR Visiting Professorships are expected to be of eight-week duration, but subject to faculty discussion may be spread across more than one term.

The SAR, KCL and its other partners hope this project will transform the understanding of Georgian Britain and its monarchy, at a time of profound cultural, political, economic and social change which created the modern nation.

For more information, please contact President General Joseph W. Dooley (2013-2014) at joe.dooley.1776@gmail.com. Please also visit the websites for the Georgian Papers Programme and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.