The creators of this website are Talya Halpern, Kelly Wuyscik, Andrea Meyer, and Lisa Meissner, four college students enrolled in a Digital History Seminar at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. While learning the importance of digitizing history through discussion, we were also given the opportunity to have hands-on experience and create two websites of our own. The four of us were assigned to the James Monroe Papers Research Project. Working under the guidance of Dr. Daniel Preston and Dr. Jeffrey McClurken, we were asked to create an official website addressing the work that Dr. Daniel Preston does in regards to James Monroe and his documents, as well as create a website to host the official dispatches of James Monroe during his mission to France. At Dr. Preston’s suggestion, we digitized National Archives microfilm containing over 45 letters that James Monroe wrote while he was the Minister to France for the United States, as well as all enclosures. We have taken the initiative to transcribe a few of the dispatches and create an exhibit for public viewing.
After May of 2008, we will no longer be enrolled in the course, so the site will no longer continue to be updated. This project has opened our eyes to the fact that James Monroe was more than just a President; he was also an important force in France during a time of political turmoil. We hope you will take the time to look around the site and gain a greater appreciation for James Monroe just like we have.
Talya, Kelly, Andrea and Lisa
The James Monroe Papers Team