Get Your Firsthand Hamilton Fix With These 12,000 Scanned Documents

Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? For your obedient servant, A. Ham., it’s the Library of Congress using his own writing.

If you’re still crazy for Hamilton, you’re not alone. And the Library of Congress noticed. So they’ve scanned and uploaded 12,000 documents from their Alexander Hamilton collection so that you can spend as long as you like reading them without making a trip to DC. You can thank Eliza. When she sings, “I try to make sense of your thousands of pages of writings. You really do write like you’re running out of time,” it’s true. She then spent her remaining 50 years defending and preserving his legacy–and those writings. The LoC acquired them in 1848 and has been adding to them ever since.

You can read Hamilton’s rules for his son Philip after his graduation–and let your kids know that Philip also had to be up at 6 a.m.:

And read every bit of the “best of wives and best of women” letter he left Elizabeth before his duel with Aaron Burr:

Followed by the letter her father, Philip Schuyler, wrote her later that fall regarding her grief:

Or find your own treasures in the pages.

By day, Ruth works to make open source software communities better. The rest of the time, she makes things, which means her husband and kids know to watch out for stray sewing pins and to ask before eating anything made of fondant.