The David Library of the American Revolution
Revolutionary War documentation on sacred historical ground
You are a stone’s throw from where Washington crossed the Delaware to score a significant Revolutionary War victory. The David Library has more than 40,000 rare books. But it is the collection of approximately 10,000 reels of microfilm that attracts researchers. In all, there are nearly eight million pages documenting events from 1750 to 1800 and the American Revolution: diaries, dissertations, correspondence, government records, military service records, newspapers and periodicals.
Among these are significant British sources not available anywhere else in the United States. And although clearly focused on the American Revolution, the library also holds documents from the French and Indian Wars. Check for an exhibition in the Rose Gallery of the Feinstone Conference Center adjacent to the library.
The David Library was founded by Sol Feinstone (1888-1980), a businessman and collector who dreamed of turning his Washington Crossing farm into a library devoted to the study of the Revolution. The library, opened in 1974, contains Feinstone’s personal collection, which continues to grow through the nonprofit foundation he established to support it.
Open Tue – Sat. Collections are non-circulating. An appointment is recommended.
The David Library offers free lectures by distinguished scholars of early American history who participate in the library’s Research Fellowships program.