The Papers of William Short

My name is Marty D. Matthews and I am co-editor along with Monica Henry of a new NHPRC funded project, The Papers of William Short, a born-digital documentary edition, hosted by the Institute for Southern Studies at the University of South Carolina, focusing on Virginian William Short (1759-1849), who was a U.S. diplomat and fiscal agent in Europe, a successful businessman and philanthropist in the United States, an early advocate of the emancipation of enslaved people in Virginia, and Thomas Jefferson’s “adoptive son.” Our website is at

Marty D. Matthews, Ph.D.

Co-Project Director and Editor
The Papers of William Short
University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies
Columbia, SC 29208 

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