The Henry Laurens Project is a multi-volume scholarly edition of the papers of the eighteenth-century merchant, planter and statesman Henry Laurens. It formally began in 1962 at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. under the direction of Philip M. Hamer, former Executive Director of the National Historical Publications Commission. Three years later, George C. Rogers, Jr. joined the project, which was later relocated at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. The current staff is composed of editors David R. Chesnutt and C. James Taylor and assistant editors Peggy J. Clark and Thomas Downey. The collection of Henry Laurens Papers at the South Carolina Historical Society is the largest and most significant body of Laurens material, but many other repositories also contain Laurens material. As this is written, the fifteenth volume of the Laurens Papers is at press, and the sixteenth and final volume is well under way. The editors also plan a cumulative index to the series. Sponsors of the project include the South Carolina Historical Society and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. The National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of South Carolina provide financial support.
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