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ORDERLY BOOKS OF
THE CONTINENTAL
AND BRITISH ARMIES

In September 2009, the Society completed a three-year project to conserve a collection of manuscript orderly books. The project was funded by a $67,000 matching grant from the Save America's Treasures program—a partnership of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National Park Service, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—to fund the preservation and conservation of irreplaceable and endangered historic properties, sites, documents, artistic works, and artifacts.

The Society's collection, now numbering forty-seven volumes, is one of the larger institutional holdings of orderly books in the United States. It includes forty-two orderly books kept by Continental Army or militia units during the Revolutionary War and five that document British army activities during the French and Indian and Revolutionary Wars. The collection is notable for the range of dates and units it covers, providing researchers the opportunity to compare examples of these critical day-to-day records of American and British military activities during two wars.

Because so many of the volumes were in their original "hard-worn" condition, access to and duplication of their contents had been severely limited. The grant enabled the Society to have the volumes structurally repaired, strengthened, cleaned, and housed in individual archival boxes to ensure their long-term preservation. The conservation work was carried out at the Center for the Conservation of Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia. Orderly books acquired since the conclusion of the Save America's Treasures project have been sent to CCAHA for similar treatment. Several of the orderly books have been digitized and are available through the Society's digital library.

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From the Robert Charles Lawrence Fergusson Collection

on the Art of War

From the Museum Collections

Regulations for the Order and Discipline of the Troops of the United States, Part I
Philadelphia: Printed by
Styner and Cist, 1779

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