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The Indexes

Below you will find links to the individual indexes of the first thirty-six volumes of The Papers of Benjamin Franklin. Because a single file of all the indexes would be too large for us to mount, we have divided the data roughly in half. The mid-point conveniently falls at November, 1776, just as Franklin embarked on his mission to France. Researchers may therefore search his early life, his activities in Philadelphia, and his missions to England in the first section (Volumes 1 through 22), and his years in France in the second section (Volumes 23 through 36).

Volumes 1 - 22 (January, 1706 - October, 1776)

Volumes 23 - 36 (November, 1776 - March 15, 1782)

 

Additional Information and Searching Tips:

Semicolons separate subentries; colons separate divisions within subentries. A volume and page reference in parentheses following a main entry refers to an individual's first identification in this edition.

To search the indexes, use the "Find" function provided by your web-browser. Keep in mind that main entries will invert names ("Franklin, Benjamin") and are also often followed by qualifiers (York Co., Pa.). Titles of various natures have been variously employed, and they also tend to change over time (Doe, John, Capt. and Doe, Lieut. Col. John may be the same person).

Accented characters and ligatures were inconsistently employed throughout the indexes, and in some cases they may resist the search function. Try using a word fragment if you find yourself unable to get any hits searching for a word that could be spelled with an accent, or to make sure that you have found all instances of the word. (For example, for "Morandi�re" search with "Morandi.")

Abbreviations and short names you may find in the indexes:

Adm.

Admiral

Amer.

American

Anon.

anonymous

Autobiog.

BF's autobiography

Belg.

Belgium

BF

Benjamin Franklin

BFB

Benjamin Franklin Bache

Biog. note

biographical note

Co.

Company OR County

Col.

Colonel

Commr(s).

commissioner(s)

Comp.

compiled/compiler

Conn.

Connecticut

Corresp.

Correspondence

Del.

Delaware

Dept.

Department

DF

Deborah Franklin

Eng.

England

Exper(s).

experiment(s)

Exper. and Obser.

Experiments and Observations

Ft.

Fort

Ga.

Georgia

Gaz.

Gazette

Gent. Mag.

Gentleman's Magazine

Ger.

Germany

Gov.

governor

Hist.

Historical

Hosp.

Hospital

Ill.

Illinois

Ire.

Ireland

Lib. Co.

Library Company

Lieut.

lieutenant

JA

John Adams

Jour.

Journal

JW

Jonathan Williams, Jr.

J.P.

justice of the peace

Ky.

Kentucky

M.P.

Member of Parliament

Mag.

Magazine

Mass.

Massachusetts

Md.

Maryland

Me.

Maine

MS(S)

manuscript(s)

No.

number

No. Car.

North Carolina

N.C.

North Carolina

N.E.

New England

N.H.

New Hampshire

N.J.

New Jersey

N.S.

Nova Scotia

N.Y.

New York

Neth.

Netherlands

Obser(s).

observation(s)

Pa.

Pennsylvania

Phila.

Philadelphia

Polly

Mary Stevenson

Prov. commr(s).

Provincial Commissioner(s)

Pseud.

pseudonym

R.

River

RB

Richard Bache

Regt.

Regiment

Rev.

Reverend OR Review

R.I.

Rhode Island

Sally F.

Sarah Franklin Bache

SB

Sarah Franklin Bache

Scot.

Scotland

So. Car.

South Carolina

Soc.

Society

Sept.

September

S.C.

South Carolina

Trans.

Translation

Va.

Virginia

WF

William Franklin

WTF

William Temple Franklin

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