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Benjamin Franklin: Man of Business and Science

Biography & Founding Fathers Papers

Thomas Nast, artist. Signing the Declaration of Independence. Popular Graphic Arts. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

While not specifically science or business in nature, we have included biographical and primary sources that can be helpful in discovering more about Benjamin Franklin's science and business related activities. Below you will find a number of digitized collections including the papers of Franklin and other Founding Fathers, as well as other resources that can provide images and additional avenues of research. Collections materials regarding other Founding Fathers have been included to give more context to Franklin's connections and actions during the colonial, revolutionary, and post-war periods.


The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available.

Papers of the Founding Fathers

The following titles link to digital collections and research guides, as well as the National Archives and Records Administration's collection of Founders' documents.

Internet Resources

The following is a selected list of online resources where researchers will discover more information on the life of Benjamin Franklin. These resources include online exhibits, digital collections, and guides.