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General Information

Wythepedia is divided into two main categories: The George Wythe Collection and The George Wythe Encyclopedia. In both sections, citations follow The Chicago Manual of Style except citations for legal materials. Citations for legal materials follow The Bluebook. When choosing whether or not to provide a citation consider whether or not the information may be considered common knowledge. "If the information is found exclusively in a particular source, you must clearly acknowledge that source ... Or if you use a piece of information discovered by another scholar in the course of his or her own research, you must cite your source. But if the fact or information is generally well known and accepted—for example, that Woodrow Wilson served as president of both Princeton University and the United States ... you do not need to cite a source. Note that facts are different from ideas: facts may not need to be cited, whereas ideas must always be cited."[1]

The George Wythe Collection

This section of Wythepedia is devoted to the library of George Wythe especially as represented by The George Wythe Collection at the College of William & Mary's Wolf Law Library. A page will be created for each title or set known or suspected to have been owned by Wythe. See Help:Book Pages Style for information on formatting the book pages.

The George Wythe Encyclopedia

This section of Wythepedia covers all aspects of Wythe's life and career other than his library. The sections below are those which have been identified at this point. We expect to add more sections as time and imagination allow.

Biographical pages concerning Wythe

Eventually we plan to have a page devoted to every part of Wythe's life. Some of the early pages include Wythe's Death, Wythe's Judicial Career, and Wythe the Teacher. These pages should all link to the main biography page and include references and any links to appropriate Wythepedia pages or outside materials (such as full-text articles, items in the repository, or reference materials available online).

For citations, see #General Information.

While we might add full-text pdf files for some shorter materials, we will not be adding full-text for lengthy articles or books. We will be expanding the book/article reviews pages for the biographies of Wythe (see "Further Reading" on the main biography page).

Biographical pages for other people

Biographical pages for the people in Wythe's life will be created as needed. These pages should contain general information and emphasize the person's relationship to Wythe. For an example, see the page for William DuVal. Short biographical pages have also been created for each of the recipients of books from Wythe's Library. See Martha Jefferson Randolph and Thomas Jefferson Randolph for examples of these pages. Each page needs at least one category such as "Wythe's Students," "Wythe's Family Members," or "Recipients of Wythe's Books." If the pages have more than one category, list them alphabetically.

Letters and Papers

We are actively searching for all examples of letters to, from, or about George Wythe (and any other Wythe papers that might be "out there"). The pages for the letters include a transcription of the text and an image of the letter when available. If we find a transcription, we credit the source. See Letters and Papers for the complete list of Wythe's correspondence located to date. Pages are named and citations formed using The Chicago Manual of Style. See Help:Images for information regarding the metadata needed for letter image files. All letter pages should be given one of these categories: Letters from Wythe, Letters to Wythe, Letters about Wythe. If the pages have more than one category, list them alphabetically.

Wythe's Judicial Decisions

We will include a short summary of all of Wythe's available judicial decisions. Particularly noteworthy cases, such as Commonwealth v. Caton, will receive more in-depth discussion.

For citations, see #General Information.


  1. "When to Cite Sources," Princeton University website, accessed September 5, 2013.