The Papers of Benjamin Franklin

The Papers of Benjamin Franklin: — Sponsored by the American Philosophical Society and Yale University: Digital Edition by the Packard Humanities Institute.

Clearly the best and most authoritative source on Benjamin Franklin’s writings anywhere.

Select Digital Edition to be taken to the Packard Humanities Institute digital text archive and/or the PHI homepage.

  • As of 8/14/2018, the Papers digital edition is offline, and has been for several days, perhaps over a week. The error message reads

This page ( is currently offline. However, because the site uses Cloudflare’s Always Online™ technology you can continue to surf a snapshot of the site. We will keep checking in the background and, as soon as the site comes back, you will automatically be served the live version.

The Cloudflare “Always Online” technology does not seem to be in effect. I spoke with a sales associate at Cloudflare on 8/13/2018, and she was going to submit a technical request. No change as of 8/14/2018.

  • on 8/15/2018 I reached the technical POC at PHI and forwarded a request for information to him.
  • 8/17-18/2018: the website is in the process of moving to a new server.
  • 8/22/2018 Confirmed online at

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