This Collection, originally called at Yale the Mason-Franklin Collection, is the most extensive collection of materials by, about, and around Franklin and his times to be found in a single collection anywhere in the world. A digital version of the Franklin Papers previously available to scholars and researchers on a CD-ROM, is now available to the public with an Introduction by Edmund S. Morgan. This digital edition includes texts of the published papers and unverified, rough transcriptions of the as-yet-unpublished material. The rough transcriptions will be replaced with verified texts as future volumes of the Franklin Papers are published. The texts are fully searchable and they are indexed by volume, name of correspondent, and date. The digital edition does not include our editorial headnotes and footnotes. It does, however, contain biographical sketches of all Franklin's correspondents, written exclusively for this database, and it provides translations of some of the French documents.